Songs from the Hotel Bedroom

It is 1949 in a stylish and sophisticated post-war New York. Cabaret singer Angélique (Frances Ruffelle) relives the memories of her brief but passionate love affair with songwriter Dan (Nigel Richards), reflecting upon how her life has changed through the highs and lows, their joys, ambitions, travels and separation.

This exciting new piece of music theatre unfolds through the bittersweet love songs of Kurt Weill’s American repertoire (including September Song, Speak Low and I’m A Stranger Here Myself) and the sensuous mischief of tango dance.

The show stars Frances Ruffelle and Nigel Richards. Frances is best known as the original Eponine in Les Miserables, for which she won a Tony Award, as well as for Chicago and Starlight Express. Nigel’s credits include Phantom of the Opera,  Martin Guerre and Spend, Spend, Spend.

Also featuring dancers Tara Pilbrow and Amir Giles and a 7-piece live band led by Musical Director James Holmes.

The production was conceived by choreographer Kate Flatt (Les Miserables; Doctor Faustus, Young Vic; Three Sisters, National Theatre -an associate artist of SEGUE and a Watford Palace Theatre Creative Associate) and is Directed and Written by Kate and Peter Rowe, Artistic Director of the New Wolsey Theatre.

Performances 2010
Watford Palace Theatre | 14-16 October 2010 New Wolsey Theatre Ipswich | 20-23 October 2010 Linbury Theatre Royal Opera House | 4-6 November 2010

Angelique: Frances Ruffelle Dan: Nigel Richards Tango Dancers: Amir Giles & Tara Pilbrow
Piano: James Holmes Drums: Clive Deamer Double Bass: Neil Charles Violin/Louis: Charlie Brown Saxophone/Clarinet/Flute: Dai Pritchard Steve Pretty: Trumpet Accordion: Romano Viazzani

Creative Team
Written by Kate Flatt and Peter Rowe Director and Choreographer: Kate Flatt Dramaturg: Peter Rowe
Set and Costume Design: Chloe Lamford Lighting Design: Anna Watson Sound Design: Al Ashford Assistant Choreographer: Amir Giles Assitant MD/Repetiteur: Leon Charles

Production Team
Executive Producer: Fiona Mason Production Manager: Matt Ledbury Sound Technician: James Maddison Costume Supervisor: Nicola Fitchett Touring Costume Assistant: Gretchen Luttmer Dialect Coach: Michaela Kennan French Coach: Nicole Tibbels Company Stage Manager: Jeff Rann DSM: Emma Hansford
ASM: Naomi Brooks Assistant Producer: Genine Sumner Assistant to Kate Flatt: Sam Curtis
PR: Judy Lipsey / Verity Walker – The Works PR

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