When it comes to judging the future landscape of the West End there are a handful of venues that regularly host shows and transfer them on to Theatreland, with the Menier Chocolate Factory providing the likes of Educating Rita and Shirley Valentine in 2010, as well as past productions like La Cage Aux Folles. Then there are shows like Enron and Jerusalem, enormously acclaimed productions nominated for a range of Laurence Olivier Awards earlier in the year, which started out life at the Chichester Festival Theatre. And it is the latter venue that first staged the production of Love Story – the Musical, which now makes the transfer to the West End as it gears up for a run at the Duchess Theatre.
Widely regarded as one of the most romantic and tragic stories out there, Love Story is the novel by Erich Segal that was adapted into a 1970 movie of the same name – something said to have kick-started the ‘chick flick’ genre. It tells the story of Oliver and Jenny, who meet at college having come from very different backgrounds. Oliver is from a wealthy family and Jenny from a less extravagant upbringing and when Oliver’s father discovers that he plans to marry such a person he is soon stripped of his financial support. After they are married it is revealed that Jenny is suffering from a condition that might bring their marriage to a tragic end.
And if this heartbreaking story is not a compelling enough reason to journey to the Duchess Theatre this winter, then perhaps the behind-the-scenes credits could change this. The show is being produced by the acclaimed performer Michael Ball, someone who has performed in productions all over the country in musicals and stage shows. His theatre credits include Les Miserables at the Barbican Theatre in the 1980s, as well as The Woman in White in London and Kisnet for the English National Opera.
And with Love Story he presents something right from the pages of Erich Segal’s novel, which was penned in 1970. Segal’s career also saw him pen screenplays and amongst his credits is the movie version of Love Story and the classic Yellow Submarine. The renowned writer died in January 2010.
Love Story – the Musical appears at the Duchess Theatre from Monday 6th December 2010 (previews from Saturday 27th November 2010) to Saturday 26th February 2011.
|Booking From:||Saturday, 27th November 2010|
|Booking Until:||Saturday, 26th February 2011|
|Matinees:||Wednesday and Saturday 3pm|
|Evenings:||Monday to Saturday 7.30pm|
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