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   Features  >  LATEST LONDON NEWS

at the New London

Published May 30 2008

  Sussannah Fellows and Jill Paice/PH:Catherine Ashmore

That's all she wrote, or should we say, that's all she played. Trevor Nunn's production of Gone With the Wind will be marching out of the New London Theatre on Saturday, June 14, 2008. The tuner will have given 79 performances as of that date.

Producer Aldo Scrofani said: From the beginning of our journey we have all worked hard to achieve the realisation of putting Margaret Mitchell's classic novel Gone With the Wind, on stage at the New London Theatre. Despite the critical response the Company have enjoyed much praise from audience&nbspmembers during our run and for that we are grateful.Nevertheless, we have made the difficult decision to close the production.Plans for a New York production are currently on hold but in the meantime we are pursuing various options that have been presented to us from interested parties worldwide.

Scrofani's passing remark about critical response is, at the very least, an understatement. The critics savaged the production. for one thing, it was way too long-clocking in at 3 hours 40 minutes on press night. (Though, in truth, its running time has been pared since it opened.) Reviewer Matt Wolf, writing in the upcoming issue of London Theatre News alluded to the sheer impossibility of the task. And commented on the whiff of the assembly line the productiion gave off.

The musical adaptation of Gone With the Wind has book and lyrics by Margaret Martin, adapted by Nunn and music by Martin. The show is designed by John Napier, costume designs by Andreane Neofitou with lighting design by Neil Austin and sound by Paul Groothuis. Musical supervisor and arranger is Gareth Valentine, movement director is David Bolger and the orchestrator is William D. Brohn.

Darius Danesh and Jill Paice lead the cast as Rhett Butler and Scarlett O'Hara. Edward Baker-Duly plays Ashley Wilkes, Madeleine Worrall plays Melanie, NaTasha Yvette Williams is Mammy and Jina Burrows is Prissy.



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