Hello Dolly 2024 Tickets West End
Hello, Dolly! is a musical that premiered on Broadway in 1964. It features lyrics and music by Jerry Herman and a book by Michael Stewart. The musical is based on Thornton Wilder’s 1938 farce The Merchant of Yonkers, which Wilder revised and retitled The Matchmaker in 1955. The story follows the character of Dolly Gallagher Levi, a matchmaker, as she travels to Yonkers, New York, to find a match for the miserly “well-known unmarried half-a-millionaire” Horace Vandergelder. The musical has won numerous awards, including 10 Tony Awards, and has been revived on Broadway four times. The show has also been adapted into a film and has had international success.
Hello, Dolly! Is set to be performed at the London Palladium in the West End, with Imelda Staunton in the lead role.
Broadway musical Hello, Dolly! Will return to London Palladium in Summer 2024, starring Imelda Staunton. Hurry, grab your Hello Dolly tickets today.
Award-winning stage and screen actress Imelda Staunton (Netflix’s The Crown) will star in the much-delayed and much-anticipated revival of Jerry Herman’s joyous musical Hello, Dolly! at the London Palladium in Summer 2024.
It will play at the Palladium from 6 July to 14 September 2024, for 10 weeks only.
Hello, Dolly was initially scheduled to run in 2020 for 30 weeks at the Adelphi Theatre but was delayed due to Covid, and due to Imelda Staunton’s filming commitments for her role as The Queen in Peter Morgan’s Netflix drama The Crown. The Adelphi is now housing Back to the Future so unavailable for Hello, Dolly!’s run.
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It is believed that Imelda Staunton met with Jerry Herman just before he died in December 2019, and he gave her and Dominic Cooke permission to switch around the show’s opening scenes and change one of its songs. They are adding another Jerry Herman song into the show – ‘Penny in My Pocket’, which was also inserted into the recent Broadway production starring Bette Midler.
That song is for store owner Horace Vandergelder, who will be played by Andy Nyman (Ghost Stories, Fiddler on the Roof) in the Palladium show. Nyman has long been attached to this production, as has Olivier Award winner Jenna Russell (Flowers for Mrs Harris, EastEnders), who has been confirmed as playing Irene Molloy, Harry Hepple (Follies, Romantics Anonymous) as Cornelius Hackl and Tyrone Huntley (Jesus Christ Superstar, Dreamgirls, The Book of Mormon) as Barnaby Tucker.
Previously reflecting on the role starring role of Dolly, Staunton said she hopes to bring out lead character Dolly Gallagher Levi’s Irish heritage when she brings the role to life.
The large-scale revival will have a cast of 35 and an orchestra of 18 musicians. The creative team will also include Rae Smith – Set and costume Designer; Bill Deamer – Choreographer; Jon Clark – Lighting Designer; Paul Groothuis – Sound Designer; Finn Ross – Video Designer; and Nick Skilbeck – Musical Supervisor.
Matchmaker Dolly Levi travels to Yonkers to find a partner for “half-a-millionaire” Horace Vandergelder, convincing his niece, his niece’s intended, and his two clerks to travel to New York City along the way.
In 1890, all of New York City was excited because the well-known widowed matchmaker Dolly Levi was in town. Dolly is currently seeking a wife for grumpy Horace Vandergelder, the well-known “half-a-millionaire”, but it soon becomes clear that she intends to marry Horace herself. Meanwhile, Ambrose Kemper, a young artist, wants to marry Horace’s niece, Ermengarde.
However, Horace opposes this, feeling Ambrose cannot provide financial security. Horace, who is the owner of Vandergelder’s Hay and Feed, explains to his two clerks, Cornelius Hackl and Barnaby Tucker, that he is going to get married, though what he wants is a housekeeper. He plans to travel to New York that very day to march in the 14th Street Parade, and also to propose to milliner Irene Molloy, whom he has met through Dolly Levi. Dolly arrives in Yonkers and sends Horace ahead to the city. Before leaving, he tells Cornelius and Barnaby to mind the store.
Featuring music and lyrics by Jerry Herman and a book by Michael Stewart, the much-loved musical centres on widower Dolly Gallagher Levi – an esteemed and strong-willed matchmaker to New York’s great and good, who suddenly decides to match herself with shopkeeper Horace Vandergelder.
Hello, Dolly! originally premiered in the West End at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane in 1965 starring Mary Martin as Dolly. The show ran again in 1979 at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, and then at the Shaftesbury Theatre, starring Carol Channing; and at the Prince of Wales Theatre in 1984 starring Danny La Rue. In 2009 Samantha Spiro played Dolly at the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre.
Hello, Dolly! is produced by Michael Harrison (Sunset Boulevard, The Little Big Things, Starlight Express, Crazy For You), Gavin Kalin, Jonathan Church Theatre Productions and Crossroads Live.