Following a critically acclaimed run at the Theatre Royal Plymouth in 2010, Lend Me A Tenor The Musical will open in the West End. The production, which was originally produced at and by arrangement with the Theatre Royal Plymouth, will be at the Gielgud Theatre from 15 June, with previews from 2 June.
Lend Me A Tenor The Musical is a riotous, unpredictable explosion of mistaken identities and unexpected romance – based on the award-winning West End and Broadway hit comedy by Ken Ludwig. Plymouth audiences had the chance to see the show before it hit the West End when it opened at the Theatre Royal last year.
The Theatre Royal has been heavily involved in the success of the production so far – the original set and props plus many of the costumes were made at TR2. The set took hundreds of hours to complete, with sheets of gold leaf used to create the exquisite gilded interior.
TR2’s rehearsal space was also used by the cast before the show’s opening. Original cast member Matthew Kelly will return to the production to star as ‘Henry Saunders’ (Executive Director of the Cleveland Grand Opera), Damian Humbley will star as ‘Max’ (Henry Saunders’ assistant, and the opera prompter), Michael Matus will star as ‘Tito Merelli, ‘Il Stupendo’ (the great Italian tenor), and Sophie-Louise Dann will star as ‘Diana Divane’ (Prima Donna of the Cleveland Grand Opera)
Lend Me A Tenor The Musical is directed by Olivier award-winning director Ian Talbot (High Society, Anything Goes) and choreographed by Tony-nominated choreographer Randy Skinner (42nd Street, White Christmas). The production is designed by Paul Farnsworth, with lighting by Tim Mitchell, and sound by Terry Jardine and Nick Lidster. The Musical Supervisor is Tony Award Winner Paul Gemignani and the Musical Director is Colin Billing.