Bill Kenwright’s production of Whistle Down The Wind, with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Jim Steinman, will play for a strictly limited season at the Palace Theatre. Reduced price previews are from Wednesday 15th March 2006, with press night on Tuesday 28th March 2006.
Based on the much loved film, Whistle Down the Wind is an extraordinary tale about the transforming power of love. This new staging combines epic storytelling with intimate emotion as the innocence of children collides with the cynicism of the adult world.
In America’s Deep South, a 15-year-old girl discovers a mysterious man hiding in a barn. When she asks his identity the first words the startled man utters are “Jesus Christ”; it’s as if all her prayers have been answered. The girl and the town’s children vow to protect the stranger. Meanwhile the adults are out to catch a fugitive.
The musical’s multi award winning songs have been recorded by artists including Tom Jones, Donny Osmond, Tina Arena, Boy George and, unforgettably, Boyzone, who went double platinum with the 1998 No 1 hit single “No Matter What”. The “Whistle Down the Wind Album” went gold in its first week of release in the UK and Andrew Lloyd Webber and Jim Steinman were the UK’s number one Songwriters for “No Matter What” in Music Week for July, August and September 1998.
Following its first production in the USA, where it broke box office records at the National Theatre, Washington D.C., Whistle Down The Wind enjoyed a successful two and a half year run at the Aldwych Theatre, London. This will be a West End first for Bill Kenwright’s reworking of the musical, based on the original novel by Mary Hayley Bell and the film produced by Richard Attenborough.
The book for the musical was written by Patricia Knop, Gale Edwards and Andrew Lloyd Webber. It is directed by Bill Kenwright, with choreography by Henry Metcalfe, design by Paul Farnsworth, musical direction by David Steadman, sound by Mick Potter and lighting by Nick Richings. Tim Rogers will play The Man with Claire Marlowe as Swallow.
• Palace Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, W1. Booking line 0870 895 5579
• Monday-Friday 7.30pm, Sat 8.00pm, Wednesday/Saturday 3pm. Running time 2hrs 25 mins.
• Press Night: Tuesday 28th March 7pm. First matinee: Thursday 16th March
• Prices: £10-£45. Previews: £10 off. Half price children’s tickets available.
• Tubes: Leicester Square. Buses 24, 29, 176.
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