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Imelda Staunton to star in Hello, Dolly! at the Adelphi Theatre

Imelda Staunton

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

IMELDA Staunton is to star in the iconic musical Hello, Dolly!, which opens at the Adelphi Theatre for a strictly limited 30-week season on August 27, 2020, following preview performances from August 11.

This brand new production reunites Staunton with director Dominic Cooke, following the critically acclaimed production of Follies at the National Theatre.

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. But everything changes when she decides that the next match she needs to make is for herself.

With music and lyrics by Jerry Herman (La Cage aux Folles, Mack and Mabel, Mame) and book by Michael Stewart (42nd Street, Mack and Mabel, Barnum), Hello, Dolly! includes the numbers 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!.

Hello, Dolly! also reunites Imelda Staunton with producers Michael Harrison and David Ian. Their production of Gypsy at the Savoy Theatre not only received the Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival, but also won Staunton the Olivier Award for Best Actress In A Musical for her acclaimed portrayal of Momma Rose.

Imelda Staunton commented: “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.“

Further casting for the production will be announced at a later date.

Tickets go on sale today, Friday, November 22, 2019. To book, visit