Tuesday, September 26

First look at the stars of the English language premiere of ‘Rebecca’ at Charing Cross Theatre

Richard Carson, Lauren Jones and Kara Lane head the cast for the eagerly anticipated English language premiere of the critically acclaimed musical ‘Rebecca’.

Based on Daphne Du Maurier’s 1938 novel, by Michael Kunze and Sylvester Levay, two of the most successful German-language musical theatre creators, ‘Rebecca’ has already captivated more than two million people worldwide in hugely successful productions in 12 countries and eight languages.

‘Rebecca’ had its world premiere at VBW’s Raimund Theater in Vienna, Austria, in September 2006, where it went on to play to sold-out houses in three seasons, and where it is currently enjoying a hugely successful revival.

The rest of the cast are: Alex James-Ward, Piers Bate, Sarah Harlington, David Breeds, Amanda Minihan, Neil Moors, Nicholas Lumley, Nigel-Joseph Francis, Elliot Swann, Scott McClure, Emily Apps, Melanie Bright, Gail MacKinnon, Tarisha Rommick, James Mateo-Salt, Rosie Glossop.

Rebecca, with an orchestra of 18, will be directed by Alejandro Bonatto (director of the critically acclaimed production of Donizetti’s ‘Rita’ and Francis Poulanc and Jean Cocteau’s ‘The Human Voice’ at Charing Cross Theatre).

Richard Carson as Maxim de Winter Lauren Jones as Second Mrs de Winter – Photo Michael Wharley

It has a new English translation by Christopher Hampton (two-time Tony Award winner Best Score & Best Book for ‘Sunset Boulevard’ and Oscar winner for Best Adapted Screenplay ‘Dangerous Liaisons’ & ‘The Father’) and Michael Kunze.

Featuring 22 original songs, Rebecca is a gripping thriller full of intrigue and surprises that sticks closely to the original novel. Wealthy Maxim de Winter brings his naïve new wife home to his Cornish estate, Manderley, where the manipulative housekeeper, Mrs. Danvers, resents the new wife’s intrusion. She persuades her that she is an unworthy replacement for the first Mrs de Winter, the glamorous and mysterious Rebecca, who perished in a drowning accident, with tragic results…

The world-famous novel was also turned into a celebrated Alfred Hitchcock film in 1940, starring Laurence Olivier, Joan Fontaine, Judith Anderson, George Sanders and Gladys Cooper. It was nominated for 11 Oscars, winning two awards; Best Picture and Best Cinematography. Rebecca was recently filmed again by Netflix starring Lily James, Armie Hammer, Kristin Scott Thomas and Keeley Hawes.

Creative team

Director Alejandro Bonatto

Choreographer Ron Howell

Musical Supervisor/Conductor Robert Scott

Production Designer Nicky Shaw

Lighting Designer David Seldes

Sound Designer Andrew Johnson

Projection Designer Matt Powell

Costume Supervisor Jess Richardson-Smith

Casting Stephen Crockett/Grindrod Burton Casting

Produced by Steven M. Levy for Charing Cross Theatre Productions Limited


Steven M. Levy for Charing Cross Theatre Productions

Limited presents

The UK premiere of


A musical by Michael Kunze & Sylvester Levay

Based on the Novel by Daphne du Maurier

Original Book and Lyrics: Michael Kunze

Music and Orchestrations: Sylvester Levay

English Book Adaptation by Christopher Hampton

English Lyrics by Christopher Hampton

and Michael Kunze

Charing Cross Theatre

The Arches

Villiers Street

London WC2N 6NL


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4th September to 18th November 2023

Photo: Michael Wharley


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