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Casting for Ivor Novello musical

The cast of The Land That Might Have Been: (l-r) Audrey Brisson, George Arvidson, Kit Esuroso and Alex Knox
The cast of The Land of Might-Have-Been: (l-r) Audrey Brisson, George Arvidson, Kit Esuroso and Alex Knox

Olivier Awards nominated Audrey Brisson will lead the cast of Buxton Festival's new musical The Land Of Might-Have-Been this summer. Featuring the songs of Ivor Novello, the show is loosely based on incidents in the early life of Buxton’s pioneering feminist and pacifist Vera Brittain.

Brisson - who was Olivier-nomated in 2020 as Best Actress in a Musical for Amelie - will be joined by Alexander Knox (Merchant of Venice, Playground Theatre; Into Battle, Greenwich Theatre; The Tempest/ Henry V, Rose Theatre, York, and the film, Music, War and Love) who plays Roland Leighton, Vera’s doomed fiancée.

George Arvidson plays Vera’s brother, who flirts with death rather than face being court marshalled for his sexuality. Arvidson’s West End appearances include Les Misérables, Evita and Carousel. Kit Esuroso will play Bobby, Vera’s friend and Edward’s secret lover. He recently won Best Actor for his role in AKONI for the Australian Screen and Industry Network Awards.

The Land of Might-Have-Been, has a book and lyrics by Michael Williams. It is a co-production between Buxton International Festival and Norwich Theatre. Iain Farrington has arranged Ivor Novello’s songs - including My Dearest Dear, Waltz of My Heart, My Life Belongs To You and Why Is There Ever Goodbye - for the Northern Chamber Orchestra. The show is at Buxton Opera House July 7, 11, 15, 18 and 21 and Norwich Theatre July 25-30.

More info and tickets here


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