Chichester Festival Theatre's acclaimed production of The Pajama Game, starring two-time Olivier winner Joanna Riding and Olivier nominee Michael Xavier, will transfer to the West End. Directed by five-time Olivier winner Sir Richard Eyre, performances are set to begin May 1, 2014. The show is scheduled to play a limited engagement through September 13 at the Shaftesbury Theatre.
Featuring a score by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross with a book by George Abbott and Richard Bissell, The Pajama Game deals with labor troubles in a pajama factory where workers' demands for a seven-and-a-half cents raise go ignored. Soon enough, love blossoms between Babe (Riding), the grievance committee head, and Sid (Xavier), the new factory superintendent.
Riding is currently in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Stephen Ward in the West End. Other credits include Carousel , My Fair Lady, Guys and Dolls, A Little Night Music and Oh! What A Lovely War. She will next be seen in the Into the Woods film. Xavier’s credits include Love Story, Into The Woods, My Fair Lady, The Phantom of The Opera, and The Sound of Music. The full cast will be announced in due course.
The Pajama Game’s creative team includes choreography by Stephen Mear, design by Tim Hatley, lighting design by Howard Harrison, sound design by Paul Groothius and music direction by Gareth Valentine.