Linzi Hateley – who starred in the original London Palladium production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat – will make a return to the musical during the show’s strictly limited season at the theatre.
Hateley – who was nominated for an Olivier Award for her performance as the Narrator, and starred alongside Jason Donovan in the title role – will perform in the role at special performances, in the new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s musical.
The production will begin live performances on 1 July 2021 (running until 5 September, gala night is on 15 July) with Hateley’s first performance on 17 July after the proposed “Step Four” in the Government’s roadmap to easing restrictions, and therefore is planning to accommodate full-capacity audiences in accordance with the intended lifting of all limits on social contact.
Alexandra Burke will play The Narrator for the other performances, with Jason Donovan returning in the role of Pharaoh and Jac Yarrow in the title role.
Producer Michael Harrison said:
“This dream just keeps getting better. It was special enough to announce Alexandra Burke recently as the Narrator, but to now have the added bonus of Linzi playing the role at special performances – and to reunite her with Jason Donovan again at the London Palladium – turns Joseph into a dream ticket. The combination of nostalgia for the original Palladium production, coupled with the excitement of our new critically acclaimed version, means we all have a summer to look forward to.”
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, which enjoyed a completely sold out season in 2019, is directed by Laurence Connor with choreography by JoAnn M Hunter. Also in the creative team are Morgan Large who will design the set and costumes, lighting designer Ben Cracknell and sound designer Gareth Owen.
Released as a concept album in 1969, the stage version of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat has become one of the world’s most beloved family musicals. The multi-award-winning show, which began life as a small-scale school concert, has been performed hundreds of thousands of times including multiple runs in the West End and on Broadway, international number one tours, and productions in over 80 countries as far afield as Austria and Zimbabwe and from Israel to Peru.