Rehearsal images have been released for the upcoming revival of Sandy Wilson’s The Boy Friend.

(c) Manuel Harlan.

Playing at the Menier Chocolate Factory from the 22nd November, rehearsals have begun for Matthew White’s revival of Sandy Wilson’s musical.

(c)Manuel Harlan.

 Set in Madame Dubonnet’s finishing school in the south of France, these perfect young ladies burst into song at the least provocation, and forbidden boy friends are forever popping through the French windows to sing and dance with them. Since its premiere in 1953, this light-hearted soufflé of a show has delighted audiences worldwide and has become one of the most well-loved British musicals of all time.

(c)Manuel Harlan.

The cast for this first major revival of the musical in London in over 10 years includes: Jack Butterworth (Bobby van Husen), Janie Dee (Mme Dubonnet), Adrian Edmondson (Lord Brockhurst), Tiffany Graves
(Hortense), Dylan Mason (Tony), Amara Okereke (Polly) and Issy van Randwyck (Lady Brockhurst) , Tom Bales (Alphonse), Ryan Carter (Pierre), Chloe Goodliffe (Nancy), Matthew Ives (Pépé), Bethany Huckle (Lolita), Emily Langham (Fay), Gabrielle Lewis-Dodson (Maisie), Annie Southall
(Dulcie), Peter Nash (Marcel) and Robert Portal (Percival Brown).

(c)Manuel Harlan.

The Boy Friend originally premiered in London in 1953 before a West End run in 1954, and ran for more than 5 years. The subsequent Broadway run in 1954 made a star of the then-unknown Julie Andrews. Ken Russell adapted it into a 1971 film with Twiggy who won two Golden Globes for her performance.

(c) Manuel Harlan.

As well as being directed by Matthew White, the creative team for this production includes: choreography by Bill Deamer, design by Paul Farnsworth, lighting design by Paul Anderson, sound design by Gregory Clarke, hair and wig design by Richard Mawbey, musical direction by Simon Beck and orchestrations by David Cullen.

The Boy Friend will play at the Menier Chocolate Factory from the 22nd November until the 7th March.