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High Society revival to tour UK and Ireland

Touring musical theatre company Music and Lyrics will revive High Society in 2013.

This will be the consortium’s second show, following its inaugural production of Leicester Curve’s The King and I, for which it recently received a Theatre Awards UK nomination.

Directed by Anna Linstrum, the new production – which is adapted from the 1956 film of the same name – will star Michael Praed as Dexter Haven, Sophie Bould as Tracy Lord and Daniel Boys as Mike Connor.

Other cast members include Keiron Crook as George Kittredge, Carolyn Pickles as Margaret Lord and Alex Young as Liz Imbrie.

The show is being produced in association with Welsh arts centre Venue Cymru Llandudno and will start its run at the venue from January 24 to February 2 before visiting destinations including Dublin’s Bord Gais Energy Theatre, Theatre Royal Plymouth, Edinburgh’s Festival Theatre and Bradford’s Alhambra Theatre.

John Stalker, executive producer of Music and Lyrics, said: “We were lucky enough to get Anna Linstrum to come on board and to discuss with her about giving High Society a fresh and revitalised look.

“We are not changing the setting of it, it is still set in the 1930s, but we are giving it a makeover. We are excited on all fronts as we have a great title, director and cast.”

Set and costume design  will be by Francis O’Connor, lighting by Chris Davey and sound by Ben Harrison. Michael Haslam will be  the musical director. Susan Birkenhead is supplying  additional lyrics to Cole  Porter’s original music and lyrics, while the book is by Arthur Kopit.

Music and Lyrics’ third production will be Fiddler on the Roof, which will be directed by Craig Revel  Horwood with musical  direction from Sarah Travis. It will begin touring in  September 2013.