The Heywire Partnership, Michael Harrison and Theatre Royal Bath Productions present
the World Premiere of
MRS HENDERSON PRESENTS
Theatre Royal Bath
14th August – 5th September 2015
Book and direction by Terry Johnson
Lyrics by Don Black and Music by George Fenton and Simon Chamberlain
Based on the motion picture original screenplay by Martin Sherman produced by Heyman Hoskins and Pathé
For the show to go on the clothes must come off!
MRS HENDERSON PRESENTS, the brand new musical based on the film starring Judi Dench and Bob Hoskins, will have its world premiere prior to the West End as part of Theatre Royal Bath’s Summer Season 2015.
It’s London, 1937, and recently-widowed eccentric, Laura Henderson, is looking for a way of spending her time and money when her attention falls on a run-down former cinema in Great Windmill Street. Hiring feisty impresario Vivian Van Damm to look after the newly renovated Windmill Theatre, the improbable duo present a bill of non-stop variety acts. But as war looms something more is required to boost morale and box office… When Mrs Henderson comes up with the idea of The Windmill Girls – glamorous young women posing as nude statues – audiences flock. And as the Blitz hits London, The Windmill provides a refuge for all, boasting the spirit-raising slogan “We Never Close”.
Terry Johnson’s many West End productions as director and/or writer include One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, Hitchcock Blonde, Entertaining Mr Sloane, The Graduate, Dead Funny, Hysteria, Elton John’s Glasses and The Memory of Water. He won the 2010 Tony Award for Best Director of a Musical for La Cage aux Folles.
Don Black’s stage musicals include Billy, Tell Me on a Sunday, Aspects of Love and Stephen Ward and he won two Tony Awards for Sunset Boulevard. Film lyrics include ‘Diamonds are Forever’, ‘Born Free’ and ‘The Italian Job’. Among his many popular hit songs are Michael Jackson’s ‘Ben’ and Lulu’s ‘To Sir With Love’, both of which were U.S. number one hits.
George Fenton has composed numerous film scores including for the original film of ‘Mrs Henderson Presents’, ‘Gandhi’, ‘Cry Freedom’, ‘Dangerous Liaisons’, ‘The Wind that Shakes the Barley’ and ‘Memphis Belle’; and music for television series including ‘The Jewel in the Crown’, ‘The Blue Planet’ and ‘Planet Earth’.
Simon Chamberlain was the original Music Director on the film ‘Mrs Henderson Presents’.