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Imelda Staunton in Hello, Dolly!

Posted on January 21, 2020

Imelda Staunton

Imelda Staunton reunites with director Dominic Cooke for a new production of Hello, Dolly! at London’s Adelphi Theatre this summer. With a score by Jerry Herman and book by Michael Stewart, Hello, Dolly! will begin performances on August 11 for a 30-week season. Andy Nyman will play Horace Vandergelder and Jenna Russell, Irene Molloy.

Staunton and Cooke most recently worked together on the critically acclaimed National Theatre production of Stephen Sondheim’s Follies. Now Hello, Dolly! reunites star and director in this classic Broadway musical. Multi Olivier and BAFTA award-winning Staunton plays meddlesome socialite turned matchmaker Dolly Levi, as she travels to Yonkers, New York to find a match for the miserly, unmarried “half-a-millionaire” Horace Vandergelder. However, everything changes when she decides that the next match she needs to make is for herself.

With music and lyrics by Jerry Herman and book by Michael Stewart, Hello, Dolly! is one of the most loved musicals of all time. Herman’s timeless score includes “Put On Your Sunday Clothes”, “Ribbons Down My Back”, “Before the Parade Passes By”, “Elegance”, “It Only Takes a Moment” and of course, “Hello, Dolly!”.

The musical also reunites Staunton with producers Michael Harrison and David Ian. Their production of Gypsy at the Savoy Theatre was awarded the Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival, and for which Imelda also won the Olivier Award for Best Actress In A Musical for her acclaimed portrayal of Momma Rose.

Staunton said: “Well, I’m delighted and daunted in equal measure to be doing a new production of Hello, Dolly! in London next year. I am so excited to be working again with Dominic Cooke, Michael Harrison and David Ian, and we all can’t wait to bring Hello, Dolly! – which is a truly joyous show – back to the West End after all these years.”

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Nicola Rayner was editor of Dance Today from 2010 to 2015. She has written for a number of publications including The Guardian, The Independent and Time Out Buenos Aires, where she cut her teeth as a dance journalist working on the tango section. Today she continues to dance everything from ballroom to breakdance, with varying degrees of success. Her debut novel, The Girl Before You, was published last year in paperback, ebook and audiobook.

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