U.K. helmer John Doyle, a 2005 Tony winner for his production of Stephen Sondheim’s “Sweeney Todd,” will revive the composer/lyricist’s “Merrily We Roll Along” at England’s Watermill Theater. It will run Jan. 16, 2008, with a Jan. 21 opening.
The production will again use Doyle’s trademark approach of hiring actor-musicians who simultaneously play all the roles and accompany themselves on musical instruments. The 220-seat regional theater in Newbury, Berkshire, originated Doyle’s “Sweeney Todd” and numerous other Doyle-helmed musical revivals which have transferred to the West End and beyond.
“Merrily,” currently being cast, will be re-orchestrated by Catherine Jayes and designed by Liz Ascroft .
Doyle’s production of “A Catered Affair,” now playing at the Old Globe in San Diego, begins its Broadway run March 25 at the Walter Kerr ahead of an April 17 opening. Doyle also is tipped to direct the New York preem of Sondheim’s most recent work, “Bounce,” at the Public Theater. Dates have still to be set.