Why See High Society?
COLE PORTER'S MAGICAL MUSICAL COMES BACK TO LIFE
Three-time Olivier Award winning actress Maria Friedman takes the helm for Cole Porter's legendary feel-good musical, staged in the round at the Old Vic in a gorgeously re-imagined revival.
WHAT IS high society ABOUT?
The plot will be familiar to those who know the 1956 MGM musical film (as well as The Philadelphia Story) that starred Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly and Frank Sinatra as the entangled menage a trois. When Tracy Lord is feverishly preparing for her wedding to a wealthy, but boring upstanding gentleman, her world is turned upside down by the reappearance of her impetuous husband CK Dexter Haven, a jazz musician who is determined to win her back. The plot thickens when an unscrupulous tabloid reporter, Mike Connor, armed with embarrassing information about her father turns up to cover the wedding - where he too, falls in love with her.
The action sees Tracy embark on a journey of self-discovery as she works out which man she would rather sail into the sunset with - if any.
This musical features hit songs such as "True Love", "You're Sensational", "Well Did You Evah?" and of course, the synonymous "Who Wants To Be A Millonaire?".
Previews from: 30 April 2015
Opening night: 14 May 2015
Suitable for ages 10+
To be confirmed by producers
Cast and Creative
Kate Fleetwood as Tracy Lord
Rupert Young as C.K. Dexter Haven
Jamie Parker as Mike Connor
Barbara Flynn as Margaret Lord
Anabel Scholey as Liz Imbrie
Ellie Bamber as Dinah Lord
Ricky Butt as Mavis
Richard Grieve as George Kittredge
Christopher Ravenscroft as Seth Lord
Jeff Rawle as Uncle Willie
Paul Kemble as Chester
Ensemble to include: Sammy Kelly, Zak Nemorin, John Brannoch, Omari Douglas, Leon Kay, Katharine Pearson, Chris Ellis-Stanton, Philippa Stefani, and Claire Doyle.
Music and Lyrics by Cole Porter
Directed by Maria Friedman
Book by Arthur Kopit
Additional Lyrics by Susan Birkenhead
Musical Direction by Theo Jamieson
Casting by Maggie Lunn
Based on the play The Philadelphia Story by Philip Barry
Also based on the Turner Entertainment Co. motion picture High Society
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