Following a positive response to its sell-out 2017 workshop, 1980s cult film classic Heathers – The Musical will premiere at London’s The Other Palace from 9 June 2018 with Carrie Hope Fletcher in the role of Veronica Sawyer.
Produced by Bill Kenwright and Paul Taylor Mills, who produced the award-winning Carrie together in 2015, the musical version of the twisted tale of teen drama, friendship and deadly obsession will run for a limited eight-week season.
The 1988 cult movie starred Winona Ryder and Christian Slater. Laurence O’Keefe (Legally Blonde, Bat Boy) and Kevin Murphy’s (Reefer Madness, Desperate Housewives)’s musical adaptation has enjoyed successful runs in Los Angeles and New York, and finally arrives in the UK for its European premiere.
O’Keefe, Kevin Murphy and director Andy Fickman said: “After the incredibly warm reception our workshop received at The Other Palace last year, we are hugely grateful to Bill, The Other Palace, and Paul for affording us a once in a lifetime opportunity to refine the book, add new songs, and re-imagine the staging for this show which has been such an extraordinary labor of love for us. We thank them gently with a chainsaw.”
Greetings, salutations. Welcome to Westerberg High, where popularity is so very a matter of life and death, and Veronica Sawyer is just another of the nobodies dreaming of a better day. But when she’s unexpectedly taken under the wings of the three beautiful and impossibly cruel Heathers, her dreams finally start to come true.
Heathers – The Musical features a book, music and lyrics by Murphy and O’Keefe, with brand-new material exclusively written for this production while the team are in London. The musical is directed by screen and stage director Andy Fickman with electrifying choreography by Gary Lloyd (Thriller Live, Carrie, 20th Century Boy), design by David Shields, lighting by Ben Cracknell, sound by Dan Samson and casting by Will Burton. Further cast and creative to be announced in due course.
Carrie Hope Fletcher (Veronica Sawyer) has stage credits including The Christmasaurus Live (Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith), The Addams Family (UK tour), Les Misérables (Queen’s Theatre), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (UK tour), War of the Worlds (UK tour), Wind in the Willows (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre) and Mary Poppins (Prince Edward Theatre). This year she has made her solo concert debut, When the Curtain Falls at Cadogan Hall, and has released her debut solo album.