'You run your heart like a hotel - you got guys checking in and out all the time’
Charity Hope Valentine fantasises about three things in life: romance, luxury and escaping the questionable clientele of the Fandango Ballroom.
Lovable, gullible and spirited, she longs to find a lover who can sweep her off her feet but guided by the ‘fickle finger of fate’, Charity is always handing over her heart (and her earnings) to the wrong man. There’s Charlie tattooed on her arm, movie star Vittorio Vidal and then there’s Oscar. But will any of them be her one true love?
Charity’s romantic highs and lows entertain and dismay her fellow dancers but in trying to shake off the past, will she ever be able to live happily ever after?
West End lead Gemma Sutton plays Charity in this iconic musical comedy. Her credits include The Go Between, Gypsy and Strictly Ballroom.
With a hit score including Big Spender, If My Friends Could See Me Now, Rhythm of Life and I’m a Brass Band, this iconic musical comedy is brought right up to date in a modern reimagining by Watermill Artistic Director Paul Hart (Crazy For You, Twelfth Night, Romeo and Juliet) and award-winning musical supervisor Sarah Travis (A Little Night Music, Sweeney Todd, Mack and Mabel).
The show is approximately 2 hours 35 minutes with a 20 minute interval.
Step behind the scenes of Sweet Charity with The Watermill Theatre Podcast.
Go behind the scenes with the cast and creatives of Sweet Charity in the first episode of The Watermill Theatre Podcast. Hear from Artistic Director Paul Hart, Movement Director Tom Jackson Greaves, Music Supervisor Sarah Travis and Charity herself, Gemma Sutton. Click the player above to listen.
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Directed by Paul Hart
Co-orchestrator and Musical Supervision by Sarah Travis
Co-orchestrator and Musical Direction by Charlie Ingles
Choreography by Tom Jackson Greaves
Design by Diego Pitarch
Lighting Design by Malcolm Rippeth
Sound Design by Tom Marshall
Matthew James Hinchcliffe
On-stage Musical Director
Ursula / Rosie