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Tracie Bennett to star in UK revival of Mame as part of Hope Mill Theatre season

Tracie Bennett
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Tracie Bennett is to star in the first UK revival of musical Mame as part of the Hope Mill Theatre in Manchester’s new season.

The season also includes a new version of Stephen Schwartz musical Rags and the world premiere of a new musical based on the characters of Charles Dickens.

Mame, which has a book by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee and music and lyrics by Jerry Herman, runs from September 27 to November 9, 2019, with press night on October 3.

The musical, which is set in New York during the Great Depression and Second World War, has not been seen in the UK since its original West End production in 1969. It will be directed by Nick Winston.

Rags, which has a book by Joseph Stein, lyrics by Schwartz and music by Charles Strouse, will run from March 2 to April 6, with press night on March 7. The musical tells the story of Russian immigrant Rebecca’s journey to America.

It is directed by Bronagh Lagan and produced in association with Matthew Hopton of Knockhardy Productions.

Schwartz said: “The show feels more timely than it ever has been, and my co-authors and I are enthusiastic about all the improvements we have made and excited to be sharing the show with the Manchester audience.”

New musical The Astonishing Times of Timothy Cratchit, inspired by the characters of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, completes the season.

The production, which has a book by Allan Knee and music and lyrics by Andre Catrini, runs from November 22 to December 29, 2019, with press night on November 27.

Jonathan O’Boyle directs The Astonishing Times of Timothy Cratchit, which is produced in association with Jana Robbins, Craig Haffner and Sherry Wright.

The season is produced by Katy Lipson of Aria Entertainment and Joseph Houston and William Whelton of Hope Mill Theatre, for Hope Aria Productions.

Lipson said: “We are extremely excited to enter our third year as a producing venue with three incredible musicals, which we hope will cement us as a leading regional theatre in the UK landscape.”

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