The new musical adaptation of D.H. Lawrence’s infamous literary classic, Lady Chatterley’s Lover, will come to the West End for a strictly limited run this summer. Crafted by composer John Robinson (Behind the Iron Mask, Duchess Theatre; Closer to the Sun, Harold Pinter Theatre), this world premiere at Shaftesbury Theatre will re-energise Lawrence’s sensation for a new audience.
This world premiere adaptation will be filmed to stream later in the year before future live performances.
The impassioned tale of female agency and Lady Chatterley’s pursuit of a life more than half-lived changed the literary landscape of Britain. Banned as scandalous erotica when first published and subject of a watershed obscenity trial, Lawrence’s text caused outrage not just because of the expletives and explicit sexual relationship, but because it presented a physical relationship that traversed social class divides. This intense and fiery classic will find new frenzied power in its translation to the stage.
Lady Chatterley’s Lover is directed by the award-winning Sasha Regan (Blondel, Union Theatre; The Last Five Years, St. James Theatre) with original libretto by Phil Willmott (Once Upon a Time At the Adelphi; Relativity: The Einstein Musical), and production design by Andrew Exeter (High Fidelity, Turbine Theatre; Scaramouche Jones, Stream.Theatre).
Composer John Robinson comments, I am thrilled to be back in the West End with my latest musical – it’s a project very close to my heart given my own roots in D.H. Lawrence country and I hope to give due justice to both the ground-breaking novel as well as the area in which it is set. By recording the show for streaming later this year we’re also guaranteeing it a fabulous future life to ensure more audiences can enjoy the work.
Show Lady Chatterley’s Lover
Dates Friday 18th June 2021, 7.30pm
Saturday 19th June 2021, 2.30pm
Location Shaftesbury Theatre, 210 Shaftesbury Avenue, London WC2H 8DP
How to Get There Tottenham Court Road (Northern Line and Central Line) is a 4-minute walk away. Charing Cross Overground Station is 18 minutes’ walk away.
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Writer D.H. Lawrence
Composer/Lyricist John Robinson
Orchestrator Bjorn Dobbelaere
Director Sasha Regan
Original libretto Phil Willmott
Designer Andrew Exeter
Lighting Nic Farman
Movement Chris Whittaker
MD Michael Bradley
Producer GBM PRODUCTIONS LTD