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Maria Friedman to direct High Society for the Old Vic

Artwork for High Society, which will run at the Old Vic theatre next year.
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Maria Friedman will direct a revival of High Society, as part of the Old Vic’s 2015 season.

The musical adaptation of the 1956 film will be performed in the round, and will have a four-month run at the theatre from April 30 until August 22, with a press night on May 14.

With music and lyrics by Cole Porter, the show also has a book by Arthur Kopit and additional lyrics by Susan Birkenhead. Musical direction will be by Theo Jamieson and sound design will be by Simon Baker.

Friedman said: “To stage High Society in the round at the Old Vic is a hugely exciting project providing the perfect immersive environment for a sparkling musical celebration of wedding day shenanigans. I am really looking forward to transporting audiences into the glamorous heart of this world and hope they enjoy the party.”

The Old Vic will start its season in January with a production of the Daniel Kitson-written play Tree. Kitson will star alongside Tim Key in the production, which will also be performed in the round.

Tree runs at the Old Vic from January 5 to January 31.

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