McQueen gets West End transfer

Published July 17, 2015

Stephen Wight will reprise his role as the titular fashion designer in James Phillip’s play McQueen when it transfers to the Theatre Royal Haymarket this August.

Wight, who starred alongside Glee’s Dianna Agron when the show premiered at the St James Theatre in May, will be joined by Carly Bawden (Assassins, Menier Chocolate Factory) as Dahlia for the West End run from 13 August to 7 November.

Taking audiences on a journey into the visionary imagination of one of Britain’s most legendary designers, McQueen follows the story of a girl who climbs down from the tree in which she’s been watching and breaks into McQueen’s Mayfair home to steal a dress.

Catching her in the act, McQueen has the chance to call the police but instead they embark on a journey through London, visiting figures – both dead and alive – encountered throughout his troubled life.

Tracy-Ann Oberman and Laura Rees, who both appeared in the show’s original run, will reprise their roles as Isabella Blow and Arabella alongside Wight, with Michael Bertenshaw (Anne Boleyn, Shakespeare’s Globe) joining the cast as Savile Row tailor Mr Hitchcock. Full casting is still to be announced.

Talking about the transfer, playwright Phillips said: “I’m so delighted to have McQueen in the West End, and to take this opportunity to refine some things from the original production. For me, it’s also thrilling that we’re going into the Theatre Royal Haymarket, as it was in this theatre that I had my first ever professional job. It really is one of the most beautiful theatres I’ve ever been in.”

McQueen, which is directed by John Caird, will open at the Theatre Royal Haymarket following the current run of Broadway transfer The Elephant Man starring Bradley Cooper, which closes on 8 August.

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