Why See Fiddler on the Roof?
A Welcome Return
On sale September 5th
Sir Trevor Nunn returns to the Menier Chocolate Factory this winter to helm this brand new revival of the 1967 classic from Jerry Brock, Sheldon Harnick, and Joseph Stein. A musical theatre icon, the story of Tevye and his wayward daughters, last staged in London in 2007, Fiddler is a popular draw and a challenge Nunn will surely relish.
Olivier winner Andy Nyman will take the lead of patriarch Tevye, alongside an as yet to be announced cast.
With some of the canon's most beloved songs including the enduringly catchy 'If I were a Rich Man,' the mediative 'Sunrise, Sunset and the spirited 'Matchmaker, Matchmaker', it illustrates Tevye's devotion to his Jewish faith in the face of cultural changes as he tries to marry his five daughters off in rural Imperial Russia. Full of humour, warmth, honesty and celebration of the proud Jewish tradition, it has been praised as "one of the first popular post-Holocaust depictions of the vanished world of Eastern European Jewry". It's cultural influence still endures to this day, making it one of the most popular amateur productions worldwide.
What is Fiddler on the Roof About?
At the turn of the 20th Century, Russia is a country on the brink of revolution. Although the chaos seems to seldom touch the isolated family of Tevye the Milkman, he sees the effect on his three elder daughters and the lives that they choose the lead.
Tzeitel, the oldest has little prospects for a poor woman, when the widowed and ancient butcher Lazar Wolf shows interest in her whilst she pines for the poor tailor Motel, it begins a story of rebellion, violence, love and acceptance that finds Tevye and the family learning to leave behind their old lives and start a new one full of hope and laughter!
Previews from: 23 November 2018
Opening night: 5 December 2018
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