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Previewed 10 August 2006, Opened 16 August 2006, Closed 18 November 2006 at the Haymarket Theatre in London
The classic musical Seven Brides for Seven Brothers in London starring Dave Willetts and Shona Lindsay.
Set in Oregon in 1850 Seven Brides for Seven Brothers is the story of Adam, the eldest of seven brothers, who goes to town to get a wife. He convinces Milly to marry him that same day. They return to his backwoods home. Only then does she discover he has six brothers - all living in his cabin. Milly sets out to reform the uncouth siblings, who are anxious to get wives of their own. But, after reading about the Roman capture of the Sabine women, Adam develops an inspired solution to his brothers' loneliness... kidnap the women they want!
"Entertainment pure and simple" The Daily Mail
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers is a glorious romp, brimful of hand clapping effervescent energy, dazzling dance routines and sixteen smash hit showstoppers by Johnny Mercer and Gene de Paul, it perfectly integrates song, dance, and story. Featuring classic songs including Sobbin' Women, Bless your Beautiful Hide, Goin' Courtin', Wonderful Wonderful Day, Spring, Spring, Spring, Love Never Goes Away, Lonesome Polecat and We Gotta Make It Through the Winter.
"The stage brims with leaping, twirling and backward-somersaulting that is genuinely invigorating" The Guardian
The cast includes - The Brothers: Dave Willetts as 'Adam', Jay Webb as 'Gideon', Owen Woodgate as 'Caleb', Jonathon Stewart as 'Daniel', Sonny Lee Hymas as 'Ephraim', Stuart Marshall as 'Frank' and David Ball as 'Benjamin'. The Brides: Shona Lindsay as 'Milly', Natalie Langston as 'Dorcus', Jessica Punch as 'Ruth', Nikki Stokes as 'Lisa', Lucy Johnson as 'Martha', Grace Harrington as 'Sara' and Claire Louise Connolly as 'Alice'. The Suitors: Sean Hackett as 'Luke', Anthony Kirwan as 'Zeke', Adam Salter as 'Matt', Ian Goss as 'Carl', Ben Harris as 'Joel' and Ewan Jones as 'Jeb'. Along with Richard Colson as 'The Preacher', Andy Rothwellas as 'Mr Bixby', Claire Plattas as 'Mrs Bixby', Mostyn Lawrenceas as 'Mr Perkins', Victoria Gavinas as 'Mrs Perkins', James Farrar, Darren De-Biasi and Kim Harvey. It is directed by Maurice Lane with choreography by Adrian Allsopp, set designs by Charles Camm, costume designs by Natalie Cole, lighting by David Howe and sound by Glen Beckley. With book by Lawrence Kasha and David S Landsay, music by Gene de Paul and lyrics by Johnny Mercer. New songs by Al Kasha and Joel Hirshhorn. Based on the MGM film and 'The Sobbin' Women' by Stephen Vincent Benet. Originally directed on Broadway by Lawrence Kasha. This production comes into London's West End following major UK tour.
"As frontier musicals go, this certainly isn't Oklahoma! and isn't quite Annie Get Your Gun, either. But it's good-natured, boasts the jaunty and pretty score that won an Oscar. At the Haymarket it offers plenty of energetic, athletic ballet... and Adrian Allsopp's choreography is impressively bold. That can't be said for much of the acting, which has an over-the-top swagger about it... And although Shona Lindsay brings vocal sweetness and some force of character to Milly, Dave Willetts's Adam relies too much on built-in charisma and needs both to sharpen his diction and ensure that his singing voice doesn't grind like a threshing machine at climaxes." The Times
"This touring production of the musical about the seven American farmers who kidnap seven women to do their skivvying is given rose-tinted nostalgic treatment. Maurice Lane's production is a hearty, thigh-slapping, cowboy bonanza as wholesome as apple pie and packed with barnstorming choreography... The whole thing is uttterly preposterous but innocently and endearingly so." The Mail on Sunday
"Maurice Lane's production lacks the film's sharpness. But the brothers leap enthusiastically; the leads, Dave Willetts and Shona Lindsay, deal politely but firmly with Johny Mercer's songs, and this will generally make a pleasant spectacle for those partial to the sight of ripening corn." The Sunday Telegraph
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers in London at the Haymarket Theatre previewed from 10 August 2006, opened on 16 August 2006 and closed on 18 November 2006.