It has been announced that Hadley Fraser and Caroline Sheen will star in the world premiere of Stuart Matthew Price and Timothy Knapman’s new romantic musical Before After at the St. James Studio.
Backed by the Arts Council, Before After will be workshopped for two weeks then will be performed to the paying public on Sunday 28th September at 3.00pm at St. James Studio. Industry insiders will be invited to see the show on Friday 26th September at 2.30pm.
Composer Stuart Matthew Price said: “We are thrilled with the stunning West End cast we’ve assembled and with the generous support of the Arts Council, excited to give Musical Theatre fans the opportunity to be in at the very beginning of the journey for this new British musical. We want their feedback as we look to mount a fully staged production later in 2014 or early 2015.”
Everybody has one great lost love. They broke our hearts, they haunt our dreams and we will never, ever forget it. But what if fate gave you another chance? Do you think you’d get things right the second time around?
In Before After, Ami (Caroline Sheen) meets Ben (Hadley Fraser) by a tree on a beautiful hillside. She reconises him instantly - he was once the love of her life. But Ben doesn’t recognise her. As we watch their love grow in both the past and the present, might they finally find their happy ever after after all? He’s the right man in the right place - but is this the right time?
Hadley Fraser, soon to star as Stine in the sold-out Donmar Warehouse production of City of Angels, made his professional debut in Les Misérables and returned to West End production as Javert in 2011. His other West End roles include: The Far Pavilions (Shaftesbury), Frederic in The Pirates of Penzance (Savoy), Peter Pan (Savoy), El Gallo in The Fantasticks (Duchess). He played Raoul in the 25th Anniversary staging of The Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall. As a vocalist he can be heard on Scott Alan’s releases Keys and Scott Alan LIVE.
Caroline Sheen played the title role in the musical Mary Poppins in the UK then in the US, where she won the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Non-Resident Production. She appeared in the West End as Fantine in Les Misérables alongside Hadley Fraser, and appears in the film version as well. She made her West End debut as Marty in Grease at the Cambridge Theatre and later starred as Sandy at the Victorial Palace. She played Florinda in Into the Woods at the Donmar Warehouse and was the original cast of Mamma Mia! at the Prince Edward Theatre, understudying the lead role of Sophie. She created the role of Jennifer Gabriel in the world premiere production of The Witches of Eastwick at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane and played Truly Scrumptious in Chitty Chitty Bang Bangat the London Palladium.
The workshop will be directed by Simon Greiff, with orchestration and musical direction by Colin Billing. The show is produced by United Theatrical with the assistance of the Arts Council of England.