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A new cast headed by Ruthie Henshall as 'Marian’ to join the hit West End musical The Woman in White.
Ruthie Henshall

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A new cast headed by Ruthie Henshall as ‘Marian’ to join the hit West End musical The Woman in White alongside Anthony Andrews as Count Frosco on Monday 11th July at The Palace Theatre.

There will be major cast changes in the hit West End musical The Woman in White at the same time as Ruthie Henshall takes over the starring role of Marian on Monday 11th July. Damian Humbley and Alexandra Silber, both making their West End stage debuts, will play Walter Hartright and Laura Fairlie.  Elinor Collett will play Anne Catherick (aka ‘the Woman in White’) and Michael Cormick will play Sir Percival Glyde.  Anthony Andrews will continue to star as Count Fosco and Edward Petherbridge as Mr Fairlie.

Damian Humbley has extensive musical theatre credits in his native Australia, including Oliver!, The Mystery Of Edwin Drood and Merrily We Roll Along. Elinor Collett has previously played Sophie in Mamma Mia! and Fantine in Les Misérables in the West End. Michael Cormick has won awards in his native Australia, and his recent starring West End roles include Raoul in The Phantom of the Opera and Wild Bill in Calamity Jane. Alexandra Silber comes direct to the West End from training at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. The current cast of The Woman in White will leave at the end of their contracts.

A compelling tale of love, betrayal and greed, The Woman in White is a stunning new musical. Walter Hartright’s life is changed forever after a chance encounter with a mysterious woman, dressed in white, desperate to reveal her chilling secret. When he takes up his position as drawing master to the beautiful Laura Fairlie and her half sister, Marian, he sees in Laura’s face an eerie reflection of the forlorn creature he previously met. Walter and Laura’s feelings for each other are thwarted by her engagement to the sinister Sir Percival Glyde. What is the connection between Laura, Sir Percival and the woman in white? Is Sir Percival’s friend Count Fosco, with his unusual taste for white mice and poison, really as charming and well-meaning as he seems. Can true love prevail?

This new musical has been adapted for the stage by Charlotte Jones, whose award-winning plays include Humble Boy, with lyrics by David Zippel, whose credits include City of Angels and the Disney classics Mulan and Hercules. Andrew Lloyd Webber has composed the captivating and romantic new score. Internationally renowned director Trevor Nunn, responsible for, amongst others, Cats, Starlight Express, Les Misérables and, recently, Anything Goes, has directed the production.  The revolutionary and groundbreaking design is by William Dudley.

Wilkie Collins’s The Woman in White was one of the most influential and successful Victorian novels and quickly became a phenomenon. Since its publication in 1860, it has never been out of print and generations of readers have been thrilled by its suspense and excitement. The stage adaptation of this great Victorian thriller, featuring one of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s greatest and most romantic scores, comes to life in William Dudley’s cinematic design, which swoops from the gas-lit streets of London to the windswept moors and the stately homes of the North.

The Woman in White started previewing last August and opened at the Palace Theatre on 15th September and was the first of the current major new musicals to open in London. The Woman in White is produced by Sonia Friedman Productions and The Really Useful Theatre Company.

The Woman in White is currently booking until 1st April 2006. Performance times are Mondays-Saturdays at 7.30pm, with Wednesday and Saturday matinees at 2.30pm. Tickets, priced from £15-£50, are available from the Palace Theatre Box Office on 0870 895 5579.

The Woman in White plans to open on Broadway in late 2005 or early 2006, subject to casting schedules.  This will be the first of London’s current major new musicals to open in New York.  Casting sessions are currently taking place in New York with Trevor Nunn and the US producers (Bob Boyett and Bill Haber, also producers of the smash hit Broadway musical Spamalot) and further details of casting, opening schedule and theatre will be announced shortly.

Posted on: 15th June 2005

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