It’s proved the height of fashion. Now McQueen, the stage play that makes a drama out of the life of Britain’s bad boy designer, is tranferring to the West End.
James Phillips’ biog broke box office records when it opened in May at St. James Theatre. It now moves to the Theatre Royal Haymarket on August 27, following previews from August 13.
The production stars award-winning actor Stephen Wight in the title role.
Janet McQueen, one of Lee Alexander McQueen’s sisters, said of the play and the production at St. James Theatre: “It was as though the play, and Stephen’s performance, brought Lee back to me again. I felt as though he was real again for me.” Gary McQueen, Lee’s nephew, added: “It does really hit something in your heart.”
Joining Stephen in the West End will be Carly Bawden who takes over the role of Dahlia. The part was originated by Dianna Agron who can’t make the show due to filming commitments.
Reprising their roles as Isabella Blow and Arabella will be Tracy-Ann Oberman and Laura Rees. Michael Bertenshaw will be joining the cast as Mr Hitchcock.
For the transfer to the West End, scenes have been rewritten and an interval has been added.
James Phillips said: “I’m so delighted to have McQueen in the West End, and to take this opportunity to refine some things from the original production.
“For me, it’s also thrilling that we’re going into the Theatre Royal Haymarket, as it was in this theatre that I had my first ever professional job, a few months after leaving college.
“I was a peasant – a silent role! – in Miss Julie starring Christopher Eccleston, Aisling O’Sullivan and Maxine Peake that Thelma Holt produced. It really is one of the most beautiful theatres I’ve ever been in.”
McQueen is a journey into the visionary imagination and dream world of Alexander McQueen, fashion’s greatest contemporary artist.
Lee Alexander McQueen died in February 2010, aged 40. Born in Lewisham, raised in Stratford, East London, at 16 he served an apprenticeship with a Savile Row tailors and later studied at Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design.
His graduation collection was bought in its entirety by influential fashion stylist and eccentric, Isabella Blow. He went on to leads Givenchy before founding his own label.
Stephen Wright was named Outstanding Newcomer at the Evening Standard Awards for his performances in Michael Grandage’s production of Don Juan in Soho and Samuel West’s production of Dealer’s Choice.
Other theatre includes Nicholas Hytner’s production of The Habit of Art at the National and Sean Foley’s production of The Ladykillers in the West End.
McQueen runs at the Theatre Royal Haymarket from August 13-November 7.