Robbie Fairchild Leads World Premiere Stage Adaptation of The Artist Beginning May 14 | Playbill

International News Robbie Fairchild Leads World Premiere Stage Adaptation of The Artist Beginning May 14

Drew McOnie is at the helm for the U.K. run.

Robbie Fairchild

The world premiere stage adaptation of Oscar-winning film The Artist begins at Theatre Royal Plymouth in the U.K. May 14. Performances will run through May 25, with Drew McOnie (King Kong) directing and choreographing.

Robbie Fairchild is leading the cast as silent movie icon George Valentin, the role played by Jean Dujardin on screen, alongside Gary Wilmot as Al Zimmer, Briana Craig as Peppy Miller, Alexander Bean as Clifton, Tiffany Graves as Gertie Gams, Ebony Molina as Doris Valentin, Rachel Muldoon as Constance, and Thomas Walton as Uggie. The ensemble includes Will Bozier, Matthew Caputo, Lily Laight, Deja Linton, Tyler Lotzof, Louis Mackrodt, Mark Samaras, and Daisy West.

Rounding out the company are swings Nicole Alphonce, Tim Hodges, Lukas Hunt, and Shayna McPherson. Casting is by Will Burton.

Based on the 2011 film written by Michel Hazanavicius, the stage work is co-adapted by Lindsey Ferrentino (Amy and the Orphans) and Olivier winner McOnie (King Kong). The production also features set and costume design by Christopher Oram; music, music supervision, arrangements, and orchestrations by Simon Hale; lighting design by Zoe Spurr; sound design by Simon Baker; video design by Ash J Woodward; puppetry design by Maia Kirkman-Richards, and hair and makeup design by Georgia Nosal. Isaac McCullough is music director.

The film, which won five 2012 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, is set in 1920s Hollywood and follows silent movie icon George Valentin and aspiring actor Peppy Miller. While her star is about to rise, his might just be about to flicker into insignificance with the arrival of the Talkies.

McOnie Company is producing, along with Theatre Royal Plymouth, Playful Productions, Bill Damaschke, and Stephen and Nancy Gabriel.


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