Robbie Fairchild will lead the cast of the upcoming world premiere stage adaptation of the Oscar-winning film The Artist, performing at the U.K.'s Theatre Royal Plymouth May 11-25, 2024. Fairchild will star as silent movie icon George Valentin, played by Jean Dujardin on screen.
Joining the American in Paris Tony nominee will be Gary Wilmot as Al Zimmer and newcomer Briana Craig as Peppy Miller. Further casting is to be announced. Casting is by Will Burton.
Based on the 2011 film written by Michel Hazanavicius, the stage work is co-adapted by Lindsey Ferrentino (Amy and the Orphans) and Olivier winner Drew McOnie (King Kong). McOnie will direct and choreograph. The production will feature set and costume design by Christopher Oram, music by Simon Hale, lighting design by Zoe Spurr, sound design by Simon Baker, video design by Ash J Woodward, and puppetry design by Maia Kirkman-Richards. Chris Poon is music director.
The film, which won five 2012 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, is set in 1920s Hollywood and follows silent movie icon George Valentin and aspiring actor Peppy Miller. While her star is about to rise, his might just be about to flicker into insignificance with the arrival of the Talkies.