Following yesterday’s gossip, it has now been confirmed that the world premiere of Mrs Henderson Presents will be staged at the Theatre Royal Bath next year. The production runs between 14th August and 5th September 2015.
The musical has book by Terry Johnson who will also direct the production. Lyrics are by Don Black with music by George Fenton and Simon Chamberlain.
Mrs Henderson Presents, which is based on the film starring Judi Dench and Bob Hoskins, is likely to transfer to the West End following its run in Bath.
It’s London, 1937, and recently-widowed eccentric, Laura Henderson, is looking for a way of spending her time and money when her attention falls on a run-down former cinema in Great Windmill Street. Hiring feisty impresario Vivian Van Damm to look after the newly renovated Windmill Theatre, the improbable duo present a bill of non-stop variety acts.
But as war looms something more is required to boost morale and box office… When Mrs Henderson comes up with the idea of The Windmill Girls – glamorous young women posing as nude statues - audiences flock. And as the Blitz hits London, The Windmill provides a refuge for all, boasting the spirit-raising slogan “We Never Close”.
Meet The Team
Terry Johnson’s many West End productions as director and/or writer include One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, Hitchcock Blonde,Entertaining Mr Sloane, The Graduate, Dead Funny, Hysteria, Elton John’s Glasses and The Memory of Water. He won the 2010 Tony Award for Best Director of a Musical for La Cage aux Folles.
Don Black’s stage musicals include Billy, Tell Me on a Sunday, Aspects of Love and Stephen Ward and he won two Tony Awards forSunset Boulevard. Film lyrics include ‘Diamonds are Forever’, ‘Born Free’ and ‘The Italian Job’. Among his many popular hit songs are Michael Jackson’s ‘Ben’ and Lulu’s ‘To Sir With Love’, both of which were U.S. number one hits.
George Fenton has composed numerous film scores including for the original film of ‘Mrs Henderson Presents’, ‘Gandhi’, ‘Cry Freedom’, ‘Dangerous Liaisons’, ‘The Wind that Shakes the Barley’ and ‘Memphis Belle’; and music for television series including ‘The Jewel in the Crown’, ‘The Blue Planet’ and ‘Planet Earth’.