See inside the holiday classic White Christmas, currently on its previously announced U.K. tour. The traveling production launched at Truro Hall for Cornwall, and currently plays Nottingham Theatre Royal through November 26. Further stops will be made at Sunderland Empire November 28-December 3 and Liverpool Empire December 6-31.
Leading the cast are Lorna Luft as Martha Watson, Jay McGuiness as Captain Bob Wallace, Michael Starke as General Waverly, Dan Burton as Private Phil Davis, Jessica Daley as Betty Haynes, and Monique Young as Judy Haynes. White Christmas follows a pair of WWIII soldiers with a knack for performing after the war as they pair up with a sister act duo to save their former commanding officer's inn.
The tour is based on a 2018 production from Curve, Leicester that played London's West End in 2019. Burton, Daley, and Young reprise their performances from earlier runs of the production.
Daughter to screen legend Judy Garland and producer Sidney Luft, Luft starred as Fran Kubelik during the original Broadway run of Promises, Promises, and as Peppermint Patty in the original Off-Broadway production of Snoopy! Her film credits include Grease 2, Where the Boys Are, 54, and My Giant. She returns to White Christmas after starring as Martha in a 2016 U.S. tour of the musical.
The cast is completed by Simon Anthony, Tom Bales, Lydia Bannister, George Beet, Imogen Bowtell, Isabel Canning, Gabrielle Cocca, Joseph Craig, Beth Devine, Steve Fortune, Ashton Harkness, Connor Hughes, Owen McHugh, Benjamin Mundy, James Revell, Sadie-Jean Shirley, Matthew Sweet, Lucy Warway, David Winters, and Alex Wright.
Inspired by the 1954 American musical film of the same name, White Christmas has music and lyrics by Irving Berlin and a book by David Ives and Paul Blake. It is directed by Ian Talbot, based on the original direction by Curve Artistic Director Nikolai Foster, and choreographed by two-time Olivier Award-winning choreographer Stephen Mear (Mary Poppins, Gypsy).
The production features set design by Michael Taylor, costume design by Diego Pitarch, musical supervision by Stephen Brooker, lighting design by Mark Henderson, sound design by Tom Marshall, and orchestrations by Larry Blank with new musical arrangements by Jason Carr. Casting is by Jonathan Russell for Mark Goucher Productions.
Producers include Jamie Wilson, Mark Goucher, Gavin Kalin, and Kevin McCollum with Hunter Arnold, Jason Haigh-Ellery, Laurence Myers, InTheatre, Curve, and Carlos Candal.