The Menier Chocolate Factory has announced initial casting for the world premiere of The Third Man, a new musical adaptation of Graham Greene’s classic story.
With its public booking now open, the show is set to run from 10 June to 9 September, with the press night taking place on 19 June.
Directed by multi-award-winner Trevor Nunn, the production boasts a cast including Edward Baker-Duly (The Bridges of Madison County) as Calloway, Simon Bailey (Moulin Rouge!) as Crabbit, Natalie Dunne (Works of Art) as Anna, Derek Griffiths (The Mousetrap) as The Porter, Jonathan Andrew Hume (Come From Away) as Paine, Rachel Izen (Billy Elliot) as The Porter’s Wife, Gary Milner (Dr Zhivago) as Kurtz, Harry Morrison (Assassins) as Popescu, Sam Underwood (One Day When We Were Young) as Holly, and Alan Vicary (Girl from the North Country) as Dr Winkel. Full casting for the production is set to be announced in the coming weeks.
The Third Man is part of a season of three musicals at the Menier Chocolate Factory, which also includes the world premiere of Close Up – The Twiggy Musical and a revival of Pacific Overtures.
Written by Christopher Hampton with music by George Fenton and lyrics by Don Black, The Third Man is set in post-war Vienna, where Holly Martins arrives to visit his friend Harry Lime, only to discover that Harry has been killed in a mysterious car accident. The show has been developed in partnership with Vereinigte Bühnen Wien Gmbh (VBW) in Vienna, with the permission of StudioCanal and Graham Greene Productions Ltd.
The production is set to feature set and costume design by Paul Farnsworth, lighting design by Emma Chapman, sound design by Gregory Clarke, and orchestrations by Jason Carr. Tamara Saringer will provide musical supervision and direction, while Rebecca Howell will handle movement and choreography.
Nunn’s long-standing association with the Menier Chocolate Factory has seen him direct a number of acclaimed productions for the company, including Fiddler on the Roof, Love in Idleness, and Aspects of Love.