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Sandy Wilson's The Boy Friend to be revived at the Menier Chocolate Factory

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

THE first major London revival in over 10 years of The Boy Friend, Sandy Wilson’s all-singing all-dancing love letter to 1920s musical comedies, will run at the Menier Chocolate Factory from November 22, 2019 to March 7, 2020.

Set in Madame Dubonnet’s finishing school in the south of France, these perfect young ladies burst into song at the least provocation, and forbidden boy friends are forever popping through the French windows to sing and dance with them.

Since its premiere in 1953, this light-hearted show has delighted audiences worldwide and has become one of the most well-loved British musicals of all time.

The Boy Friend opened in London in 1953, before a West End run in 1954, and ran for more than five years. The subsequent Broadway run made a star of the then-unknown Julie Andrews.

The new production will be directed by Matthew White, who returns to the Menier Chocolate Factory where his previous work includes She Loves Me, Candide, Sweet Charity (also West End), Little Shop of Horrors (also West End) and The Last Five Years.

The Boy Friend will be designed by Paul Farnsworth, with choreography and associate direction by Bill Deamer, lighting design by Paul Anderson, sound design by Gregory Clarke, hair and wig design by Richard Mawbey, musical supervision and direction by Simon Beck and orchestrations by David Cullen.

Casting has not yet been announced.

A musical version of The Bridges of Madison County continues at the Menier Chocolate Factory until September 14. It will be followed – from September 20 to November 16, 2019 – by the London transfer of Laura Wade’s new play The Watsons.