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Maria Friedman Directs High Society and Daniel Kitson Stars in Tree at the Old Vic Theatre

Sunday, 14th Dec 2014  

The Lambeth Venue Announces Two Shows for 2015

The Old Vic Theatre will be welcoming revival of the classic musical High Society in 2015 alongside a two-man show in the form of Tree. The Former is set to be directed by Maria Friedman from April to August and the latter sees Tim Key and Daniel Kitson perform from Kitson’s script in January.

High Society is Cole Porter’s musical that was first seen by audiences on the big screen when the 1956 film was released. That version starred Grace Kelly, Bing Crosy and Frank Sinatra in lead roles and is considered a classic film today.

A stage version of the musical first emerged in the 1990s, with a production landing in San Francisco in 1997 and on Broadway the following year. Then, in 2003, the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre produced a version with Ian Talbot directing.

The story focuses on the character of Tracy Lord and the multitude of suitors she has on her doorstep in the run up to her wedding. One is her soon-to-be husband, another is an ex-husband, who arrives on the scene to win her back and the other is a reporter who is there to write a story on the proceedings.

The story is well known for featuring songs such as Riding High, Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?, Just One Of Those Things, You’re Sensational and True Love, among others.

Maria Friedman directs and she does so as the director of the recent Merrily We Roll Along at the Harold Pinter Theatre. She is well known as a performer as well, with credits in a wide range of high profile productions.

Audiences will be able to pick up theatre tickets to see High Society at the Old Vic Theatre for performances from 14th May 2015 (previews from 30th April 2015) to 20th August 2015.

Tree, which runs beforehand, has been written by comedian Daniel Kitson and will star himself and fellow-comedian Tim Key in a residential street setting. It was previously staged in Manchester.

It runs at the Old Vic Theatre following the closure of Electra (starring Kristen Scott Thomas – soon to play the Queen in the revival of The Audience) from 5th January 2015.

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