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The Artist world premiere stage adaptation reveals dates and creative team

The production will debut at Theatre Royal Plymouth next year

Lindsey Ferrentino and Drew McOnie Matthew Murphy

Dates and creative team members have been confirmed for the previously announced world premiere stage adaptation of the multi-Academy Award-winning film The Artist.

Michel Hazanavicius’ screenplay has been adapted by Lindsey Ferrentino (Ugly Lies the Bone) and Drew McOnie (King Kong), who is also set to direct and choreograph the production. The show will feature set and costume designs by Tony and Olivier Award winner Christopher Oram (Disney’s Frozen), music by Tony Award winner Simon Hale (Get Up Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical), lighting by Zoe Spurr (Good), sound by Tony and Olivier Award winner Simon Baker (Matilda The Musical), video by Ash J Woodward (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child), puppetry by Maia Kirkman-Richards (The Sorcerer’s Apprentice) and casting by Will Burton CDG. The associate director/choreographer is Ebony Molina and the musical director is Chris Poon.

Billed as a “celebration of classic black and white silent cinema”, the piece is set in 1920s Hollywood and follows movie icon George Valentin and aspiring actress Peppy Miller.

Following its 2011 release, The Artist went on to win five Oscars, seven BAFTAs and three Golden Globe Awards.

Theatre Royal Plymouth will now co-produce alongside The McOnie Company, with Playful Productions, Bill Damaschke, Stephen and Nancy Gabriel and Underbelly also joining the team of producers.

The Artist will stage its world premiere in Plymouth from 11 to 25 May 2024, with tickets going on sale on 9 June 2023.

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