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West End transfer announced for McQueen

Stephen Wight will reprise his role as the legendary fashion design Alexander McQueen

Tracy-Ann Oberman and Stephen Wight in McQueen
Tracy-Ann Oberman and Stephen Wight in McQueen

Producers have today announced that McQueen, which received its world premiere at the St. James Theatre in May, will transfer to the Theatre Royal Haymarket in August.

Written by James Phillips and directed by John Caird, the production stars award-winning actor Stephen Wight in the title role alongside Carly Bawden in the role of Dahlia. The role was originated by Dianna Agron, who is unable to reprise the role due to 'filming commitments'.

Reprising their roles as Isabella Blow and Arabella will be Tracy-Ann Oberman and Laura Rees respectively. Michael Bertenshaw will be joining the cast as Mr Hitchcock. Further casting for the West End transfer to be announced.

Janet McQueen, one of Lee Alexander McQueen’s sisters, said of the play and the production at St. James Theatre, "It was as though the play and Stephen’s performance brought Lee back to me again. I felt as though he was real again for me." Gary McQueen, Lee’s nephew, added, "It does really hit something in your heart."

Carly Bawden will play Dahlia
Carly Bawden will play Dahlia

For the West End transfer, scenes have been rewritten and an interval has been added.

McQueen is billed as a "journey into the visionary imagination and dream world of Alexander McQueen, fashion's greatest contemporary artist."

Stephen Wright's theatre credits include The Habit of Art at the National and The Ladykillers in the West End. He was also named Outstanding Newcomer at the Evening Standard Awards for his performances in Michael Grandage’s production of Don Juan in Soho and Samuel West’s production of Dealer’s Choice.

Carly Bawden’s stage appearances include Assassins and Pippin at the Menier Chocolate Factory, and the tours of Whistle Down the Wind and Evita.

McQueen will run at the Theatre Royal Haymarket from 27 August – 7 November.