A Little Night Music cast announced – fantastic

Apologies for my absence over the last few weeks – I have just changed job, so things have been a little more hectic than usual at work…

There hasn’t been a massive amount of news in the last couple of weeks (apart from a flurry in recent days that I’ll cover in my weekly round-up). However, there was some major casting news at the back end of the week though which deserves its own post – and it comes courtesy of the Menier Chocolate Factory


The cast for the theatre’s Christmas musical, A Little Night Music has been announced, and it should come as absolutely no surprise given that the Menier has become one of London’s most successful theatres since opening just a few years’ back. It also doesn’t hurt that the show is directed by Sir Trevor Nunn, the former Artistic Director of the National Theatre.

There are 4 main highlights in the cast (although I don’t wish to do a disservice to the remainder of what will undoubtedly be a highly talented ensemble:

  • Hannah Waddingham: Last seen on the West End stage as the Lady of the Lake in Spamalot, Waddingham is playing the part played in the most recent London revival by Judi Dench. She has an absolutely trendous voice so I’m really excited to see her up close in an intimate venue like the Menier.
  • Alexander Hanson: I’ve seen Hanson on the West End stage twice in the last couple of years, first as Captain Von Trapp in The Sound of Music and more recently in Marguerite. I thought Marguerite was treated rather harshly by the critics, so let’s hope that A Little Night Music fares better.
  • Maureen Lipman: A true institution,  but I suspect that plenty of people don’t realise how many musicals she has actually performed in over the years. She has worked with Trevor Nunn before, in his National Theatre production of Oklahoma! so it shouldn’t come as a complete surprise to see her joining his cast.
  • Jessie Buckley: I expect the casting of Buckley will cause a great deal of excitement among her fans made during her appearances on the BBC’s ‘I’d Do Anything’. Anyone that reads this blog will know that I wrote regularly about the show, and I was a big fan of Jessie’s – however, I didn’t think she was quite ready for the West End stage back in June this year, so it will be very interesting to see how she’s come on in the last 4-5 months. It just shows that winning doesn’t matter in the BBC’s series – the 3 main runners-up (Samantha Barks, Rachel Tucker and now Buckley) have been cast in major roles, either on the West Stage or prominent touring productions.

I can’t wait to see the show, so I had better get a move on and book my tickets before they all sell out. I also wouldn’t bet against a transfer to a West End theatre in the New Year, although let’s hope it happens slightly quicker than last year’s Christmas musical, La Cage Aux Folles, which is only now on the verge of opening, more than 9 months after closing its run at the Menier.

Congratulations to the Menier once again though on some inspired casting – it has proved once again how much of a draw it is for big huge theatre names – no mean for a venue with less than 200 seats!


2 Responses to “A Little Night Music cast announced – fantastic”

  1. 1 Charlotte October 18, 2008 at 12:04 pm

    I’m so proud of Jessie. Will definitely go and see it and yes there are many excited fans out there. Loads have already met her 😦 I really want to. Sounds like an amazing cast and will be even better if that cast carry on to the West End. xxx

  2. 2 Anna November 4, 2008 at 11:43 am

    go jessie!! knock ’em dead!!

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