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Menier Merrily We Roll Along transfers to Harold Pinter in May

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Maria Friedman's acclaimed Menier Chocolate Factory revival of George Furth and Stephen Sondheim's Merrily We Roll Along has confirmed its long-rumoured West End transfer.

It will begin previews at the Harold Pinter Theatre from 23 April 2013, opening on 1 May for a strictly limited 12-week season.

Jenna Russell, Damian Humbley & Mark Umbers in Merrily We Roll Along (photo: Francis Loney)

Friedman, long-established as a leading Sondheim performer, makes her directing debut with the show, which won her a Whatsonstage.com Award nomination for Best Newcomer. The show also recently won a Critics' Circle Award for Best Musical (New or Revival).

Based on the 1934 play of the same name by George S Kaufman and Moss Hart, the musical scrolls back through the career of talented composer Franklin Shepard, who has abandoned his friends, family and Broadway songwriting career to become a producer of lucrative Hollywood films.

As key moments of his life are replayed, decisions, choices, priorities and the price of success are equally reevaluated. The show features some of Sondheim’s most notable songs including "Good Thing Going", "Not a Day Goes By" and "Old Friends".

The cast includes Damian Humbley, Jenna Russell, Mark Umbers, Josefina Gabrielle, Clare Foster and Glyn Kerslake.

The West End production will be presented by Chocolate Factory Productions, Bob Bartner, Scott M. Delman, Just for Laughs Theatricals, Tanya Link, Neal Street Productions and Sonia Friedman Productions.

Currently at the Harold Pinter Theatre (formerly the Comedy), Old Times starring Rufus Sewell, Kristin Scott Thomas and Lia Williams continues until 6 April.


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