NEWS: Michael D. Xavier to Star in UK Premiere of Roman Holiday

The musical based on the Oscar winning film is set to open at the Theatre Royal Bath in June.

Theatre Royal Bath Productions by arrangement with Paul Blake and BFI Productions, have announced that acclaimed West End leading actor Michael D. Xavier will star in the UK premiere of the brand new stage adaptation of Roman Holiday, when it opens at Theatre Royal Bath from 10th June this year.

Michael D. Xavier’s numerous stage credits include Sunset Boulevard opposite Glenn Close (London Coliseum and Palace Theatre, Broadway), My Fair Lady (UK No. 1 Tour), Love Story (Duchess Theatre and Minerva Theatre), Into the Woods and The Sound of Music (Regents Park Open Air Theatre).

Based on the Oscar winning film, which starred Audrey Hepburn in her first film leading role and Gregory Peck, this new musical features the music of Cole Porter including the songs Easy To Love, You Do Something To Me, In The Still Of The Night, Just One Of Those Things and Night and Day.  The film has been adapted for the stage by Kirsten Guenther and Paul Blake, who co-wrote the stage version of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas.

Ann, a young princess visiting Rome on a goodwill tour, escapes from the watchful eye of her chaperone. She meets Joe who offers to show her around the city, but Joe’s editor has demanded a story regarding a missing princess. Through the course of one charming day and eventful night in Rome, Ann and Joe grow closer, but will true romance blossom before Ann has to return to her royal duties…?

While further casting has yet to be announced, the production is set to be directed by Olivier Award winner and Tony Award nominee Jeremy Sams, whose directing credits include Noises Off in the West End and Jason Robert Brown’s 13. The full creative team will be announced in due course.

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