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13th July - 14th September



Tuesday - Saturday 8pm
Saturday & Sunday 3:30pm

No matinees on  Saturday 13th July, Sunday 14th July, Sunday 21st July & 28th July

Additional performances on  Monday 15th & 22nd July at 8pm

Press Night on Tuesday 23rd July

Running time

2 hours 45 minutes with one interval


Edward Baker-Duly

Georgia Brown

Maddison Bulleyment

Shanay Holmes

Gillian Kirkpatrick

Paul F Monaghan

David Perkins

Dale Rapley

Jenna Russell


Book by
Marsha Norman

Music & Lyrics by
Jason Robert Brown

Based on the novel by
Robert James Waller

Trevor Nunn

Set & Costume Design
Jon Bausor

Video Design
Tal Rosner

Lighting Design
Tim Lutkin

Sound Design
Gregory Clarke

Lynne Page

Musical Supervision/Direction
Tom Murray

Jason Robert Brown

Produced in association with
Michael Harrison & David Ian




The Chocolate Factory is pleased to present the UK premier of the musical version of the best-selling novel by Robert James Waller and subsequent motion picture directed by Clint Eastwood.

Francesca is an Italian immigrant housewife living a happy existence on a farm in the American Midwest. However, when her family go off to the State Fair, she meets Robert Kincaid, a National Geographic photographer on assignment filming bridges in the area. Their initial friendship develops into a brief but passionate affair which has devastating consequences on all of their lives.

Edward Baker-Duly last appeared at the Chocolate Factory in Rookery Nook.  His other theatre credits include The King and I (Broadway and Palladium), South Pacific (National Theatre), Kiss Me Kate (Sheffield Crucible), Peter and the Starcatcher (Off-Broadway), The Wizard of Oz (Palladium), Gone With the Wind (New London) and West Side Story (Prince of Wales).

Shanay Holmes' theatre credits include Rachel Marron in The Bodyguard (Adelphi), Jesus Christ Superstar (Open Air Theatre, Regent’s Park), Thriller (Lyric), Close to You - Bacharach Re-imagined (Criterion) and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Kilworth House).

Gillian Kirkpatrick's theatre credits include Sweeney Todd (Chichester and Adelphi), Blood Brothers (Phoenix), Billy Elliot (Victoria Palace), Spring Awakening (Hope Mill), Sunny Afternoon (Pinter), American Psycho (Almeida), Into the Woods (Royal Opera House), The Rink (Orange Tree) and for Opera North: Paradise Moscow and Sweeney Todd.

Paul F Monaghan has just appeared in Man of La Mancha at the Coliseum.  Other credits include: Cats (Palladium and UK tour), Les Misérables (Palace and 10th Anniversary Concert), The Phantom of the Opera (Her Majesty’s), La Cage aux Folles (UK tour) and A Man of No Importance (Arts).

Dale Rapley’s theatre credits include: Mamma Mia! (Prince Edward), Richard III and Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare’s Rose, York), The Addams Family (UK tour), Wicked (UK tour), The Merchant of Venice (Shakespeare’s Globe), Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (Playhouse), King John (Rose Theatre, Kingston) and A Midsummer Night’s Dream and High Society (both at the Open Air Theatre, Regent’s Park).

Jenna Russell has appeared in the Menier Chocolate Factory productions of Sunday in the Park with George (West End and Broadway; Olivier Award for Best Actress and Tony nomination) and Merrily We Roll Along (Olivier nomination); most recent theatre credits include Fun Home (Young Vic); Di and Viv and Rose (Vaudeville), Grey Gardens (Southwark Playhouse), Season’s Greetings (National), Into the Woods (Regent’s Park) and Guys and Dolls (Piccadilly; Olivier nomination). On television she has been a regular on EastEnders, Minder, Born and Bred and Picking Up the Pieces.

They are joined by Georgia Brown, Maddison Bulleyment
& David Perkins.




Tuesday - Saturday 8pm
Saturday & Sunday 3:30pm

No matinees on Saturday 13th July, Sunday 14th July, Sunday 21st July & 28th July

Additional performances on Monday 15th & 22nd July at 8pm

Press Night on Tuesday 23rd July




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