News: The Woman In White returns to Charing Cross Theatre

News: The Woman In White returns to Charing Cross Theatre

Acclaimed Australian musical theatre star, Anna O’Byrne, will take the role of Laura Fairlie in the first ever revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Tony and Olivier Award-nominated musical, The Woman in White.

Following a chance encounter with a mysterious woman, dressed in white, Walter Hartright’s life is changed forever. On taking a position as drawing master to the beautiful Laura Fairlie and her half sister, Marian, Walter sees in Laura’s face an eerie reflection of the forlorn woman in white. As his feelings for Laura develop, they are thwarted by her engagement to the sinister Sir Percival Glyde. What is the connection between, Laura, Sir Percival, and the woman in white? Can true love prevail?

A wildly exciting romantic musical with a tempestuous tale of love, betrayal and greed, The Woman in White is adapted from Wilkie Collins’ haunting Victorian thriller of the same name.

Directed by Thom Southerland, previews begin at Charing Cross Theatre on Monday 20 November and the production runs for 12 weeks to Saturday 10 February 2018.

The recipient of the 2017 Helpmann Award for Best Actress – the Australian equivalent of the Olivier Awards – O’Byrne received the award for her performance as Eliza Doolittle in the sold-out 60th anniversary production of My Fair Lady at Sydney Opera House. The show was cast and directed by Dame Julie Andrews. Speaking of her upcoming role, O’Byrne said:

“I’m thrilled to be playing Laura in this re-imagined version of The Woman in White. Andrew’s score is just gorgeous, and it’s very special to continue our association on this show. Andrew has been, and continues to be, a guiding force in my career.”

Other cast announced today – Chris Peluso will play Sir Percival Glyde, Carolyn Maitland is cast as Marian Halcombe, Ashley Stillburn is Walter Hartright, Greg Castiglioni plays Count Fosco and Sophie Reeves plays Anne Catherick.

The Woman in White has music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, lyrics by David Zippel and a book by Charlotte Jones.


The Woman In White plays Charing Cross Theatre from 20 November 2017 – 10 February 2018. For more information or to buy tickets, please visit the website.