The brand new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s most romantic musical Aspects of Love, starring David Essex, will open at the Theatre Royal Newcastle on Tuesday 4th September 2007 (previews from Friday 31st August). Following the run in Newcastle, the production will tour to Milton Keynes, Cardiff, Aberdeen, Bradford, Stoke on Trent, Manchester, Glasgow, Wolverhampton, Plymouth, Norwich and Bath. This is the first time in over 15 years that audiences around the UK will have the chance to experience a show which the Daily Telegraph described as “Lloyd Webber’s best”. This highly anticipated revival is set to be the theatrical event of the year.
France 1947. English student Alex Dillingham, travelling through France before his call up, falls in love with the alluring actress Rose Vibert. After a little persuasion, Rose joins Alex at his uncle’s villa. As the pair embark on a passionate affair, the unexpected arrival of Uncle George (David Essex) changes their lives forever. From the cobbled streets of Paris to the mountains of the Pyrenees, Aspects of Love is a heartbreaking love story spanning 20 years. Passion, desire, family ties and friendship bind six people and three generations together as they come to appreciate how love changes everything…
David Essex has enjoyed a remarkable career as a recording artist, performer and composer. He has written, recorded and produced albums and singles that have sold millions of copies worldwide. He has 23 Top 30 hits to his name including the number one singles “Hold Me Close” and “Gonna Make You a Star.” As popular as ever, the CD “David Essex Greatest Hits” which was released last year, went Gold. This is, of course, not the first time he has starred in one of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musicals, having originated the pivotal role of Che in the legendary West End production of Evita in 1978. Other stage credits include Jesus in the original London production of Godspell and Sir Tony Lumpkin in She Stoops to Conquer directed by Sir Peter Hall.
Aspects of Love originally opened in the West End in 1989 and ran successfully for three years garnering acclaim for what many critics described as Andrew Lloyd Webber’s most romantic score. With lyrics by Don Black (Tell Me on a Sunday, Bombay Dreams) and Charles Hart (The Phantom of the Opera), the show features the songs “Seeing is Believing”, “Anything But Lonely” as well as the international hit “Love Changes Everything”.
This brand new production is directed by Nikolai Foster, one of the country’s leading young talents. His productions include the musicals Assassins and A Chorus Line at the Crucible Sheffield, A Streetcar Named Desire at Theatr Clwyd, Of Mice and Men at the Mercury Theatre Colchester and Season’s Greetings at the Liverpool Playhouse. Design is by Rob Jones whose recent credits include Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new production of The Sound of Music at the London Palladium, the National Theatre’s acclaimed revival of Noises Off and Rebecca starring Nigel Havers. Aspects of Love is produced by Kenny Wax and Michael Harrison in association with PW Productions.
• The original production of Aspects of Love opened in the West End on 17th April 1989 at the Prince of Wales Theatre where it ran for 1,325 performances. Directed by Trevor Nunn, the production starred Michael Ball, Ann Crumb and Kevin Colson.
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