The Woman in White, a free adaptation of Wilkie Collins’s sensational Victorian thriller of the same name, opened at the Palace Theatre, London on 16th September 2004.
Written by Charlotte Jones, composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber and with lyrics by David Zippel, this Victorian tale of love, greed and deception tells the story of Laura Fairlie and her marriage to Sir Percival Glyde, his friend the manipulative Count Foscoe, and the significance of the mysterious woman in white…
The show’s London opening starred Maria Friedman as Marian Halcombe, Angela Christian as Laura, Martin Crewes as Walter Hartright and Michael Crawford as the original Count Fosco. It was directed by Trevor Nunn and co-produced with Sonia Friedman.
The Sunday Times called The Woman in White: “…a chilling return to spectacular form,” while Mark Shenton of Whatsonstage.com praised the score as “Lloyd Webber’s best and most melodically textured score since Phantom.”