Exclusive: Have a first listen to “Mrs de Winter is Here” from the long-awaited UK premiere of Rebecca.
Following on from last week’s reveal of “Help Me Face the Night”, this new music video features the vocals of Lauren Jones (who plays Second Mrs de Winter / ‘I’ in the musical) and Kara Lane (Mrs Danvers), with Tom Knowles on piano. The track was recorded and mixed by Ben Robbins at the Umbrella Rooms, with Jack Somerset serving as videographer.
Alongside Jones and Lane, the English-language premiere is led by Richard Carson (Les Misérables) as Maxim de Winter.
Completing the company are Alex James-Ward, Piers Bate, Sarah Harlington, David Breeds, Shirley Jameson, Neil Moors, Nicholas Lumley, Nigel-Joseph Francis, Elliot Swann, Scott McClure, Emily Apps, Melanie Bright, Gail MacKinnon, Tarisha Rommick, James Mateo-Salt, and Rosie Glossop.
Michael Kunze and Sylvester Levay’s musical, based on Daphne du Maurier’s seminal 1938 text, was first seen in Vienna in 2006 in German, going on to play three sold-out seasons at the Raimund Theater, with a variety of foreign-language productions following over the intervening 16 years.
Christopher Hampton’s English-language version of the show has been workshopped a number of times over the last 11 years, with both UK and Broadway productions previously conceived. Famously, the show had even gone on sale for its Broadway run in 2013, before plans were scrapped.
Du Maurier’s Rebecca tells the tale of a young woman who marries a wealthy widower, only for the new husband’s past to come to haunt the couple. It was adapted into a film by Alfred Hitchcock in 1940, and again by Ben Wheatley in 2020.
Featuring a large orchestra of 18, the London production of the musical is directed by Alejandro Bonatto (The Human Voice at the Charing Cross Theatre). Other creative team members include choreographer Ron Howell, musical supervisor/conductor Robert Scott, production designer Nicky Shaw, lighting designer David Seldes, sound designer Andrew Johnson, projection designer Matt Powell, and costume supervisor Jess Richardson-Smith. Casting is by Stephen Crockett/Grindrod Burton Casting.
Rebecca runs at the Charing Cross Theatre from 4 September to 18 November 2023, with a press night set for 18 September. Tickets are on sale below.