Tracie Bennett in Mrs Henderson Presents at the Noel Coward Theatre
The New Musical Adaptation Transferring from the Theatre Royal Bath in 2016
The Noël Coward Theatre is going to be the home of a new musical this February as it has been announced that the Theatre Royal Bath’s Mrs Henderson Presents will be heading to the venue with Tracie Bennett in the title role.
The musical is an adaption of the 2005 film of the same name, which saw Judi Dench take on the same role alongside cast members like Bob Hoskins and Christopher Guest. For this stage version the full (announced) cast includes Bennett alongside Ian Bartholomew as Van Damm and Emma Williams.
Mrs Henderson Presents takes us back to 1937 and introduces us to Henderson as an eccentric widow, who purchases an old cinema on Great Windmill Street and turns it into the Windmill Theatre. Along with Vivian Van Damm they put on an array of hit variety shows, but they are going to have to up the ante if they are to keep audience’s attention during the Blitz, so they introduce the concept of The Windmill Girls, a controversial and spectacular idea that will turn a few heads.
The original story was penned by Martin Sherman and directed by Stephen Frears. This stage version has music and lyrics from George Fenton & Simon Chamberlain and Don Black respectively, whilst Terry Johnson directs and writes the book.
Performer Tracie Bennett is no stranger to musical theatre fans, having appeared in an array of well known west end shows over the years, from Hairspray to Chicago, and as a result she will be a familiar face for those heading to the Noël Coward Theatre. Her career has also including a long list of television credits, with examples such as Scott & Bailey, Casualty, Dalziel And Pascoe, The Bill, Burn It, Coronation Street and more.
The Noël Coward Theatre is currently the home of Photograph 51 with Nicole Kidman in the lead role. A Christmas Carol with Jim Broadbent follows, meaning that the venue is welcoming many familiar faces in the months ahead.
Mrs Henderson Presents follows both of them, opening at the Noël Coward Theatre on Tuesday 16th February 2016 (previews from Tuesday 9th February 2016).