The Menier Chocolate Factory has announced a major revival of Sandy Wilson’s The Boy Friend, running at the theatre from 22 November 2019 until 7 March 2020 (press night is 3 December), directed by Matthew White along with choreographer and associate director Bill Deamer.
White returns to the Menier – he previously directed She Loves Me, Candide, Sweet Charity (also Haymarket Theatre), Little Shop of Horrors (also Duke of York’s Theatre) and The Last Five Years for the company.
Sandy Wilson’s all-singing all-dancing love letter to 1920s musical comedies returns for the first major London revival in over 10 years.
One of the most well-loved British musicals of all time, The Boy Friend opened in London in 1953, before a West End run in 1954, and ran for more than five years. The subsequent Broadway run in 1954 made a star of the then-unknown Julie Andrews. Ken Russell adapted it into a 1971 film with Twiggy who won two Golden Globes for her performance.
The Boy Friend has book, music and lyrics by Sandy Wilson. Director Matthew White is joined by choreographer and associate director Bill Deamer, designer Paul Farnsworth, lighting designer Paul Anderson, sound designer Gregory Clarke, hair and wig designer Richard Mawbey, musical supervisor and director Simon Beck and orchestrator David Cullen.
Matthew White’s other theatre work includes The Addams Family (Festival Theatre, Edinburgh and UK tour), Kiss Me Kate, West Side Story (Kilworth House), The Producers (UK tour), Top Hat (also adapted for the stage, UK tour and Aldwych Theatre – Olivier Award for Best New Musical), Maria Friedman – By Special Arrangement (Donmar Warehouse), Closer than Ever (Jermyn Street Theatre), and Mr Stink (also adapted, Curve and UK tour).