WATCH: If her friends could see her now… they would spot Rebecca Trehearn transformed as Sweet Charity

11 Feb
Posted in: Theatre News
Author: Staff

Olivier Award-winning actress Rebecca Trehearn will take on the title role in Nottingham Playhouse’s revival of the Broadway musical classic SWEET CHARITY. Check out this fabulous video of her transforming into Charity Valentine...

As part of the venue’s updated season programme for 2018, Neil Simon, Cy Coleman and Dorothy Fields’ Sweet Charity will run from 31 August to 22 September (press night is 5 September).

Last year Trehearn won an Olivier Award for her performance in the production of Show Boat, which had transferred from Sheffield to the West End. She will be joined in the show by Marc Elliott (EastEnders).

Unlucky in both love and life, Charity Hope Valentine is a kind young woman who earns her keep dancing in the seedier bars of New York City. After being unceremoniously dumped by her latest sketchy boyfriend, Charity is determined to change her life for the better. But is a chance encounter with a shy young man in a broken-down lift the kick-start her love life needs? And how will she realise her dreams of happiness and success in a selfish, cynical world?

Featuring hits like ‘Hey Big Spender’, ‘The Rhythm of Life’ and ‘If My Friends Could See Me Now’, this revitalised new production will be directed by Bill Buckhurst (Sweeney Todd in the West End and Off-Broadway. Joining Buckhurst in the creative team are: choreographer Alistair David, designer takis, lighting designer Joshua Carr, sound designer Emma Laxton and musical director Caroline Humphris.

Artistic director at Nottingham Playhouse, Adam Penford, said: “It’s the first time in several years that we have lead produced a musical and I’m thrilled Rebecca has agreed to play the role as Charity, I’ve been a big fan for a long time. This is a really exciting year for the Playhouse. From new shows, written by award-winning writers, to investing in the development of local talent we’re taking more risks and sharing local stories, as well as presenting work that looks at the world through a wider lens.”

Based on an original screenplay by Federico Fellini, Tullio Pinelli and Ennio Flaiano, Sweet Charity was originally conceived, staged and choreographed by Bob Fosse.