Return of The Rink

Jack Maple Productions has announced that it will stage the first London revival in 20 years of The Rink.

The show originally premiered on Broadway in 1984 starring Chita Rivera as Anna and Liza Minelli as Angel. It made its London debut at the Cambridge Theatre in 1988, and starred Josephine Blake and Diane Langton as Anna and Angel respectively.

Anna, an Italian housewife who runs a roller-skating rink on the Eastern seaboard, is about to sell it to developers until her estranged daughter, Angel, returns after a long absence, hoping to save the rink and patch things up with her mother.

Director Adam Lenson said: “I have long admired the ingenious work of producers Kander and Ebb and to get to direct this rarely seen masterpiece is a true privilege.

“Most people are only familiar with their most popular hits Chicago and Cabaret, but The Rink is as innovative as it is underrated and truly pushes the form of musical theatre. I cannot wait for audiences to see this beautiful and complex story.”

The new production will play at Southwark Playhouse for a limited season from May 25-June 23, 2018.

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