The production, directed by Bronagh Lagan, will play for a limited 9 week season at the Riverside Studios from the 30th September until the 26th November.
Casting for the London premiere of the musical will be led by Olivier Award-winning stage legend Jenna Russell who will star in the title role. Her extensive stage credits include: ‘Mephistopheles’ in Dr Faustus starring opposite Kit Harington at The Duke of York’s Theatre and ‘Little Edie’ in Grey Gardens at Southwark Theatre with Sheila Hancock.
She will be joined in the production by Hal Fowler (London Road – National Theatre) as ‘Albert Harris / Marquis de Chassagne’, Olivier Award-nominee Kelly Price (What’s New Pussycat? – Birmingham REP) as ‘Lady Dant / Madame Colbert’, Annie Wensak (Half A Sixpence – West End & Chichester Festival Theatre) as ‘Violet / French Char Lady’, Charlotte Kennedy (My Fair Lady – London Coliseum, UK & Ireland Tour) as ‘Pamela / Natasha’, Nathanael Campbell (Come From Away – West End & Abbey Theatre, Dublin) as ‘Bob / Andre’, David McKechnie (Standing at the Sky’s Edge – Sheffield Theatres & National Theatre) as ‘Major / Monsieur Armand’ and Pippa Winslow (Bonnie & Clyde – West End) as ‘Countess / Sybill Sullivan’. The cast will be completed by Issy Khogali (professional debut), Richard Morse (School of Rock – West End, UK & Ireland Tour), Off West End Award-nominee Harry Singh (ANIMAL – Park Theatre & Hope Mill Theatre) and Abigail Williams (Elegies of Angels, Punks & Raging Queens – Charing Cross Theatre)
Flowers For Mrs Harris is based on on the novel by Paul Gallico and adapted for the stage by Richard Taylor (The Go-Between) and Rachel Wagstaff. This will be the first London production of the critically acclaimed musical since its premiere in Sheffield in 2016, which was followed by a highly successful run at the Chichester Festival Theatre. Music and lyrics are by Richard Taylor, with new orchestrations by Jason Carr and a book by Rachel Wagstaff.
For Ada Harris, day-to-day life is spent cleaning houses. But one day when she is working for a wealthy client in Belgravia, she happens upon a Dior dress that takes her breath away.
In that magical moment, Ada has an epiphany and sets off on a journey that will change her life… From the cobbled streets of post-war London to the magical avenues of Paris and beyond, Ada transforms the lives of everyone she meets along the way, but can she let go of her past and finally let her own life blossom?
As well as being directed by Bronagh Lagan (Cruise – West End, Rags – Park Theatre, Little Women – Hope Mill Theatre), the creative team behind this production includes: Anjali Mehra as movement director, and Teenie Macleod as assistant director. The show will have a set design by Nik Corrall, lighting design by Adam King, sound design by Charlie Smith, costume design by Sara Perks, and with Felix Davies as production manager and Ylan Assefy-Waterdrinker as production assistant. The stage management team will consist of Lindah Balfour (CSM), Vicky Zenetzi (DSM) and Gwenan Bain (ASM).
To book tickets visit: https://riversidestudios.co.uk/see-and-do/flowers-for-mrs-harris-76122/