Guys and Dolls is at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield from 7th December 2019 to 18th January 2020. Guys and Dolls A Musical Fable of Broadway based on a story and characters of Damon Runyon. The show has Music and Lyrics by Frank Loesser and Book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows. It is performed in arrangement with Music Theatre International (Europe) LTD.
It’s time to roll the dice and fall in love under the bright lights of New York city! To settle a bet, high roller Sky Masterson pursues straight-laced Sergeant Sarah Brown, only to fall head over heels for his unlikely love. This spectacular musical comedy is a high energy riot of breathtaking dance and features all-time favourites Luck be a Lady, Guys and Dolls and the irresistible Sit Down, You’re Rocking the Boat.
The show’s creative team includes Director: Robert Hastie; Designer: Janet Bird; Choreographer: Matt Flint; Musical Director and New Musical Arrangements: Will Stuart; Lighting Designer: Howard Hudson; Sound Designer: Mike Walker; Casting Director: Stuart Burt CDG.
Artistic Director of Sheffield Theatres, Robert Hastie has previously announced the cast of this revival of Guys and Dolls – which includes, Natalie Casey (Miss Adelaide), Darragh Cowley (Lt Brannigan), Dafydd Emyr (Big Jule), Jacob Fisher (Harry the Horse), Adrian Hansel (Benny Southstreet), Dawn Hope (General Cartwright), Kadiff Kirwan (Sky Masterson), TJ Lloyd (Nicely-Nicely Johnson), Matthew Malthouse (Rusty Charlie), Martin Marquez (Nathan Detroit), Ross McLaren (Angie the Ox), Garry Robson (Arvide Abernathy), and Alex Young (Sarah Brown) with Shaquille Brush (Havana Boy), Frances Camier (Havana Girl), Charlotte Coggin, Adam Denman, Emily Dunn, Tash Holway, Samantha Hull, Kate Playdon and Anthony Starr.
Our Q&A with Dawn Hope
What attracted you to be a part of this production?
Dawn: I grew up watching Guys and Dolls. So when I got an invitation to be in this ‘Iconic Show’, I knew it had to be now or never. Also to come back home to Sheffield, after a twenty four year absence is very special me… and over Christmas.
Can you tell us about General Cartwright and how she fits into the storyline?
Dawn: General Matilda B. Cartwright of The Salvation Army, has to deliver disappointing news to a much admired hard working New York Mission Team. Wonderfully led by Sergeant Sarah Brown and her grandfather Arvide, The Mission Branch is to be closed down, due to the lack of spiritual interest in a very tough part of town.
Do you have a favourite song or dance routine in the show?
Dawn: I’m a bit of a romantic, so my favourite is “I’ll Know “… melts my heart every time. ( clearing my throat)
For you, what is it about Guys and Dolls that makes it such a successful show?
Dawn: It’s the very clever Damon Runyon characters, which are so descriptive and funny, up against amazing songs such as, Luck Be A Lady , Sit Down Your Rocking The Boat , Take Back Your Mink, If I Were A Bell and many many more fantastic song.
Why should theatregoers get along to see Guys and Dolls?
Dawn: I can’t think of a better feel good show, to lose yourself in right now, great music, comedy, fabulous ‘Hot Box’ dance routines and wonderful singing, I’m not a gambling girl. BUT! I’m sure everybody will come out humming the tune ‘Guys and Dolls’. Just saying…
Dawn Hope returns to Sheffield Theatres to play General Cartwright – she previously appeared in Chicago. Other theatre work includes Follies (National Theatre), Miss Littlewood (RSC), The Scottsboro Boys (Young Vic / Garrick Theatre), Porgy and Bess (Savoy Theatre), Piaf (UK tour / Piccadilly Theatre), Bubbling Brown Sugar (Peacock Theatre), They’re Playing Our Song (Shaftesbury Theatre), The Black Mikado (Cambridge Theatre), Time (Dominion Theatre), Little Shop of Horrors (Comedy Theatre), Simply Heavenly (Trafalgar Studio), Josephine (BAC), Lady Day at Emmerson’s Bar and Grill (Charing Cross Theatre / New End Theatre and UK Tour), The Devil in The Blue Dress (Bunker Theatre), Intimate Apparel (Bath Theatre Royal / Park Theatre) and Rough Crossings (Lyric Theatre Hammersmith / UK tour). For television her work includes I Live with Models, Coronation Street (as series regular Alison Soames), Waiting for God, Comics, The Heart Surgeon and The Look of Love; and for film, Melody, Black Joy, Midnight Breaks and Gummed Labels.
A SHEFFIELD THEATRES PRODUCTION
GUYS AND DOLLS
A Musical Fable of Broadway
Sat 7 Dec 2019 – Sat 18 Jan 2020