The Light in the Piazza: Renée Fleming, Dove Cameron and more in rehearsals

WhatsOnStage got an advance look at the hit musical

Renée Fleming (Margaret) and Dove Cameron (Clara)
Renée Fleming (Margaret) and Dove Cameron (Clara)
WhatsOnStage went into the rehearsal room for the award-winning musical The Light in the Piazza, which makes its London premiere at the Southbank Centre this month.

The piece has a starry cast led by Renée Fleming, Dove Cameron, Alex Jennings, Rob Houchen, Celinde Schoenmaker, Liam Tamne, Marie McLaughlin and Malcolm Sinclair.

The Light in the Piazza has a book by Craig Lucas, music and lyrics by Adam Guettel and is based on the novel by Elizabeth Spencer. It is a love story set in Florence in the summer of 1953, where Clara Johnson and Fabrizio Naccarelli experience love at first sight but a secret gets in the way of their happiness.

The Tony Award-winning musical is running at the Royal Festival Hall for 20 performances only and will be directed by Daniel Evans, designed by Robert Jones with costumes from Brigitte Reiffenstuel. Lighting will be by Mark Henderson and sound by Mick Potter, with Opera North playing the score, conducted by Kimberley Grigsby.

The piece originally opened in Seattle in 2003 and ran on Broadway in 2005.