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In rehearsal: McQueen

Published 29 July 2015

McQueen, the fantastical drama about designer Alexander McQueen, is back. After its world premiere at the St James Theatre it transfers to the Theatre Royal Haymarket later this summer. But, like different fashion seasons, there are changes afoot.

As brown may be the new black or Thursday the new Friday, so Carly Bawden is the new Dianna Agron. The former Assassins and My Fair Lady star has stepped into the stylish shoes of Glee’s finest to play Dahlia, a McQueen obsessive who climbs down from her slightly stalky perch in a tree peering into Lee McQueen’s home to try and pinch one of his creations. Caught in the act, instead of a swift trip to the cop shop she is treated to a tour of McQueen’s London.

Michael Bertenshaw is the new David Shaw-Parker, as the role of Mr Hitchcock gets a new look, and splitting shows with an interval is the new playing straight through, as the production accessorises its middle with a cheeky break to accentuate the action either side. New lines will also add a flourish to last season’s offerings.

Not all has changed, of course. There are classic styles that stand the change of season. This season’s McQueen will very much still heavily feature Stephen Wight, Tracy Ann Oberman and Laura Rees.

Like a preview of what this new season of McQueen has in store, we have pictures of the cast getting down to the business of rehearsals before the show comes to the Haymarket on 13 August.

If this glimpse of what may be in store has your blood pumping, you can book tickets though us here.


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