The Crown's Imelda Staunton returns to West End for new musical

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The Crown's Imelda Staunton is set to return to the West End stage for a revival of musical show Hello, Dolly!

The actor, who stars as the late Queen Elizabeth II in Netflix's historical dramatisation of the British monarchy, previously starred in the musical Gypsy in 2015 in the lead role of Rose.

Now, the star has been confirmed as having a return to the West End planned in a new production of beloved musical Hello, Dolly! directed by Dominic Cooke.

The show will see the pair reunite for the first time since their critically acclaimed production of Stephen Sondheim's Follies at the National Theatre in 2017.

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Hello, Dolly! features music and lyrics by Jerry Herman and book by Michael Stewart.

According to its official synopsis, the show follows "meddlesome socialite turned matchmaker Dolly Levi, as she travels to Yonkers, New York to find a match for the miserly, unmarried 'half-a-millionaire' Horace Vandergelder. But everything changes when she decides that the next match she needs to make is for herself."

Speaking about the production, Staunton said: "I'm delighted that we are announcing our new production of Hello, Dolly!, which is a truly joyous show. I am also thrilled to be working again with Dominic Cooke and Michael Harrison.

"Dolly Levi is one of the great characters in musical theatre, and I can't wait to join the company in bringing our new production to the iconic London Palladium."

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Further cast members include Andy Nyman, who will play Horace Vandergelder. Olivier Award winner Jenna Russell will play Irene Molloy, the hat-maker, Tyrone Huntley will play Barnaby Tucker and Harry Hepple will play Cornelius Hackl.

Registration for more information, including how to access priority booking, is open now.

The production is expected to open on July 6, 2024, at The London Palladium.

Staunton will next be seen in part one of The Crown's sixth and final season, which will release on Netflix on November 16.

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