TOO CLOSE TO THE SUN, a dramatic new musical of a fictional account of the last days in the life of Ernest Hemingway, has its World Premiere in London’s West End this summer, opening at THE COMEDY THEATRE on Thursday 16 July for a strictly limited 8 week season (Press night: Friday 24 July).
Cast: HELEN DALLIMORE has just returned from Australia where she has been starring in a production of Boeing Boeing, Helen made her West End debut in Wicked playing Glinda the good witch; JAMES GRAEME founder member of the internationally acclaimed singing group, Wall Street Crash, he has appeared in a number of West End musicals, including Phantom of The Opera and created the role of Boone in Whistle Down The Wind and Father Marshall in Out of The Blue; JAY BENEDICT best known for his role as Captain John Kieffer in Foyle’s War and TAMMY JOELLE who starred in Sundowe the winning show in the BBC2TV series MACMUSICAL Director PAT GARRETT has worked extensively in film, theatre and TV, most recently as a film director. She choreographed the original production of Spend Spend Spend at West Yorkshire Playhouse, and several of the Muppet films. Pat will shortly be working on an animated film with Tim Curry.
Author and Nobel Prize-winner Ernest Hemingway, battling the rigours old age, takes solace in the company of his young secretary. His wife, tolerating this liaison so as not to lose him, is aware that the secretary has a secret agenda – to become wife number five and inherit his estate.
The arrival of Rex, an old school friend, adds a further complication, as he tries to secure the film rights to the life of the notorious writer. With bribery, lies and manipulation, Rex plays a dangerous game to achieve his goal, but in this suggested account of events leading to Hemingway’s death, can there be any winners?
Too Close To The Sun: Orchestration by Conor Mitchell, Music by John Robinson, Lyrics by Roberto Trippini and John Robinson and Libretto by Roberto Trippini based on a play by Ron Read .Set and Costume Designer Christopher Woods, Musical Supervisor Gary Hind, Musical Director Tom Deering.