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A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC

Music and Lyrics by STEPHEN SONDHEIM
Book by HUGH WHEELER
Original orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick
Suggested by a Film by INGMAR BERGMAN
Originally Produced and Directed on Broadway by Harold Prince




Thu 27 Jul 2017 - Sat 16 Sep 2017

Oozing with sophistication and wit, Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler’s A Little Night Music (based on Ingmar Bergman's Smiles on a Summer Night) is a passionate story of intertwined love affairs, regret and longing centred on elegant actress Desirée Armfeldt, and her family and flirtations.

When Desirée performs in the town of her former lover, old passions rekindle and during a weekend in the country, the entangled romances of four couples are laid bare. With the magic of music on a summer’s night, love’s joys and complications play out in three quarter time.

Filled with beautiful iconic numbers including Send in the Clowns and A Weekend in the Country, this award-winning romantic musical by one of our greatest living composers will be performed by actor musicians for the first time on The Watermill’s stage.

Following the outstanding success of past productions, including the Tony award-winning Sweeney Todd which transferred to the West End and Broadway, The Watermill returns to Sondheim with director Paul Foster (Tell Me On A Sunday and Laurel and Hardy) and award-winning musical supervisor Sarah Travis (Sweeney Todd, Mack and Mabel and Pinafore Swing).

To find out more about the A Little Night Music Backstage Tour click here


Performed by arrangement with Music Theatre International (Europe) Limited.

 
Running Times
2 hours 40 minutes including a 20 minute interval

 Director Paul Foster   
 Musical Arrangements and Supervisor Sarah Travis
 Designer David Woodhead
 Choreographer Matt Flint
 Lighting Designer Howard Hudson
 Sound Designer Tom Marshall

Alastair Brookshaw

Frederik Egerman

Theatre includes: ‘Sipos’, She Loves Me, Menier Chocolate Factory; ‘Cover Beadle’, Sweeney Todd, ENO; ‘Jacobowsky’, The Grand Tour, Finborough Theatre; ‘Oscar Wilde’, De Profundis, Leicester Square Theatre; ‘Leo Frank’, Parade, Southwark Playhouse; Solo Vocalist, Strictly Gershwin, English National Ballet, Royal Albert Hall/Coliseum;Volodya’, Bed and Sofa, Finborough; ‘Man 3’, Shoes, Sadlers Wells; ‘Caruso’, Carnival of the Animals, Riverside Studios; ‘Blo-Hy’, Hot Mikado, Watermill Theatre; ‘Perkins’/‘Understudy Eddie’, Blood Brothers, Phoenix Theatre; ‘Young Nazi’, Cabaret, Lyric Theatre; Soloist, For the Public Good, Coliseum.

Cast recordings and film soundtracks include: Cabaret 2006 London Revival Cast Recording; West Side Story Fiftieth Anniversary Recording; That’s Entertainment: A Celebration of the MGM Film Musical; Rogers and Hammerstein at the Movies; Kung Fu Panda 3; Captain America: The First Avenger; Mamma Mia! The Movie; The Pirates of the Caribbean.

Alastair read history at Cambridge University and was a choral scholar at Trinity, and then St John’s, College.

Rachel Dawson

Liebeslieder

Theatre includes: The Snow Queen (New Vic Theatre, Stoke); The Hound Of The Baskervilles (York Theatre Royal); A Flea In Her Ear (Tabard Theatre); Raymond Briggs' Father Christmas (Lyric, Hammersmith); Oliver! (The Watermill Theatre); These Trees Are Made Of Blood (Southwark Playhouse); Will Harveys War (Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham); Vice (Workshop); Captain Flinn & The Pirate Dinsosaurs (UK Tour); Ernest & The Pale Moon (UK Tour); Jack & The Giant (The Theatre, Chipping Norton); Cider With Rosie (Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham); A Road Less Travelled (Workshop); Tom’s Midnight Garden (Bloomsbury Theatre, London); Shakers (Queens Theatre, Hornchurch); Twelfth Night (Minack Theatre, Cornwall); The Terrible Infants (Adelaide Fringe Festival, Australia); The Strange Case Of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde (Queens Theatre, Hornchurch); The Young Ones (Queens Theatre, Hornchurch); The Vaudevillains (Charing Cross Theatre); Bedlam (Finger in the Pie); Sweeney Todd: His Life Times & Execution (Finger in the Pie); Darkly Delicious (Jammy Voo); The Hotel (The Invisible Dot); The Rape Of Lucrece (Tara Arts); Failed States (1215 Productions); Solemn Mass For A Full Moon In Summer (Drama Centre).

