Over the past few years, there have been several attempts at bringing Me and My Girl, the quintessentially English 1937 musical comedy, back into the West End, including the show’s 70th anniversary tour and a rumoured revival at the Menier Chocolate Factory. We now hear that a major new production is aiming to open first out of town in Sheffield ahead of London later this year or early next.

In Me and My Girl, cockney charmer Bill Snibson discover he’s heir to a fortune. But would he rather have a life of luxury than live happily ever after with his girl Sally? In 1985 Robert Lindsay and Emma Thompson famously played the couple in a revival at the West End’s Adelphi Theatre. Lindsay won an Olivier and a Tony, while the production played for more than eight years in London and three years on Broadway.

Me and My Girl has music by Noel Gay and lyrics by L Arthur Rose and Douglas Furber who also jointly wrote the book, which was revised in the Eighties by actor-writer-comedian Stephen Fry with contributions by Mike Ockrent. The score includes “The Lambeth Walk”, “The Sun Has Got Its Hat On” and the title song.