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Alex Jennings completes The Light in the Piazza cast

The London premiere of the Tony Award-winning musical will take place this summer.

Producers of The Light in the Piazza have today confirmed that three-time Olivier Award winner Alex Jennings has joined the cast for the upcoming musical.

Completing the show’s cast, Jennings will play Signor Naccarelli, the father of dashing Italian lover Fabrizio.

Many will know Jennings for his on-screen performances in films such as The Queen, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason and The Lady in the Van.

Fans will also recognise the actor for his television roles in shows such as The Crown and A Very English Scandal. The actor was recently nominated for a BAFTA Award for his portrayal of GP Dr Tim Finch on the popular ITV crime drama Unforgotten.

Directed by multiple Olivier Award winner Daniel Evans, The Light in the Piazza will run at the Royal Festival Hall on London’s South Bank for four weeks only this summer.

The all-star cast includes Opera legend and Tony Award nominee Renee Fleming as Margaret Johnson, and Disney film and TV superstar Dove Cameron as Clara Johnson, both in their West End debuts.

Joining Renee Fleming and Dove Cameron will be 2019’s Off West End award-winner Rob Houchen as Lara’s suitor Fabrizio Naccarelli.

The role of Franca Naccarelli will be played by Celinde Schoenmaker, who has previously starred in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of The Opera.

Giuseppe Naccarelli will be played by Liam Tamne and Signora Naccarelli will be played by Marie McLaughlin.

Acclaimed actor Malcolm Sinclair will return to the London stage as Margaret’s husband and Clara’s father Roy Johnson.

Take a look at the teaser trailer below:


Set in Florence in 1953, The Light in the Piazza tells the story of Margaret Johnson and her daughter Clara who arrive into city and are entranced by its wonders – but when a fateful gust of wind whisks Clara’s hat into the hands of a local dream named Fabrizio, well, it’s amore at first sight.

This new production will be performed by Opera North’s 40-piece onstage orchestra, with staging designed by Rob Jones (RSC, Royal Opera House) for the Royal Festival Hall’s breathtaking stage. Set to be the theatre event of the summer, The Light in the Piazza promises to sweep you off your feet as it transports you to a beautiful, sun-drenched Italian piazza.

The Light in the Piazza opens at Royal Festival Hall on Friday 14 June 2019 and runs until Friday 5 July 2019.

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