West End transfer for Donmar Warehouse’s hit production of City of Angels

01 Nov
Posted in: Theatre News
Author: Press Releases
Picture: Johan Persson

It’s been five long years but the wait is over, the Olivier Award-winning production of City of Angels – directed by Josie Rourke – is heading to London’s Garrick Theatre in March 2020. The original creative team is back as are Hadley Fraser, Rosalie Craig and Rebecca Trehearn. Oh, and did we mention that Vanessa Williams will be making her West End debut?

Josie Rourke’s critically-acclaimed production of City of Angels makes its West End transfer five years since opening at the Donmar Warehouse in 2014. Reuniting the production’s entire creative team, the musical will play at the Garrick Theatre for a limited season from 5 March to 5 September 2020, with a press night on 24 March.

With a swinging score by Cy Coleman and David Zippel and a brilliantly witty book by Larry Gelbart, City of Angels is a musical love letter to the glamorous world of old Hollywood and film noir.

Reprising their Donmar performances, Hadley Fraser stars as Stine, Rosalie Craig as Gabby/Bobbi and Rebecca Trehearn as Donna/Oolie and, making her West End debut, Vanessa Williams, in the role of Carla/Alaura.

The cast also includes returnees Marc Elliott as Panchos/Munoz, Nick Cavaliere as Sonny, Adam Fogarty as Big Six and Mark Penfold as Luther Kingsley as well as Rob Houchen as Jimmy/Dr Mandril, Joshua St Clair as Peter Kingsley and Cindy Belliot, Sadie-Jean Shirley, Manuel Pacific and Ryan Reid as the Angel City 4. Further casting is still to be announced.

Josie Rourke said:

City of Angels was a landmark experience for me at the Donmar. We all longed to hear Cy Coleman’s classic score, and see this incredible design on a bigger stage. Our producer Nica Burns’ passion for the show has brought about this reunion, and I’m very grateful that through her championing, audiences will have the chance to see this classic production in the West End.

“In the five years since I directed the show, I’ve experienced making movies first-hand, and I will return to this Hollywood story with a little more insight. It is a joy to reunite with Rosalie, Hadley, and Rebecca (who made these characters their own), and to have the icon Vanessa Williams make her West End debut as femme fatale, Alaura, in the production.