Chichester’s Guys & Dolls hit moves West End theatres

Jamie Parker and Co. in Guys and Dolls. Photos by Johan Persson.

It was always a gamble that the West End production of Guys & Dolls would go on tour. Now it’s official. Chichester Theatre’s latest hit musical, which is playing to packed houses at London’s Savoy Theatre is staying in the capital.

The revival will be moving to the Phoenix Theatre from March 19 while a second production will simultaneously tour the UK.

The West End show (Stage Review’s five-star verdict and tour venues/dates is now booking until October 30.

Gavin Spokes (Nicely Nicely Johnson) and the cast of Guys and Dolls - photo by Paul Coltas

Nathan Detroit is desperate: he needs money to stage an illegal craps game, and he needs it fast. Not to mention a 14-year engagement with nightclub singer Miss Adelaide, whose patience is finally running out.

Enter notorious gambler Sky Masterson, a guy who can never turn down a bet, and straight-laced missionary Sarah Brown, a doll with a heart of ice.

Nathan’s wager is that Sky has to romance Sarah by taking her to Havana for dinner and in return he’ll provide a dozen ‘sinners’ for Sarah’s mission. Surely this is one bet Nathan absolutely can’t lose?

A joyous and vibrant celebration of Prohibition-era New York, Guys and Dolls first premiered on Broadway in 1950 and captured the optimism and energy of post-World War Two America.

This hugely popular and multi award-winning musical, based on the stories and characters created by American journalist Damon Runyon, features some of Broadway’s greatest musical numbers including My Time of Day, Luck Be A Lady and the show-stopping Sit Down You’re Rockin’ the Boat.

Guys and Dolls is directed by Gordon Greenberg with choreography by Cuban dancer and former Royal Ballet star Carlos Acosta and Andrew Wright whose credits include Chichester Festival Theatre’s Singin’ in the Rain.

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