HEDDA GABLER and KISS ME KATE Set for Old Vic Programme
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by BWW News Desk
Brian Friel’s adaptation of Ibsen’s seminal work, Hedda Gabler will open on 12 September. Directed by Anna Mackmin, this major new production will star Olivier award-winning actress Sheridan Smith in the title role, with Buffy Davis, Anne Reid, Adrian Scarborough and Fenella Woolgar. Following this will be Kiss Me Kate, a co-production with Chichester Festival Theatre. Directed by Trevor Nunn with choreography by Stephen Mear, Cole Porter’s multi-award-winning musical will open on 27 June in Chichester and 3 December at The Old Vic with a cast that includes Alex Bourne, David Burt, Adam Garcia, Clive Rowe and Hannah Waddingham.
Kevin Spacey, Artistic Director of The Old Vic commented “It’s going to be an incredible summer in London and I am delighted to announce these new productions. Trevor Nunn is a much-loved member of The Old Vic family and I'm thrilled to welcome him back with Kiss Me, Kate, a wonderful production which I know London audiences will embrace warmly.
"I am particularly pleased to unveil our production of Hedda Gabler, such an iconic and impactful play, with Sheridan Smith in the lead. Sheridan is a wonderful actress who has rightly received acclaim for her recent work and I am sure audiences will be intrigued to see her tackle this role."