Thom Southerland will direct this first London revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical at the Charing Cross Theatre from the 20th November.
Featuring a revised score and libretto from Andrew Lloyd Webber and David Zippel, The Woman in White is a tale of love and greed, adapted from Wilkie Collins’ haunting Victorian thriller.
Walter Hartright’s life is changed forever after a chance encounter with a mysterious woman, dressed in white, desperate to reveal her chilling secret. When he takes up his position as drawing master to the beautiful Laura Fairlie and her half sister, Marian, he sees in Laura’s face an eerie reflection of the forlorn creature he met previously. Walter and Laura’s feelings for each other are thwarted by her engagement to the sinister Sir Percival Glyde. What is the connection between, Laura, Sir Percival, and the woman in white? Can true love prevail?
With casting yet to be announced, the creative team is set to include: set design by Morgan Large, costume design by Jonathan Lipman, lighting design by Rick Fisher and sound design by Andrew Johnson. The production will be produced by Patrick Gracey, Steven M. Levy and Vaughan Williams by arrangement with The Really Useful Group Limited.
Talking about the news Thom Southerland said: “I am so excited about this new production. The Woman in White is a wildly exciting romantic thriller which is frequently tender and personal. The music is grand, sweeping and instantly captivating. Having long been an admirer of The Woman in White, I know that Charing Cross Theatre is the ideal intimate space for audiences to experience it for the first time or rediscover this lush Victorian Gothic thriller.”
The Woman in White originally premiered in the West End in 2004, going onto be nominated for both Tony and Olivier Awards.