Michael Crawford to Return to the West End in New British Musical The Go-Between | Playbill

News Michael Crawford to Return to the West End in New British Musical The Go-Between Michael Crawford is returning to the West End to star in the new British musical The Go-Between, adapted from L.P. Hartley's novel of the same name.

The play was first produced in British regional theatres in 2011 and is now to open in a new production, beginning performances May 27 prior to an official opening June 7, at the Apollo Theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue.

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With music and lyrics by Richard Taylor and book and lyrics by David Wood, it will star Crawford as Leo Colston, a man who can no longer hide from the memories of his past. Recollections of the gloriously hot summer of 1900 and of his days spent in Norfolk come flooding back. Spending the holidays with the family of his school friend Marcus in their luxurious country home, the young Leo finds himself acting as the go-between for the beautiful upper-class Marian and tenant-farmer Ted who are embroiled in a forbidden secret love affair. The innocent Leo gets caught up in the adult atmosphere of deceit and manipulation as he risks everything in this coming of age story. The events of that summer and the devastating effects of love denied will shape his life forever.

Crawford most famously originated the title role in The Phantom of the Opera in the West End and on Broadway, and has also appeared in other London musicals including Barnum, The Woman in White and the title role in The Wizard of Oz. His Broadway credits also include Dance of the Vampires. He is best known on TV for his role as the hapless Frank Spencer in the classic British sitcom "Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em," and his films include "Helly, Dolly!", in which he played Cornelius Hackl opposite Barbra Streisand's Dolly Levi, and "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum," in which he played Hero.

Further casting is still to be annnounced.

The production is directed by Roger Haines, and will be produced by Greene Light Stage (formerly Old Vic Productions) and Bill Kenwright. This project was originally developed by Perfect Pitch Musicals Ltd. and presented at Royal & Derngate, Northampton, Derby Live and West Yorkshire Playhouse. 

To book tickets, which are on sale through Oct. 15, contact the box office on 0330 333 4809 or visit www.TheGoBetweenMusical.com

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