Rehearsals are almost over for Richard Fleeshman and Summer Strallen who head a spiffing cast for the Wodehouse inspired A Damsel In Distress at Chichester Festival Theatre from this Saturday.
The cast includes Desmond Barrit, Isla Blair, Nicholas Farrell and Sally Ann Triplett.
The musical comedy, which is based on a novel by P.G. Wodehouse with songs by George and Ira Gershwin, will be directed and choreographed by the multi-talented Rob Ashford.
The action moves from the glamour of London’s Savoy Theatre to the charm of a castle in the country, bringing together a world-weary American composer, a beautiful and irrepressible English socialite, a fierce aunt and collection of other delightfully eccentric characters.
This new production is based on a novel and subsequent play by much-loved comic author PG Wodehouse. The story was made into a film, starring Fred Astaire, back in 1937.
Although best known today for his Jeeves and Wooster stories, Wodehouse was also a playwright and lyricist who collaborated with Jerome Kern and Cole Porter among others.
Fleeshman (Corrie and, on stage, Urinetown, Ghost: The Musical and Legally Blonde) plays the composer George Bevan while Strallen (Top Hat, Love Never Dies, The Sound of Music, The Boy Friend and The Drowsy Chaperone) is Maud.
The cast also features Richard Dempsey, Mairi Barclay, Chris Bennett, Stephanie Bron, Sam Harrison, Chloe Hart, Matthew Hawksley, Kirby Hughes, Harry Morrison, David Roberts, Jonathan Stewart, Lucie-Mae Sumner, Laura Tyrer, Alan Vicary and Matt Wilman.
Previews for A Damsel in Distress start at the Festival Theatre, Chichester this Saturday. It opens June 10 and runs until June 27.