Richard Fleeshman  Summer Strallen 

Desmond Barritt  Isla Blair  Richard Dempsey  Nicholas Farrell  Sally Ann Triplett

A Damsel In Distress

Music and Lyrics by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin
Book by Jeremy Sams and Robert Hudson
Based on the novel by P.G. Wodehouse
and the play by P.G. Wodehouse and Ian Hay

Festival Theatre
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An evening of sheer, effervescent summer fun

Daily Telegraph

George is an American composer working at the Savoy Theatre in London. Maud is the thoroughly English Lady Marshmoreton, a beautiful socialite who lives in a castle with a ha-ha and a drawbridge.

They really shouldn’t have met because George needs to complete his musical and Maud needs to marry most urgently, and already has someone totally unsuitable in mind. Luckily Maud’s fierce aunt, Lady Caroline, has a solution – she’s going to lock her lusty charge in the tower.

Uplifting and wildly funny, this musical comedy is a tribute to English love with all its eccentricities. Based on the novel by P.G. Wodehouse, with songs by George and Ira Gershwin, A Damsel in Distress is well-known from the popular 1937 comedy film and features the unforgettable songs Nice Work If You Can Get It, I Can’t Be Bothered Now and A Foggy Day (In London Town).

Making their Chichester debuts as George and Maud are Richard Fleeshman (UrineTown, Ghost: The Musical, Legally Blonde) and the Olivier Award nominated Summer Strallen (Top Hat, Love Never Dies, The Sound of Music). The stellar cast also includes Desmond Barrit (The History Boys, Wicked and numerous RSC productions), Isla Blair (Made in Dagenham, The Lyons, Festival 2009’s Collaboration), Richard Dempsey (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Michael Grandage’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Nicholas Farrell (Festival 2011’s South Downs / The Browning Version, 37 Days and Chariots of Fire) and Sally Ann Triplett (Follies!, Anything Goes, Guys and Dolls).

This new stage musical is directed by the celebrated American director and choreographer, Rob Ashford, whose many accolades include a Tony Award, Olivier Award, Emmy Award, Drama Desk Award and Critics’ Circle Award. His most recent hits include the 2012 revival of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof with Scarlett Johansson, and Macbeth for the Manchester International Festival in 2013 with Kenneth Branagh and Alex Kingston.

Listen to Rob Ashford in conversation with Kate Mosse about the production.

Cast & Creatives


  • Richard Fleeshman

  • Summer Strallen

    Maud Marshmoreton
  • Desmond Barrit

  • Isla Blair

    Lady Caroline Byng
  • Richard Dempsey

    Reggie Byng
  • Nicholas Farrell

    Lord Marshmoreton
  • Sally Ann Triplett

    Billie Dore
  • Mairi Barclay

  • Chris Bennett

  • Stephanie Bron

  • Sam Harrison

    Bungo Strathbungo
  • Chloe Hart

  • Matthew Hawksley

  • Kirby Hughes

  • Harry Morrison

    Austen Grey
  • David Roberts

  • Jonathan Stewart

    Joseph Button
  • Melle Stewart

    Alice Keggs
  • Lucie-Mae Sumner

  • Laura Tyrer

  • Alan Vicary

  • Matt Wilman


Creative team

Cast List

Robert Hudson


Jeremy Sams


Rob Ashford

Director and Choreographer

Christopher Oram


David Chase

Musical Supervisor and Dance Arrangements

Alan Williams

Musical Director

Bill Elliott


Howard Harrison

Lighting Designer

Paul Groothuis

Sound Designer

Gabrielle Dawes

Casting Director

James Orange

Casting Director