Alex Evans

Frid/Liebeslieder

Theatre includes, Carousel (London Coliseum, English National Opera), The Sound of Music (UK Tour) The Songbook of Judy Garland (UK Tour) Dessa Rose (Trafalgar Studios), Honk!, Tuxedo Junction and The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea (Watermill Theatre), The Secret Garden in concert (UK Tour), Carousel (Barbican Theatre, Opera North), Masterclass (Vaudeville Theatre), Chess (UK Tour), Ragtime, Do I Hear A Waltz? (Landor Theatre), Sunset Boulevard (Harold Pinter Theatre), Aspects of Love (UK tour), Hair! (Octagon, Yeovil), Fanny The Musical (Lost Musicals, Sadlers Wells), Featured vocalist for QM2 Maiden and Inaugural Voyages, Spirit of the Dance (UK Tour) and seasons at the Thursford Christmas Spectacular.

Opera includes, tenor roles in L’Elisir D’Amore, Lucia di Lammermoor, The Merry Widow, The Magic Flute, Don Carlos, The Barber of Seville (Pavilion Opera), Mozart’s Impressario, Cavalleria Rusticana, Don Giovanni and The Marriage of Figaro (Zeist Festival, Amsterdam), Carmen (O2, Raymond Gubbay). Opera On The Run (UK, Europe and Asia).

Film and television includes,The Sound of Music Live, The Young Victoria, The Oxford Murders, The Paul O’Grady Show, Popstar to Operastar, Any Dream Will Do.

Phoebe Fildes

Countess Charlotte

Phoebe trained at the University of Bristol and Mountview Academy and was a member of NYMT and NYT.

Last year, Phoebe returned from a World Tour with the Globe Theatre in which she played Ophelia in Hamlet, performing in 196 countries over two years. She has also appeared in Peter Pan (National Theatre), The World Goes Round (Stephen Joseph Theatre) and played both and played both Girl and Ex-Girlfriend in the original cast of Once the Musical (Phoenix Theatre). She is a member of folk group The Phoenix Collective, and sings with various soul/funk bands in London.

Josefina Gabrielle

Desiree Armfeldt

Musical Theatre: Doris Teavee, Charlie And The Chocolate Factory (Warner Brothers Neal Street Productions); Gussie Carnagy, Merrily We Roll Along (Menier Chocolate Factory); Lady Jacqueline, Me And My Girl (Sheffield Crucible); Nicky/Ursula, Sweet Charity (Menier Chocolate Factory); Irene Molloy, Hello Dolly (Regent's Park Open Air Theatre); Kathy Seldon, Singing In The Rain (Sadlers Wells/Leicester Haymarket); Cassie, A Chorus Line (Sheffield Crucible); Laurey Williams, Oklahoma (Broadway-NY); Alexandra Spofford, The Witches Of Eastwick (Cameron Mackintosh); Roxie Hart, Chicago (Adelphi Theatre); Dot/Marie, Sunday In The Park With George (Leicester Haymarket /Lyceum); Laurey Williams, Oklahoma (Royal National Theatre); Cassie, A Chorus Line (Turnstyle Productions); Jenna/US Paula McFadden, The Goodbye Girl (E & B Productions); Maggie, A Chorus Line (Derby Playhouse); Iris Kelly, Fame (Michael White, Runar Borge); Dream Laurey, Oklahoma (Apollo Leisure); Penny Bentley, Carousel (Royal National Theatre).

Television: Marion Pilmer, Doctors (BBC); Debbie Bellamy, Heartbeat (Yorkshire Television); Rachel, Totally Frank (Endemol, Neasa Hardiman);
Jacqueline Williamson, Born And Bred (BBC); Ophelia Ortiz, Auf Wiedersehen, Pet (BBC); Veronica Pisconi, Heartbeat (Yorkshire Television); Anna De Paz, Sunburn (BBC).

