The Menier Chocolate Factory has announced principal company for its major revival of Fiddler on the Roof in a new staging by Trevor Nunn. Joining the previously announced Andy Nyman (Tevye) is Judy Kuhn as Golde, with Harriet Bunton (Hodel), Dermot Canavan (Lazar Wolf), Stewart Clarke (Perchik), Matt Corner (Fyedka), Joshua Gannon (Motel), Louise Gold (Yente), Kirsty MacLaren (Chava) and Molly Osborne (Tzeitel).
The production opens on 5 December 2018, with previews from 23 November, and runs until 9 March. Fiddler on the Roof sees Trevor Nunn renew his collaboration with the Menier – he previously directed Lettice and Lovage, Love in Idleness (also West End), A Little Night Music (also West End and Broadway) and Aspects of Love for the company.
Fiddler on the Roof has music by Jerry Bock, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick and a book by Joseph Stein. Also in the creative team are choreographer Matt Cole, set designer Robert Jones, costume designer Jonathan Lipman, hair and make-up designer Richard Mawbey, lighting designer Tim Lutkin, sound designer Gregory Clarke, musical supervisor and director Paul Bogaev and orchestrator Jason Carr.
Andy Nyman is an award-winning actor, director and writer who has earned acclaim from both critics and audiences for his work in theatre, film and television. He returns to the Menier Chocolate Factory having previously performed in Stephen Sondheim’s Assassins and Abigail’s Party (also Wyndham’s Theatre). Other theatre work includes Martin McDonagh’s Hangmen (Wyndham’s Theatre), and the original production of Ghost Stories (Duke of York’s Theatre/Arts Theatre) which he starred in, co-wrote and co-directed with Jeremy Dyson. His extensive television credits includeWanderlust, The Eichmann Show, Campus, Crooked House, Dead Set as well as his highly acclaimed performance as Winston Churchill in Peaky Blinders. This year saw the release of the film version of Ghost Stories.
Judy Kuhn plays Golde. A four-time Tony Award nominee, she has released four studio albums and sang the title role in the 1995 film Pocahontas, including her rendition of the song ‘Colors of the Wind’, which won its composers the Academy Award for Best Original Song. Her theatre credits include Fun Home (Public Theater/Circle In The Square Theatre), She Loves Me (Brooks Atkinson Theater), Chess, The Mystery of Edwin Drood (The Imperial Theatre), Les Miserables (Broadhurst Theatre), Rags (Mark Hellinger Theatre),Two Shakespearean Actors (Lincoln Center Theatre), King David (New Amsterdam Theater) and Metropolis (Piccadilly Theatre – Olivier Award Nomination), The Visit (The Williamstown Theater Festival), Passion, The Cradle Will Rock (City Center), Three Sisters (Intiman Theatre), Passion (Kennedy Center), Sunset Boulevard, Eli’s Comin’ , Dream True (Vineyard Theatre), The Ballad of Little Jo (Steppenwolf Theater), The Glass Menagerie (McCarter Theatre), Martin Guerre (Hartford Stage) and Endangered Species (BAM).
Harriet Bunton plays Hodel. Her theatre credits include Mamma Mia! (Novello Theatre), Sunny Afternoon (Harold Pinter Theatre), The Rocky Horror Show (European tour) and We Will Rock You (Dominion Theatre).
Dermot Canavan plays Lazar Wolf. His theatre credits include Oklahoma! (Gordon Craig Theatre), Rehab (Union Theatre), The Last Tango (Phoenix Theatre), West Side Story (Kilworth House), The Ladykillers (The Watermill Theatre), Annie Get Your Gun (UK tour), The Tempest, The Taming Of The Shrew, The 39 Steps (Criterion Theatre), Hairspray (Shaftesbury Theatre), and In The Club (Hampstead Theatre).
Stewart Clarke plays Perchik. He returns to the Menier Chocolate Factory having previously performed in Assassins. Other theatre credits include The Rink (Southwark Playhouse), A Streetcar Named Desire (Curve), The Return of the Soldier (Jermyn Street Theatre), Godspell in Concert (Lyric Theatre), Cool Rider Live (Duchess Theatre), Ghost the Musical (UK tour) and Loserville (Garrick Theatre).
Matt Corner plays Fyedka. His theatre credits include Jersey Boys (Piccadilly Theatre/UK tour), A Day at the Races/A Night at the Opera (Ireland), Jim Caruso’s Cast Party (Birdland Jazz Club, New York).
Joshua Gannon plays Motel. He graduated from Guildford School of Acting 2017. Since graduating, his credits include Oklahoma! (Gordon Craig Theatre), Cilla – The Musical (UK tour) and The Wind in The Willows (London Palladium).
Louise Gold plays Yente. Her theatre credits include Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (London Palladium), Follies (Royal Festival Hall), Mamma Mia!, Mary Poppins (Prince Edward Theatre), Oliver! (Theatre Royal Drury Lane), Gypsy (Chichester Festival Theatre/Savoy Theatre), Our Country’s Good, The Caucasian Chalk Circle (Royal Lyceum Theatre), The Cherry Orchard (RSC), Noises Off (Piccadilly Theatre), The Good Person of Szechwan (Young Vic) and The Nap (Sheffield Theatres).
Kirsty MacLaren plays Chava. Her theatre credits include the Olivier Award-winning Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour (international tour/National Theatre/Duke of York’s Theatre), The Crucible (Royal Lyceum Theatre), Rapunzel (Platform Theatre), Miracle on 34th St, The Admirable Crichton, Mr Bolfry, Yellow on the Broom (Pitlochry Festival Theatre) and Freak Show (Noisemaker Productions).
Molly Osborne plays Tzeitel. She recently graduated from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. This marks her professional stage debut.