U.K. musical theatre veteran Dave Willetts (The Phantom of the Opera, Cats, Ragtime) will share the role of Sir George Dillingham with Michael Ball in the forthcoming London revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Aspects of Love, beginning previews May 13 prior to an official opening May 25 at the Lyric Theatre.
Beginning May 29, Willetts will play the role of George every Monday with Ball playing all other performances.
As previously reported, Ball, who starred in the 1989 London world premiere of Aspects as well as the subsequent Broadway staging, will be joined by Jamie Bogyo—who made his professional theatre debut as Christian in the West End production of Moulin Rouge! The Musical—as Alex, the role that Ball originated. Olivier nominee Laura Pitt-Pulford (Seven Brides for Seven Brothers) will be Rose, Anna Unwin will play Jenny, and internationally renowned soprano Danielle de Niese will be Giulietta.
The cast will also include Rosemary Ashe as Elizabeth, Vinny Coyle as Hugo, Dickon Gough as Barker, Ben Heathcote as Co-Barker, and Michael Matus as Marcel with Soophia Foroughi as the Alternate Giulietta, and Indiana Ashworth, Millie Gubby, and Katie Mitton sharing the role of Young Jenny. Ensemble members include Anthony Cable, Chumisa Dornford-May, Joanna O'Hare, and Linda Jarvis plus on stage swings Eu Jin Hwang, Daniel Jagusz-Holley, and Natasha O’Brien.
Based on the novel by David Garnet, Aspects of Love has music by Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Don Black and Charles Hart. The musical, a story of passion, love, life and loss in post-war France and Italy, follows three generations of the Dillingham family spanning 17 years.
In the years since its premiere, a number of productions have been staged, mostly abroad, making revisions to the musical, including a 2007 U.K. tour, a 2010 London revival at the Menier Chocolate Factory, and a 2018 U.K. revival at Hope Mill Theatre in Manchester. Lloyd Webber compiled a "Definitive Script" in 2014, comprising elements of the various revisions of the work. Kent's revival will reimagine the musical as a chamber work.
The revival will feature new musical arrangements by Tom Kelly based on original orchestrations by David Cullen and Lloyd Webber with set and costume design by John McFarlane, lighting design by Jon Clark, sound design by Paul Groothius, video design by Douglas O’Connell, choreography by Denni Sayers, musical supervision by Nicholas Skilbeck, and musical direction by Cat Beverbridge.
Performances are currently scheduled through November 11.