There’s an eerie presence looming over Manderley. Experience the musical adaptation of this classic thriller, and book your tickets for Rebecca on TodayTix.
Maxim De Winter's young bride now resides in his Cornish estate, but dark secrets lurk beneath Manderley's grandeur. Resented by the housekeeper, Mrs. Danvers, the new Mrs De Winter lives in the shadow of Rebecca, the glamorous former lady of the house who died in a mysterious drowning accident.
Based on Daphne du Maurier's 1938 gothic novel of the same name, "Rebecca" premiered in Vienna in September 2006 and has since been performed in twelve countries and eight languages. Rebecca will be staged in English for the first time at the Charing Cross Theatre.
Michael Kunze (book and lyrics) and Sylvester Levay (music) are two of the most successful German-language musical theatre composers of all time. Their other works include the musicals Elisabeth, Mozart!, and Marie Antoinette.
2 Hours 15 Minutes
September 4th, 2023
November 18th, 2023
By: Michael Kunze, adapted by Christopher Hampton
Music: Sylvester Levay and Michael Kunze
Director: Alejandro Bonatto
Choreographer: Ron Howell
Set: Nicky Shaw
Lighting: David Seldes
Sound: Andy Johnson
Location: West End
Railway station: Charing Cross
Bus numbers: (Trafalgar Square / Charing Cross Station Stop K) 11, 87, 91
Rebecca features an orchestra of 18 and will be directed by Alejandro Bonatto. The Tony Award-winning playwright Christopher Hampton (Sunset Boulevard) translates the musical into English alongside Kunze.
Daphne du Maurier’s book was a bestseller, with 2.8 million copies sold between its publication in 1938 and 1965. In addition to the musical adaptation, the novel has inspired a play and multiple film adaptations, including Alfred Hitchcock's 1940 Academy Award-winning movie of the same name. A more recent film adaptation premiered on Netflix in 2020, directed by Ben Wheatley.
In 2017, Daphne du Maurier’s novel was voted the UK’s favourite book of the past 225 years in a survey conducted by the bookseller W H Smith, beating out To Kill A Mockingbird, Pride and Prejudice, and Jane Eyre.
Sylvester Levay and Michael Kunze were also the composing team behind the most successful German-language musical of all time, Elisabeth. The musical has been translated into seven languages and seen by over ten million spectators but has not yet been staged in an English-language production.
One of the show's songs, "The Power of a Woman in Love," had an English version released as a single performed by Gloria Gaynor before the Viennese premiere took place.
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