We chat to the star behind music and lyrics as the hit musical prepares to transfer.
Following it’s current sell-out run at London’s The Other Palace and based on the ‘80s cult classic movie, Heathers the Musical will transfer to Theatre Royal Haymarket in the West End from Monday 3 September 2018.
Heathers is back in class with brand new songs, new material and new classmates. Produced by Bill Kenwright and Paul Taylor Mills – who co-produced the award-winning Carrie in 2015 – Heathers the Musical is based on one of the greatest teen films of all time, the 1988 classic starred Winona Ryder and Christian Slater.
This hit musical adaptation has already enjoyed successful runs in Los Angeles and New York, and has been celebrated during its limited run at London’s The Other Palace.
West End star Carrie Hope Fletcher, who plays the role of Veronica Sawyer, is joined by Jodie Steele (Myth, Wicked (UK and International Tour)) as Heather Chandler, Sophie Isaacs (The Rocky Horror Show (EU tour), Grease) as Heather McNamara and T’Shan Williams (Caroline Or Change, Guys & Dolls) as Heather Duke.
Jamie Muscato (Big Fish, Lazarus) takes on the role of teen rebel Jason Dean, or JD.
The leading cast are joined by Chris Chung as Kurt Kelly, Dominic Anderson as Ram Sweeney, Jenny O’Leary as Martha Dunnstock and Rebecca Lock as Mrs Flemming.
We caught up with the show’s leads at The Other Palace to find out more about the musical:
When announcing the musical’s original London run, writers Laurence O’Keefe and Kevin Murphy and director Andy Fickman said: “After the incredibly warm reception our workshop received at The Other Palace last year, we are hugely grateful to Bill, The Other Palace, and Paul for affording us a once in a lifetime opportunity to refine the book, add new songs, and re-imagine the staging for this show which has been such an extraordinary labor of love for us.”
Carrie Hope Fletcher joined the cast as Veronica Sawyer fresh from winning the WhatsOnStage Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her stint as Wednesday Addams in The Addams Family (UK Tour). Carrie previously played Éponine in Les Misérables in the West End for three years. She has also released her debut album When the Curtain Falls.
This twisted tale of teen drama, friendship and deadly obsession takes audiences into the matriculations of Westerberg High, where popularity is so very a matter of life and death, and Veronica is just another of the nobodies dreaming of a better day.
Heathers The Musical features brand new material written exclusively for this production, with direction by Andy Fickman and choreography by Gary Lloyd.
Heathers The Musical opens at London’s Theatre Royal Haymarket in the West End from Monday 3 September 2018 for twelve weeks only. Ticket are on sale now through Ticketmaster.co.uk.