Wednesday, 29 May 2013

High Society (musical theatre)

A big musical is usually a surefire hit for summer audiences and this June, the Cole Porter classic High Society is coming to the Congress Theatre for a week as part of its nationwide tour. The story began life as a play - The Philadelphia Story by Philip Barry - before becoming the famous 1956 film that starred Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly and Frank Sinatra. Perhaps surprisingly, the film musical wasn't adapted for the stage until some forty years later.

The Eastbourne show will star 'local boy' Michael Praed as Dexter Haven. I think Praed was last here playing opposite Connie Fisher in The Sound Of Music a couple of years ago. Also in the cast are Teddy Kempner, Sophie Bould and Daniel Boys, and the show has been directed by Anna Linstrum.

Wealthy socialite Tracy Lord is in the midst of planning a lavish summer wedding when her ex-husband Dexter Haven turns up to disrupt the proceedings. He hopes to tempt her away from her rather bland fiance and win her band. A further twist arrives in the form of charming reporter Mike Connor who falls instantly for Tracy, and she for him. As the day of the wedding draws closer we’re left guessing which groom the bride will choose!

Congress Theatre, Tue 18th to Sat 22nd Jun, 19:30.
Thu and Sat matinees, 14:30.
Tickets various prices, available online, by calling 01323 412000, or in person at the Box Office and the Tourist Information Office.