Nearly ten years after it had its short-lived New York premiere, the two-time Tony Award-winning musical Parade received its long-awaited London premiere last night (24 September 2007, previews from 14 September) at the Donmar Warehouse, where its limited season continues until 24 November.

American composer and lyricist Jason Robert Brown and book writer Alfred Uhry (whose other credits include the film Driving Miss Daisy) were amongst those in town for the opening.

In Atlanta, Georgia in 1913, a Jewish man from Brooklyn stands accused of the murder of a young factory worker. Based on the true story of Leo Frank convicted of the murder of 13-year-old Mary Phagan, Parade recalls the press frenzy and public hate surrounding the trial, and Lucille Frank’s crusade for justice for her husband.

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The musical was co-conceived by its original director Harold Prince. The Donmar production is directed and choreographed by Rob Ashford, marking his directorial debut, and designed by Christopher Oram. The cast is led by Bertie Carvel, making his musical debut, and Lara Pulver as Leo and Lucille Frank. They’re joined in the company by Helen Anker, Mark Bonnar, Norman Bowman, Shaun Escoffery, Gary Milner, Joanna Kirkland, Steven Page, Malinda Parris, Stuart Matthew Price, Zoe Rainey, Celia Mei Rubin, Stephen Webb and Jayne Wisener.

For 1st Night Photos, our Whatsonstage.com photographer Dan Wooller was on hand for the post-show at the May Fair Hotel along with the Parade cast and creative team and other first night guests including Sally Ann Triplett, Joshua Dallas, Kaisa Hammarlund and Donmar Warehouse artistic director Michael Grandage.

- by Terri Paddock