Hollywood’s golden age to light up Royal & Derngate

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The glories of Hollywood’s golden age will be brought to the Royal & Derngate this week when Cole Porter’s musical High Society is performed.

Adapted from the hit 1956 film starring screen legends Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly and Frank Sinatra, High Society fizzes with a host of beautiful ballads including True Love, You’re Sensational and Well, Did you Evah!

Wealthy socialite Tracy Lord (played by Sophie Bould) is in the middle of planning a lavish summer wedding when her ex-husband, jazz musician Dexter Haven, arrives to disrupt the proceedings in an attempt to win her back.

In a further twist, charming reporter Mike Connor, sent to cover the wedding, falls in love with Tracy, and she with him. As the nuptials draw closer, Tracy must choose between her three very different suitors.

The role of Haven, played by Bing Crosby in the movie, is taken by Michael Praed, star of Robin of Sherwood and The Secret Adventures of Jules Verne.

Daniel Boys, of Any Dream Will Do fame, plays Mike Connor, and Marilyn Cutts plays Tracy’s mother Margaret Lord.

The cast also includes West End favourites Teddy Kempner, Craig Pinder, Kieron Crook and Alex Young.

The Royal & Derngate will be staging a themed evening of vintage Hollywood glamour for the show’s first night in Northampton on Tuesday, April 9, when audiences are encouraged to look their most de-lovely for the red carpet.

High Society will run at the Royal & Derngate until Saturday, April 13, with evening performances at 7.30pm and matinees on the Wednesday and Saturday at 2.30pm.

Tickets cost from £14 to £34.50. Ring the box office on 01604 624811.