facebook play-alt chevron-thin-right chevron-thin-left cancel location info chevron-thin-down star-full help-with-circle calendar images mail whatsapp directions_car directions_bike train directions_walk directions_bus close spinner11

Topol and Mear join Gigi in Open Air

First Published 17 April 2008, Last Updated 18 April 2008

Topol, the actor synonymous with the role of Tevye in Fiddler On The Roof, will star alongside the previously announced Lisa O’Hare and Millicent Martin in the Open Air theatre’s production of Gigi this summer. They will be joined by choreographer Stephen Mear for the al fresco venue’s annual musical production.

Israeli performer Topol first played the Jewish-Russian milkman Tevye on the London stage, performing at Her Majesty’s in 1967 before being cast in the Norman Jewison film version, for which he received a Golden Globe Award and an Oscar nomination. He is still playing the part on stage 40 years later. Far from being a one-role actor, Topol’s other cinematic outings include cult sci-fi hit Flash Gordon and Bond film For Your Eyes Only.

Choreographer Stephen Mear, who will be creating the show’s dance routines, is a Laurence Olivier Award winner, collecting the celebrated statuette for his work alongside Matthew Bourne on Mary Poppins. Mear has also previously worked on Disney’s Little Mermaid, Anything Goes, The Witches Of Eastwick, and English National Opera’s On The Town.

Gigi, which tells the story of a friendship between a young would-be courtesan and an eligible playboy, opens on 14 August following previews from 6 August. The Lerner and Loewe musical follows a Shakespearean season of Romeo And Juliet and Twelfth Night, which play alongside a children’s version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Public booking for the 2008 Open Air season opens on 11 February.



Sign up

Related articles

If you click through to seat selection (where you'll see either best available or a seating plan), you will be seeing the most up-to-date prices. If this differs from what we've written on the calendar, please bear with us, as those prices will update soon.

We now sell our famous TKTS Booth discounts online here at Official London Theatre.

We are now cancelling all performances up until and including 31 May 2020 to help us process existing bookings whilst we wait for further clarity from the government in terms of when we will be able to reopen.

We are so sorry that in these testing and difficult times you are not able to enjoy the show you have booked for and hope the following helps clarify next steps in respect of your tickets .

There is nothing that you need to do if your performance has been cancelled, but we do ask for your patience.

If you have booked directly with the theatre or show website for an affected performance, please be assured that they will contact you directly to arrange an exchange for a later date, a credit note/voucher or a refund. If you have booked via a ticket agent they will also be in contact with you directly.

We are processing in strict date order of performance, so you are likely to be contacted after the date you were due to go to the theatre. However, we want to reassure you that you will be contacted, and your order will be processed, but please do bear with us.

We’d like to thank everyone who has been patient and kind in dealing with their ticket providers so far and we are sorry that we cannot process your order as quickly as we would like.

Please do not contact your credit card company as that will slow the process down and put an additional burden on our box office and ticket agent teams.

In order for us to serve our audiences the best we can, please do not get in touch with your point of sale if you have booked for performances after 31 May. Please be reassured that if we have to cancel future performances you will be directly contacted by your theatre or ticket provider. Our producers continue to plan for all eventualities dependent on the individual needs of their shows and we will provide further updates on specific shows as and when they become available.

We look forward to welcoming you back into our theatres as soon as we are allowed to resume performances. In the meantime stay safe and healthy.

While theatres are currently closed, various venues and productions are making announcements for their individual shows, including cancellations and rescheduled performances. Please check with the individual shows for details.