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‘Rebecca’, by Michael Kunze and Sylvester Levay, two of the most successful German-language musical theatre composers, had its world premiere at the VBW-theatre Raimund Theater in Vienna, Austria, in September 2006, where it went on to play to sold-out houses in three seasons, and where it is currently enjoying a successful revival. Rebecca, with an orchestra of 18, will be directed by Alejandro Bonatto (director of the critically acclaimed production of Donizetti’s ‘Rita’ and the upcoming production of Francis Poulanc and Jean Cocteau’s ‘The Human Voice’ at Charing Cross Theatre later this month).
It has a new English translation by Christopher Hampton (two-time Tony Award winner Best Score & Best Book for ‘Sunset Boulevard’ and Oscar winner for Best Adapted Screenplay ‘Dangerous Liaisons’ & ‘The Father’) and Michael Kunze. Rebecca, with 22 original songs, is a gripping thriller full of intrigue and surprises that sticks closely to the original novel. Wealthy Maxim De Winter brings his naïve new wife home to his Cornish estate, Manderley, where the manipulative housekeeper, Mrs. Danvers, resents the new wife’s intrusion.
She persuades her that she is an unworthy replacement for the first Mrs. De Winter, the glamorous and mysterious Rebecca, who perished in a drowning accident, with tragic results... The world-famous novel was also turned into a celebrated Alfred Hitchcock film in 1940, starring Laurence Olivier, Joan Fontaine, Judith Anderson, George Sanders and Gladys Cooper. It was nominated for 11 Oscars, winning two awards; Best Picture and Best Cinematography. Cast to be announced.
Age restrictionThis production is recommended for ages 12+.
Running time2 hours 15 minutes (including interval)
Performance dates4 September - 18 November 2023
Please note, this venue has a strict no latecomers policy. Absolutely no latecomers will be admitted, and no refunds or exchanges will be allowed in the event of being refused admission due to latecoming.
Venue InformationCharing Cross TheatreThe Arches, Villiers Street, London, WC2N 6NG
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New production images released for Rebecca
New production images have been released ahead of Rebecca’s opening night, and they are as hauntingly beautiful as the gothic story itself. The hotly anticipated English translation of the sell-out German musical will be haunting the Charring Cross Theatre from tonight, but that doesn’t mean you have to wait until the evening draws in to see a glimpse of this chilling production…
Based on Daphne Du Maurier’s 1938 novel, the musical features 22 original songs performed by an 18-piece orchestra and has already thrilled more than two million people across 12 countries since it’s 2006 Austrian premiere. Now England has finally been added to the ever-expanding list, and we cannot wait! So, to bide our time before the curtain opens we will be obsessing over these pictures.
16 Sep, 2023 | By Sian McBride
NEW MUSICAL: Rebecca at The Shaftesbury Theatre
Austrian musical theatre producers VBW Theater have confirmed that REBECCA will make its London debut in spring 2011 at the Shaftesbury Theatre, London.
26 Nov, 2010 | By London Theatre Direct