One of the most heartwarming British musicals of recent yearsGuardian
You will laugh, you may cry, you may even gaspTimes
Ada Harris spends her days dusting, darning, polishing and scrubbing. But her first glimpse of a ravishing Christian Dior dress sets her off on a journey that will change her life forever...
From the cobbled streets of post-war London to the shimmering avenues of Paris, Ada transforms the lives of everyone she meets along the way; but can she let go of the past and finally allow her own life to blossom?
This new musical, directed by Daniel Evans, captures the glowing humanity of the novella by Paul Gallico on which it is based. The production began in Sheffield, where it won three UK Theatre Awards including Best Musical.
Richard Taylor is a composer and lyricist for stage, opera and television, whose work includes Beauty and the Beast (CFYT 2017) and The Go-Between (West End). Rachel Wagstaff adapted Sebastian Faulks’s novel Birdsong for the West End.
Clare Burt recreates her award-winning performance as Mrs Harris; her extensive musical theatre work includes London Road and Sunday in the Park with George (National Theatre), Big Fish (West End) and most recently Miss Littlewood (RSC).
Joanna Riding returns to Chichester following The Pajama Game (Festival 2013 and West End). A double Olivier Award-winner, her West End and National Theatre work includes My Fair Lady, The Witches of Eastwick, Guys and Dolls and Carousel.
Gary Wilmot makes a welcome Festival debut. His many West End credits include Dick Whittington,The Wind in the Willows, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Pajama Game and UK tours of Oklahoma! and Chicago.
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