Hello, Dolly! with Imelda Staunton to open in West End in 2024

Hello, Dolly! with Imelda Staunton poster

Imelda Staunton will lead a new production of Hello, Dolly! in London’s West End in 2024.

The show will run at the London Palladium from 6 July – 14 September 2024. You can sign up for get tickets here.

Joining Imelda Staunton on the cast are Andy Nyman as Horace Vandergelder, Jenna Russell as Irene Molloy, Tyrone Huntley as Barnaby Tucker, Harry Hepple as Cornelius Hackl and Emily Lane as Minnie Fay.

Completing the full company are Leo Abad, Craig Armstrong, Lindsay Atherton, Gemma Atkins, Alan Bradshaw, Jabari Braham, Kevin Brewis, Jenni Bowden, Daisy Boyles, Samara Casteallo, Olly Christopher, Brendan Cull, Hayley Diamond, Jacqueline Hughes, Ashlee Irish, Jodie Jacobs, Shirley Jameson, Paul Kemble, Emily Langham, Michael Lin, Amira Matthews, Laura Medforth, Matt Overfield, Tom Partridge, Wendy-Lee Purdy, Edwin Ray, Phil Snowden, Kraig Thornber, Gavin Wilkinson and Liam Wrate.

The revival was originally due to run at the Adelphi Theatre in 2020 before being indefinitely postponed due to the pandemic.

Dominic Cooke will direct, having previously worked with Staunton on the National Theatre’s 2017 production of Follies.

Meddlesome socialite turned matchmaker Dolly Levi travels to Yonkers, New York to find a match for the miserly, unmarried ‘half-a-millionaire’ Horace Vandergelder, but everything changes when she decides that the next match she needs to make is for herself.

The timeless score includes ‘Put On Your Sunday Clothes’, ‘Ribbons Down My Back’, ‘Before the Parade Passes By’, ‘Elegance’, ‘It Only Takes a Moment’ and of course, ‘Hello, Dolly!’

Speaking previously about the production plans, Imelda Staunton said: “I am so excited to be working again with Dominic Cooke, Michael Harrison and David Ian, and we all can’t wait to bring Hello, Dolly! — which is a truly joyous show — back to the West End after all these years.”

Hello, Dolly! debuted on Broadway in the 1960s, featuring a book by Michael Stewart with music & lyrics by Jerry Herman.

Based on Thornton Wilder’s play The Matchmaker, the musical follows socialite-turned-matchmaker Dolly Levi in her quest to find love for those around her as well as herself.

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.