CLARE FOSTER JAMIE PARKER PETER POLYCARPOU SOPHIE THOMPSON
GUYS AND DOLLS
A musical fable of Broadway based on a story and characters of DAMON RUNYON. Music and lyrics by FRANK LOESSER. Book by JO SWERLING and ABE BURROWS
11 Aug - 21 Sep 2014
★★★★★ Evening Standard
★★★★ The Times, The Telegraph, Daily Mail, Guardian, Stage, WhatsonStage (Read more)
The cream of gambling’s high society are gathering in New York City for Nathan Detroit’s popular dice game. All the hotshot guys are here: Harry the Horse, Liver Lips Louie, Rusty Charlie and Big Jule from Chicago.
Nathan could make a fortune. Except he’s stony-broke and can’t afford the $1,000 needed for a deposit on a room for the game. The only hope is to lay a bet he absolutely can’t lose.
Enter the iciest doll he knows, missionary zealot Sarah Brown from the Save-A-Soul Mission, and notorious player Sky Masterson, a gambler who can’t turn down a challenge. Even when the wager requires he woo pious Sarah all the
way to Havana.
‘Luck, let a gentleman see How nice a dame you can be I know the way you’ve treated other guys you’ve been with, Luck be a lady with me!’
This hugely popular and multi award-winning musical opened in 1950, winning five Tony Awards including Best Musical. It includes the hit numbers Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ the Boat and My Time of Day and inspired the award-winning 1955 movie which starred Marlon Brando as Sky Masterson and Frank Sinatra as Nathan Detroit.
American director Gordon Greenberg makes his directorial debut at Chichester with this classic Broadway musical. Choreography is by the internationally renowned dancer and Choreographer Carlos Acosta with Co-choreography by Andrew Wright (Singin' in the Rain, Barnum) The cast includes Peter Polycarpou as Nathan Detroit, returning to Chichester following his performance in The Pajama Game (2013) and Sophie Thompson as Miss Adelaide. Her last appearance at Chichester was in The Chalk Garden (1986).
Chichester has done it again. After triumphant revivals of Singin' in the Rain and The Pajama Game, both of which reached the West End, now it's doing justice to the greatest golden-age musical of them all. And if Gordon Greenberg's revival ushers us in gently at first to this Damon Runyon-derived 1950 fairytale of gangsters and gamblers, showgirls and missionaries, the longer it goes along the more the troublesome real world disappears. This production is a delight.
The Times (Read more)
'One hell of an enchanted evening. I left the theatre walking on air and with a grin of pure happiness on my face.'
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Daily Mail (Read more)
'the well-oiled Chichester hit factory powers triumphantly onwards here, offering up a production that is unfaultably fine'
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‘buzzy, brassy brilliance. Take a gamble on getting tickets now - the odds are it’s going to be a smash hit'
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Loesser's wonderful songs, Acosta and Wright's vibrant choreography and, above all, Thompson's stand-out performance, deliver plenty of punch and a great adornment to the newly revamped Festival Theatre.
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‘Chichester Festival Theatre’s scintillating revival. An effervescent delight’
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‘Oozes pure class. A parade of showstoppers in a pulsating evening that rocked my dinghy.’
Mail on Sunday
‘Guys and Dolls is the most perfect musical comedy ever written. Gordon Greenberg’s deluxe production induces just the helpless haze of pleasure you’d been hoping for, sending you tottering out of the theatre as high as the Salvationist missionary Sarah Brown after getting blitzed on cocktails in Havana.’
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2 hours and 40 minutes
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Sophie Thompson (Miss Adelaide) and members of the Company
Clare Foster (Sarah Brown) and Jamie Parker (Sky Masterson)
Members of the Guys and Dolls company.
Gordon Greenberg in Guys and Dolls rehearsals.
Peter Polycarpou (Nathan Detroit) and members of the Company in rehearsal. Photo Helen Maybanks
GuysAnCo-choreographer Andrew Wright in rehearsal.
Harry Morrison, Peter Polycarpou and Ian Hughes
Peter Polycarpou (Nathan Detroit)
Sophie Thompson (Miss Adelaide)
Sophie Thompson (Miss Adelaide) and Hot Box Girls
Harry Morrison and Ian Hughes
Guy and Dolls Company
Jamie Parker (Sky Masterson) and Clare Foster (Sarah Brown)
Clare Foster (Sarah Brown)
Peter Polycarpou (Nathan Detroit) with Guys and Dolls Company
Jamie Parker (Sky Masterson) foreground, with Guys and Dolls Company
Melanie La Barrie (General B.Cartwright), Ian Hughes (Benny Southstreet) and Company
Ian Hughes and Harry Morrison with Guys and Dolls Company
Sophie Thompson (Miss Adelaide) and Clare Foster (Sarah Brown)