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Exclusive: Cast announced for new musical House of Mirrors and Hearts

The production premieres at the Arcola Theatre in July

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Gillian Kirkpatrick

Casting has been announced for the upcoming premiere of British musical The House of Mirrors and Hearts, WhatsOnStage can reveal.

The show, by Eamonn O'Dwyer and Robert Gilbert, runs at the Arcola Theatre from 7 July 2015 (previews from 2 July) and runs until 1 August.

The cast features Gillian Kirkpatrick as Anna, Graham Bickley as David, Grace Rowe as Laura, Molly McGuire as Lily and Bart Edwards as Nathan.

The House of Mirrors and Hearts centres on a dysfunctional family haunted by their past. When Anna's husband is killed in a tragic accident at their home, her family's life is changed forever.

It will be directed by Ryan McBryde (Saturday Night Fever, Hamlet The Musical). The musical director is David Randall, with set and costume design by David Woodhead and lighting by Matt Haskins.

The production is presented by Aria Entertainment and Perfect Pitch and is supported by Grant For The Arts.

Katy Lipson for Aria Entertainment and Andy Barnes for Perfect Pitch said: "We are so thrilled to be joining forces on this beautiful British chamber musical. Both our companies are known individually for our work with emerging British composers and new writing but The House of Mirrors and Hearts is the first project we have had the wonderful opportunity to partner on."

Meet the cast

Gillian Kirkpatrick's many musical theatre credits include Mrs Bateman in American Psycho at the Almeida Theatre, Beggar Woman in Sweeney Todd at Chichester Festival Theatre, Velma Von Tussle in the UK tour of Hairspray and Mrs Lyons in Blood Brothers at the Phoenix Theatre.

Graham Bickley is a previous WhatsOnStage and OIivier Award nominee whose credits include West End productions Les Misérables, Miss Saigon and Ragtime. He is perhaps best known for playing Joey Boswell in the BBC series Bread from 1989-91.

Grace Rowe played the lead role of Estella in the recent West End production of Great Expectations at the Vaudeville Theatre, with other credits including Phyllis in The Railway Children at Waterloo Station, To Kill a Mockingbird at York Theatre Royal and The Way of the World at Barons Court Theatre.

Molly McGuire is currently making her professional debut in the London Premiere of Carrie - The Musical at Southwark Playhouse.

Bart Edwards recently finished playing Sky in the international tour of Mamma Mia!. Other theatre credits include Next Thing You Know at the Landor Theatre and Constance at the Kings Head Theatre, with television credits including Casualty and EastEnders for BBC.