Flowers for Mrs Harris musical to make London premiere at Riverside Studios

Flowers for Mrs Harris is to make its premiere in London this autumn.

The musical is based on the novel by Paul Gallico with a book by Rachel Wagstaff and music and lyrics by Richard Taylor.

A brand new production of the show, which previously ran at the Chichester Festival Theatre in 2018, will run at Riverside Studios from 30 September – 26 November 2023.

Jenna Russell will star in the title role, joined by Hal Fowler as Albert Harris/Marquis de Chassagne, Kelly Price as Lady Dant/Madame Colbert, Annie Wensak as Violet/French Char Lady, Charlotte Kennedy as Pamela/Natasha, Nathanael Campbell as Bob/Andre, David McKechnie as Major/Monsieur Armand and Pippa Winslow as Countess/Sybill Sullivan.

The company is completed by Issy Khogali, Richard Morse, Harry Singh and Abigail Williams.

For Ada Harris, day-to-day life is spent cleaning houses. But one day when she is working for a wealthy client in Belgravia, she happens upon a Dior dress that takes her breath away.

In that magical moment, Ada has an epiphany and sets off on a journey that will change her life… From the cobbled streets of post-war London to the magical avenues of Paris and beyond, Ada transforms the lives of everyone she meets along the way, but can she let go of her past and finally let her own life blossom?

The production is directed by Bronagh Lagan with new orchestrations by Jason Carr, musical direction by Jonathan Gill and casting by Jane Deitch. It is produced by Ollie Hancock.

Jenna Russell said: “Ada Harris is a dream role in an exceptional piece by Rachel Wagstaff and Richard Taylor. I’m thrilled to be part of this amazing team, bringing Flowers For Mrs Harris to the Riverside Studios. Reading the play had a profound effect on me, and I can’t wait to see how that translates to a live experience, for the actors and audience alike.”

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About the author: Josh Darvill

Josh is Stageberry's editor with over five years of experience writing about theatre in the West End and across the UK. Prior to following his passion for musicals, he worked for more than a decade as a TV journalist.


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