Premiering in London in 1953, the show ran for over five years, meeting even the Queen’s favour, while a coinciding Broadway run turned a young Julie Andrews into an overnight star. Back in Britain, Ken Russell’s 1971 film earned Twiggy two Golden Globes in the principal role of Polly.
A pastiche of 1920s musicals, The Boy Friend balances irony on light-hearted scales, delivering the happy endings one might anticipate from such a youthful, buoyant host of characters. Expect all the drop skirts, T-bars and pearly twirls of Europe's Golden Age, paired with light, tuneful song and dance.
Left in the expert hands of Menier native and Olivier Award-winning director Matthew White (She Loves Me, Candide, Sweet Charity), the theatrical fodder of timeless heartache finds its musical legs once again. Though a small theatre, the Menier packs a punch when it comes to musicals, with last Christmas's production of Fiddler on the Roof spawning five-star reviews and a West End run.
American shows might have rather stolen the musical limelight recently, but the Menier’s production of one of Britain’s best-loved musicals, spanning the Channel, is set to delight London's audience.
Tickets for The Boy Friend at Menier Chocolate Factory go on sale on Monday 9 September.
|What||The Boy Friend, Menier Chocolate Factory|
|Where||Menier Chocolate Factory, 53 Southwark St, London , SE1 1RU | MAP|
|Nearest tube||London Bridge (underground)|
22 Nov 19 – 07 Mar 20, 8:00 PM – 10:30 PM
|Price||£42.50 – £47.50|
|Website||Click here to book and for more information|