The previously announced stage adaptation of the Oscar-winning film The Artist has set dates for a world premiere at Theatre Royal Plymouth, with performances slated to begin May 11, 2024, and continue through May 25. Based on the 2011 film written by Michel Hazanavicius, the stage work is co-adapted by Lindsey Ferrentino (Amy and the Orphans) and Olivier winner Drew McOnie (King Kong). McOnie will direct and choreograph.
The project has also newly announced a creative team for the production, which will include set and costume design by Christopher Oram, music by Simon Hale, lighting design by Zoe Spurr, sound design by Simon Baker, video design by Ash J Woodward, and puppetry design by Maia Kirkman-Richards. Casting, which is to be announced, is by Will Burton. Chris Poon is music director, with Ebony Molina serving as associate director and choreographer.
The film, which won five 2012 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, is set in 1920s Hollywood and follows silent movie icon George Valentin and aspiring actor Peppy Miller. While her star is about to rise, his might just be about to flicker into insignificance with the arrival of the Talkies.
McOnie Company is producing, along with Theatre Royal Plymouth, Playful Productions, Bill Damaschke, Stephen and Nacy Gabriel, and Underbelly.