Julian Clary to star in Le Grand Mort
Monday 12 June 2017
London West End - New shows
Julian Clary is to star in the world première of Le Grand Mort, specially written for him by Olivier Award nominated Stephen Clark - at Trafalgar Studios from 20 September 2017.
Photo: Julian Clary
Julian Clary is to star in the world première of Le Grand Mort.
This black comedy was specially written for Mr Clary by four-time Olivier Award nominated writer Stephen Clark (Martin Guerre, Zorro, Love Story, and the play Stripped, which won him a Stephen Jefferson Award), who sadly died at the age of 55 last October.
The show will be directed by Christopher Renshaw, and will be at Trafalgar Studios 2 from Wednesday 20 September to Saturday 28 October 2017, with its press night on 25 September.
In his super stylish, sterilely beautiful Notting Hill kitchen, Michael is preparing dinner for two.
As he meticulously cuts the vegetables with almost a surgeon's precision, he talks, with knife-like wit, about cases in history where the human body has continued to prove useful even after death.
As he slices and chops, one wonders who is coming for dinner and what the main course might be.
When Tim, his young guest arrives, they engage in a series of funny, thrilling but searingly dangerous mind games, as they try to unravel the reasons why they are both there.
Only when the games turn deadly do they catch a glimpse of the sadness and loss within each of them, that enables them to at least begin to connect with the truth, using whatever damaged shreds of humanity they still have left.
Starring Julian Clary
(Further casting to be announced)
Director - Christopher Renshaw
Production Designer - Justin Nardella
Lighting Designer - Jamie Platt
Producer & Casting Director - Danielle Tarento
About Julian Clary
Julian Clary is a comedian, entertainer and author, who has toured across the world with his one-man shows.
He became a household name in the late 1980s, and remains one of the country's most popular entertainers.
Mr Clary has appeared on numerous popular TV shows including Sticky Moments, Terry and Julian, Strictly Come Dancing, QI, Have I Got News For You and Celebrity Big Brother, which he won in 2012.
He also hosted his own natural history series, Nature Nuts, for ITV and paid tribute to the life and works of his idol Noël Coward for Sky Arts' Passions series.
Mr Clary has starred in West End productions of Taboo, Olivier Award-winning Cabaret and Cinderella at the London Palladium, which broke box office records.
In 2016, he extended his critically acclaimed UK tour, The Joy of Mincing, and this year published the third instalment of his hugely successful children's book series, The Bolds.
About Stephen Clark (playwright)
Stephen Clark was an award winning playwright, librettist and lyricist.
His play Stripped won a Jefferson Award in Chicago 2003 (Circle Theatre).
Other plays include Takeaway (Lyric Hammersmith and national tour) and Making Waves at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough.
Stephen became involved with music theatre after studying with Stephen Sondheim at Oxford University in 1991.
His first musical, Eyam, was produced at the Old Fire Station and The Bridewell.
Mr Clark went on to receive an Olivier Award for his lyrics for the re-worked version of Martin Guerre for Cameron Mackintosh, which then toured Britain and North America.
Other work includes Forbidden City (Esplanade Theatre, Singapore) and The Far Pavilions (The Shaftsbury Theatre, London).
He adapted the libretto of La Traviata for ENO's new production in 2006.
Stephen's music theatre adaptation of The Mahabharata, music by Nitin Sawhney, opened in 2007 at Sadler's Wells Theatre, London, and toured Britain.
He wrote the book and lyrics for Zorro (UK tour, The Garrick, London and the Folies Bergère, Paris - now also Brazil, Tokyo, Moscow, Israel, Holland, South Korea, Atlanta, Poland, Czech Republic. Israel, China).
Mr Clark wrote the book and lyrics for Love Story, music by Howard Goodall, which opened at Chichester in 2010 and opened in the West End in December 2010.
Love Story was nominated for an Olivier Award for Best Musical.
This was Stephen's 4th Olivier Award nomination for that category.
Most recently, he was co-writer of the book and lyrics of Carmen La Cubana, a version of Carmen Jones, set in Cuba, which opened to critical acclaim at Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris in April 2016.
About the director - Christopher Renshaw
Mr Renshaw began his career in the 1970s directing opera at Royal Opera House.
His acclaimed production of The King And I began in Australia, was mounted on Broadway, where it won four Tony Awards and then came to the West End, starring Elaine Paige.
He directed We Will Rock You, which ran at the Dominion Theatre for 12 years.
In 2002, he co-conceived and directed the world première of Taboo, the Boy George musical in London.
It later transferred to Broadway and was revived back in London in 2012, co-produced by Danielle Tarento.
His production of The Gipsy King's Zorro, with book by Stephen Clark, has been seen in London, Amsterdam, Moscow, Tokyo, Paris and the US.
Again with producer Danielle Tarento, he co-conceived and directed Pure Imagination, The Songs of Leslie Bricusse at St James Theatre in 2015.
Last year, Mr Renshaw's Carmen La Cubana played at the Theatre du Châtelet in Paris.
Developed in Havana, inspired by Hammerstein's Carmen Jones, it embarks next year on a world tour.
Trafalgar Studios 2
Wednesday 20 September - Saturday 28 October
Monday to Saturday at 7.45pm
Thursday and Saturday matinee at 3.00pm
Press Night - Monday 25 September at 7.00pm
£25-00 - £40-00