Sweet Charity at Theatre Royal Haymarket Press Reviews!

Sweet Charity follows the misadventures of love encountered by the gullible and guileless Charity Hope Valentine, a woman who always gives her heart and her dreams to the wrong man. Cy Coleman’s score features favourite hits such as Hey, Big Spender; If My Friends Could See Me Now and The Rhythm of Life.

Sweet Charity Press Reviews:

Best of all there’s Mark Umbers (once the definitive Freddie Eynsford-Hill) as the nervy tax accountant Oscar – love strikes in the first and only Broadway Act One closer set in a jammed elevator, played here like a snappy Mike Nichols and Elaine May sketch – and Josefina Gabrielle as the most cynically world weary prostitute.
Michael Coveney for Whatsonstage.com (www.whatsonstage.com)
[Rating:4.0/5]

Who would have thought that a scruffy, unsubsidised fringe theatre in south London would be giving Broadway a lesson in how to stage classic American musicals? But that is the happy fate and extraordinary feat of the ever-enterprising Menier Chocolate Factory.
Telegraph (www.telegraph.co.uk)
[Rating:4.0/5]

The Menier has discovered a winning seasonal formula. You take a non-vintage Broadway musical based on a European movie, cast and choreograph it to the hilt, and invest it with a wild humour. It worked with La Cage aux Folles and it pays off just as handsomely with this joyous revival of a 1966 show, with a score by Cy Coleman, drawn from Fellini’s Nights of Cabiria.
Michael Billington for Guardian (www.guardian.co.uk)
[Rating:4.0/5]

There’s excellent work around Outhwaite. Annalisa Rossi and Ebony Molina stand out among Charity’s workmates. They’re a delightfully jaded troupe — “Who dances? We defend ourselves to music,” says one — and Stephen Mear’s choreography is full of original, counterintuitive touches.
Henry Hitchings for Evening Standard (www.thisislondon.co.uk)
[Rating:4.0/5]

This is the heterosexual version of La Cage, staffed by equally resilient but even more downtrodden, world-weary sex workers. Matthew White’s production is rooted in a tough sense of reality, and although Tamzin Outhwaite’s punchy Charity may lack an essential vulnerability, she’s also quite clearly one of life’s survivors. So are the wonderful pairing of Josefina Gabrielle and Tiffany Graves as her confidantes and fellow hostesses. Their rendition of Baby Dream Your Dream, about dreams that won’t in fact be realised, could be plucked direct from Chicago, and not just because Gabrielle and Graves have respectively previously played the leads in the current London production of that show.
Mark Shenton for TheStage (www.thestage.co.uk)

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Sweet Charity will transfer to Theatre Royal Haymarket in April

The Sell-out Menier Chocolate Factory Producttion will transfers to Theatre Royal Haymarket from 23rd of April.

Tamzin Outhwaite, who plays the title role of Charity Hope Valentine, will lead the cast in the West End transfer of the Tony Award-winning musical, Sweet Charity.

Sweet Charity follows the misadventures of love encountered by the gullible and guileless Charity Hope Valentine, a woman who always gives her heart and her dreams to the wrong man. Cy Coleman’s score features favourite hits such as Hey, Big Spender; If My Friends Could See Me Now and The Rhythm of Life.

With book by Neil Simon, music by Cy Coleman and lyrics by Dorothy Fields, is directed by Matthew Wright, choreography is by Stephen Mear, set design by Tim Shortall, costume design by Matthew Wright, musical supervision and direction by Nigel Lilley, orchestrations by Chris Walker, lighting by David Howe and sound design by Gareth Owen.

Book Tickets for Sweet Charity at Theatre Royal Haymarket, London!

Sweet Charity Now on Sale!

Following in our tradition of hugely successful Christmas season musical revivals, this year we are delighted to announce that Tamzin Outhwaite will star as Charity Hope Valentine in the acclaimed musical Sweet Charity.

Sweet Charity follows the misadventures of love encountered by the gullible and guileless Charity Hope Valentine, a woman who always gives her heart and her dreams to the wrong man. Featuring favourite hits such as Hey, Big Spender, If My Friends Could See Me Now and The Rhythm of Life.

Originally directed and choreographed by Bob Fosse, Sweet Charity premiered on Broadway in 1966, where it ran for over 600 performances. The production was nominated for 12 Tony Awards, winning best Choreography in 1966.

This revival is directed by Matthew White (Little Shop of Horrors, The Last 5 Years), Choreography by Stephen Mear (Little Mermaid – Broadway, Hello Dolly!) with Musical Supervison by Nigel Lilley (La Cage aux Folles, Talent), Set Design by Tim Shortall (La Cage aux Folles, Rookery Nook) and Costumes by Matthew Wright (La Cage aux Folles, They’re Playing Our Song).

Nov 21st 2009 – March 7th 2010

Book by Neil Simon
Music by Cy Coleman
Lyrics by Dorothy Fields

Cast includes:

Josefina Gabrielle, Tiffany Graves, Paul J Medford, Ebony Molina, Tamzin Outhwaite and Mark Umbers.

Full cast to be announced shortly.

Creative Team:

Director – Matthew White

Choreographer – Stephen Mear

Musical Supervision – Nigel Lilley

Set Design – Tim Shortall

Costume Design – Matthew Wright

Lighting Design – David Howe

Sound Design – Gareth Owen

Orchestrations – Chris Walker

Book Tickets for Sweet Charity at Menier Chocolate Factory