About the showThis new play written by James Philips delves into the world of Britain’s most iconic fashion designer and imagines a meeting between McQueen and a mysterious fan. The play which seeks to recreate the haunting fairy tale atmosphere of McQueen’s runway shows tells the story of a girl who has been hiding in a tree outside Alexander McQueen’s house for eleven nights secretly watching him. She takes a chance and attempts to steal a dress she could never buy herself, when she is caught rather than turn her over to the police McQueen lets her stay and they embark on a night out.
The production broke box office records when it premiered at the St James Theatre earlier this year. The show has since been refined with some scenes rewritten for the transfer.
The play is inspired by an Alexander McQueen quote, the designer famously said “I’ve got a 600-year-old elm tree in my garden. I made up a story: a girl lives in it and comes out of the darkness to meet a prince and becomes a queen”.
Award winning actor Stephen Wright who is best known for his role is role in BBC comedy Bluestone 42 will reprise his role as the eponymous designer for which he received wide critical acclaim.
Dianna Argon famed for playing cheerleader Quin Fabray in the hit American TV show Glee, made her British stage debut in the role of Dahlia which will now be played by Carly Bawden in the West End transfer. Bawden has been seen recently starring in the Menier Chocolate Factory’s production of Assassins. Tracy-Ann Oberman and Laura Rees reprise their roles as Isabella Blow and Arabella respectively.
Alexander McQueen remains one of Britain’s most celebrated designers following his tragic death in 2010. He was awarded the British designer of the year Award four times and also earned an Award for international designer of the year. Known for his fine tailoring gothic inspired creations and theatrical runway shows he changed the face of fashion forever. A retrospective of the designers work is currently being shown at the Victoria and Albert museum.
James Philips other credits as a writer include The Rubenstein Kiss, The White Whale and City Stories.
McQueen is directed by Honorary Associate Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company John Caird. The show features a design by David Farley and choreography by Christopher Marney.
McQueen opened at the Theatre Royal Haymarket on the 13th of August 2015 and play until November the 7th 2015.