Everything you need to know about White Christmas

By | Posted on 21-Mar-2019

Everything you need to know about White Christmas

White Christmas has now closed at the Dominion Theatre. Why not check out shows opening at the Dominion Theatre here. 

Returning to the West End this Christmas, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas is sure to be a festive, feel-good seasonal show that’s fun for the family. Based on the movie of the same name, it’s packed with Christmas spirit, as well as a nostalgic warmth that’s guaranteed to comfort any audience member. Take a look at the storyline, the cast and creative team and see what’s in store for this Yuletide production and book your tickets now for this spectacular production.

All you need to know about White Christmas

What’s the show based on?

The musical is based on the 1954 film of the same name, starring Bing Crosby as Bob Wallace in a cast including Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen. Produced by Paramount Pictures, the film went on to become a cinematic blockbuster, making over $12 million dollars upon immediate release. In fact, the success of musical films such as White Christmas led to further musical movies being produced, including West Side Story, The Sound of Music and Mary Poppins.

What’s the synopsis?

Audiences meet Bob Wallace and Phil Davis, two military servicemen who previously fought in World War Two. Once close in battle, the pair went their separate ways. Hearing that their former General’s remote ski lodge in Vermont is on the brink of closure, the pair reunite as they attempt to put on a grand production to raise enough money for the ski lodge. Coming together in the season of good-will, Wallace and Davis put everything they can into putting on a show-stopping production, with the help of the Haynes sisters. In a musical filled with feel-good Christmas music as well as dazzling choreography by Stephen Mear, White Christmas is sure to bring a touch of nostalgia to any festive celebrations.

Who will star in White Christmas?

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Danny Mac will reprise his performance as Bob Wallace in White Christmas, after starring in the production at the Leicester Curve last year. With West End credits including Wicked, On The Town at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre and a national tour of Sunset Boulevard , he stole the nation’s heart when competing on the BBC television series Strictly Come Dancing in 2016, making it all the way to the final.

Dan Burton will also return to the production after starring in the Leicester Curve show, playing Phil Davis. The Olivier Award-nominated actor recently played Tulsa in Gypsy, but has also appeared in numerous West End productions including Singin’ in the Rain, Jersey Boys and Legally Blonde.

Michael Brandon will play General Henry Waverly, Brenda Edwards stars as Martha Watson, with Danielle Hope and Clare Halse as sisters Betty Haynes and Judy Haynes.

The cast is completed by Stephane Anelli, Delycia Belgrave, Sophie Camble, Matthew Caputo, Jordan Crouch, Aimee Hodnett, Michael Lin, Robbie McMillan, Jo Morris, Oliver Ramsdale, Erin Rushidi, Kayleigh Thadani, Sion Tudor Owen, Alexandra Waite-Roberts, Sasha Walters, Matthew Whennell-Clark, Jack Wilcox, Anna Woodside and Freya Yates.

The creative team for White Christmas includes Nikolai Foster as director, Stephen Mear as choreographer, lighting by Mark Henderson, sound by Tom Marshall, design by Michael Taylor and costume by Diego Pitarch.

What did critics say about White Christmas at the Dominion Theatre?

“White Christmas is a sturdily old-fashioned version of a jukebox musical of genuine classics. As an opportunity to bask in a festive soundtrack, there’s hardly a more lovely show in town.”
★★★★
Mark Shenton
LondonTheatre.co.uk

Has White Christmas been in the West End before?

The seasonal musical was last performed in the West End in 2014, starring Aled Jones as Bob Wallace and Tom Chambers as Phil Davis. In a review for Londontheatre.co.uk, the story was ‘a no-biz-like-showbiz heartwarmer’.