Can you hear the sleigh bells yet? The stage adaptation of the beloved holiday musical White Christmas will play the West End’s Dominion Theatre this winter. Performances will begin on November 8 prior to a November 12 opening. Aled Jones and Olivier nominee Tom Chambers will star as Bob Wallace and Phil Davis, respectively. Under the direction of Morgan Young, the tuner that features Irving Berlin’s iconic score and a book by David Ives and Paul Blake, is set to run through January 3.
Jones is known for his fame as a choirboy and his 1985 cover of “Walking in the Air.” Chambers most recently appeared in the West End in Top Hat, for which he received an Olivier Award nomination. Both competed in the BBC series Strictly Come Dancing (which Chambers won in the sixth season). Joining Jones and Chambers in the cast are Wendi Peters as Martha, Graham Cole as General Waverley, Rachel Stanley as Betty Haynes and Louise Bowden as Judy Haynes.
Based on the popular 1954 film starring Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye, White Christmas tells the tale of two famous song-and-dance men (Jones and Chambers) who stage a show in a scenic, snow-topped Vermont inn — and end up finding love with two singing sisters (Stanley and Bowden) under the mistletoe. The show originally opened on Broadway on November 23, 2008 at the Marquis Theatre and returned for a second holiday engagement in 2009.
The West End engagement will feature choreography by Randy Skinner with Helen Rymer as the UK associate choreographer, sets by Anna Louizos, costumes by Carrie Robbins, lighting by Ken Billington and sound by Clem Rawling.