Stage: Katherine Kelly, The Murder Game (The Kings Head); Annabella, Margaret, Pamela, The 39 Steps (Fiery Angel); Tonight At 8.30 (Six Plays) (Chichester Festival Theatre); Helena, A Midsummer Night's Dream (Cannizaro Park); Nicki/Ursula, Sweet Charity (Menier Chocolate Factory). Feature Film: Laurey Williams, Oklahoma (Richard Price, Trevor Nunn/Chris Hunt).

Alex Hammond

Count Carl-Magnus

Alex trained at the University of Leeds where he obtained a First Class degree in Theatre and Performance, before going on to study at the Royal Academy of Music. Alex has recently finished performing as Swing in Motown: The Musical at The Shaftesbury Theatre. He also took on the role of Resident Assistant Director for the production.

Other theatre includes: The Prince, Cinderella (Salisbury Playhouse); Alternate Adam Pontipee in the No 1 tour of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers; Cyril in the UK tour of Bill Kenwright's Save The Last Dance For Me; Lt Danny Gilmartin, Calamity Jane (Watermill Theatre and national tour.) He also performed as a soloist in a Concert of Songs for London Pops Orchestra at Marlborough College. He made his professional debut in Taboo at the Brixton Club House.

Dillie Keane

Madame Armfeldt

Dillie studied music at Trinity College, Dublin, and went on to complete the 3 year acting course at LAMDA. A burgeoning acting career was hijacked by the extraordinary success of Fascinating Aida which started in a wine bar in West End Lane in 1983 with Marilyn Cutts and Lizzie Richardson. When Adele Anderson joined in 1984, she found her great writing partner.

With Fascinating Aida, Dillie has played six West End theatres, and most recently several seasons at the Queen Elizabeth Hall. Dillie has appeared with Fascinating Aida all around the world - New York, Singapore, Berlin, Kenya, San Francisco, Wellington New Zealand, and more of Australia than most Australians have ever seen. Fascinating Aida have released seven albums, all still available, and 4 DVDs.

For the last two years, Dillie has been touring her fourth one-person show around the UK. She also played a season at 59e59 in New York, and appeared at the legendary Bar Jeder Vernunft in Berlin. She has released a live DVD of the show, Hello Dillie.

In 2002, Dillie wrote the songs for the new musical comedy by Sandi Toksvig, Big Night Out At The Little Palace Theatre, which she starred in at the Palace Theatre, Watford alongside Sandi and Bonnie Langford, and the show broke all box-office records.

Other acting parts include: Maggie, Dancing At Lughnasa (on tour); Bessie Burgess, The Plough And The Stars (West Yorkshire Playhouse); Juno, Juno And The Paycock (Leicester Haymarket); Eva, Accomodating Eva (King's Head Theatre); Monica, Present Laughter (Birmingham Repertory Theatre); Donna Lucia, Charley’s Aunt (National tour with Eric Sykes); Premiere production of The Vagina Monologues (Dublin 2002); Tomfoolery, starring alongside Kit and the Widow(on tour); The Duchess, Me And My Girl (on tour); the revue Cowardy Custard; Lady Bracknell, The Importance Of Being Earnest (Dublin); one-woman play My Brilliant Divorce (on tour). Dillie toured in the live show, Grumpy Old Women both in the UK and Australia.

Alice Keedwell

Liebeslieder

Alice is an actress, actor-musician and singer, she is co-creator of musical comedy duo House of Blakewell with composer Harry Blake. Most recently she played Loki in new musical Thor & Loki as part of Bristol Old Vic Ferment and the Old Vic Workrooms lab, The evil Queen in Snow White at the BroadwayTheatre and Alice in We Can Make You Happy by House of Blakewell directed by Valentina Ceschi. Other work includes Nanny Cook in One Hundred and One Dalmations directed by Luke Sheppard and Otter/Chief Weasel for The Lord Chamberlains Men directed by Martin Constantine. Alice also has experience in developing new work (workshopping ALBION, Bush Theatre, R&D with Hot Coals Theatre and workshop with OldVic12). Television includes: Anonymous for ITV Tiger Aspect, The Thorntons for Comedy Central shortcuts and she has recently finished filming for film Fright Christmas by Richard Mansfield.

Lucy Keirl

Anne Egerman

Whilst at Rose Bruford, she played Lily in Punk Rock, Annie in All My Sons, Isabella in Measure For Measure and Catherine in Britain Ltd. (Theatre Ad Infinitum).

