A new version of Tim Rice’s musical Blondel will head to London’s Union Theatre from the 21st June.
With lyrics by Tim Rice and music by Stephen Oliver, Blondel follows the trials an triumphs of an ambitious minstrel in King Richard the Lionheart’s court.
When King Richard announces that he’s off on a Middle East Crusade to give Saladin a piece of his mind (and sword), the struggling court musician Blondel is forced to stay behind to write songs in praise of the King’s evil – and ambitious – brother, Prince John. Worse still, Blondel is separated from his sweetheart Fiona, who has been press-ganged into the King’s of cial crusade dry cleaning dept. However when Richard is captured by the murky – and rather cunning – Duke of Austria (just before the interval), Blondel decides to embark upon a pan- European adventure to save his King, Fiona, and England.
Talking of the news Tim Rice said: “I’m delighted Blondel is returning to the stage. It was one of the most enjoyable projects of my career, and I’ve always felt Stephen Oliver’s wonderful music deserved a larger audience than it reached back in 1983 when the show first ran. I hope this new production at the terrific Union Theatre will please old fans and find some new ones.”
This new production will be directed by Sasha Regan, with casting yet to be announced. The creative team will include choreography by Chris Whittaker, designs by Ryan Dawson Laight and lighting by Iain Dennis. Blondel is produced by Aaron Rogers & Sasha Regan for Union Theatre and Donald Rice for Heartaches Limited.
Blondel will play at the Union Theatre from the 21st June until the 15th July. For more information and to book tickets visit: http://www.uniontheatre.biz/blondel.html