Lucy’s professional Theatre debut was as Juliet in Romeo And Juliet at The Watermill and she has just completed a National Tour as Abigail Williams in The Crucible (Selladoor Worldwide Ltd)). Further Theatre credits include Frankenstein (Watermill Theatre) and Peter Pan (Imagine Theatre).

Neil MacDonald

Liebeslieder/Show MD

Neil studied piano at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London.

As Musical Director, theatre includes: Grease (World Trade Centre, Dubai), Grease (Curve, Leicester), The World Goes Round (Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough), The Great Jewish American Songbook (Upstairs at the Gatehouse) – OFFIE Nominated, ‘Best Musical Director’, The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe (Birmingham REP), Love Birds, (Pleasance, Edinburgh), Cougar The Musical (Belgrade Theatre, Coventry), Carmen Disruption, (Almeida Theatre - Asst. MD), Sleeping Beauty (Theatre Royal, Winchester), Spend, Spend, Spend (Bridewell Theatre), Liza Liza Liza (Yvonne Arnaud & Theatre Royal Windsor), The Wind In The Willows (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Hot Mikado (Electric Theatre, Guildford), Allegro (Bridewell Theatre, LSMT production), Some Like it Hotter (Watermill Theatre & Touring), Bright Lights, Big City (Bridewell Theatre, London), The Rage to Live (The Mill Studio, Guildford & New End Theatre, Hampstead), Copacabana (Watermill Theatre, Newbury), Lunch with Marlene & Noel (UK Tour), Dracula (White Bear, London), Lunch With Marlene (New End Theatre). Dep. Keys on Chicago (Cambridge Theatre), Les Miserables (Queen’s Theatre).

Neil has also performed extensively as a solo classical pianist and accompanist at venues in London such as the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Wigmore Hall, St. James’s Piccadilly and St. Martin in the Fields. He has toured SE Asia, the Philippines and Hong Kong, and given recitals in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Paris, Nice, Barcelona, Rome and Hamburg.

He has also worked as MD, vocal and repertoire coach at many leading drama schools, including LSMT, ArtsEd, Guildford School of Acting, Mountview, London Studio Centre, Birmingham School of Acting & Oxford School of Drama.

Tilly-Mae Millbrook

Fredrika Armfeldt

Tilly-Mae is making her professional debut at The Watermill for the 50th Anniversary Season. She has just finished her training at Rose Bruford College on the BA (Hons) Actor Musicianship programme. Tilly-Mae was awarded the Lillian Bayliss Scholarship.

Other Training Includes: Drama Centre London Foundation Studies in Performance and National Youth Music Theatre (NYMT).

Theatre credits include: Caroline in the World Premiere of Island Song (Stratford Circus);

Spring Awakening (Curve, Leicester/NYMT)); NYMT 40 Gala (The Adelphi); Kevin Spacey Gala (Old Vic); Polly Peachum in Mr Brecht (St James Theatre Studio); Frau S/Musical Director in Western Front (Royal Academy of Music); Autolycus in The Winters Tale (Rose Bruford) and Annie in All My Sons (Rose Bruford).

Benedict Salter

Henrik Egerman

Previous theatre credits include: An Inspector Calls (West End); Shakespeare in Music (RSC/Southbank Sinfonia).

Roles while at LAMDA include: Hjalmar Ekdal in The Wild Duck; David in Mydidae; Duke Solinus & Doctor Pinch in The Comedy of Errors; and Snout in A Midsummer Night's Dream. Benedict was also a BBC Carleton Hobbs Bursary Award finalist in 2016.
Roles while at Durham University include: Tupolski in The Pillowman; Mephistopheles in Doctor Faustus; and Benny in Guys and Dolls.

Christina Tedders

Petra/Liebeslieder

Christina studied Law at Bristol University before training at the Royal Academy of Music on the Andrew Lloyd Webber Scholarship. Christina holds a performance diploma in both piano and violin. She made her Professional and West End debut when she joined the Original London cast of Once The Musical (Phoenix Theatre). Other theatre credits include Adelaid Adams in Calamity Jane (The Watermill and Tour) and Woman 2 in Putting It Together (Belfast Lyric Theatre). She was also a soloist in Friday Night is Music Night for BBC Radio 2. Christina heads to The Watermill straight out of the UK tour of The Commitments, where she played the role of Bernie.