Jenna Russell to star in London premiere of ‘FLOWERS FOR MRS HARRIS’ at the Riverside Studios

Olivier-Award winner Jenna Russell will star as ‘Ada Harris’ in the London premiere of the musical FLOWERS FOR MRS HARRIS this autumn, directed by Bronagh Lagan.

FLOWERS FOR MRS HARRIS will play a limited 9-week run at the Riverside Studios from 30 September to 26 November 2023.

Based on the novel by Paul Gallico and adapted for the stage by Richard Taylor (The Go-Between) and Rachel Wagstaff (The Mirror Crack’d), FLOWERS FOR MRS HARRIS is a celebration of kindness, friendship and carrying on in the face of grief.

This will be the first London production of the critically acclaimed musical since its premiere in Sheffield in 2016, which was followed by a highly successful run at the Chichester Festival Theatre. 

For Ada Harris, day-to-day life is spent cleaning houses. But one day when she is working for a wealthy client in Belgravia, she happens upon a Dior dress that takes her breath away.

In that magical moment, Ada has an epiphany and sets off on a journey that will change her life… From the cobbled streets of post-war London to the magical avenues of Paris and beyond, Ada transforms the lives of everyone she meets along the way, but can she let go of her past and finally let her own life blossom?

FLOWERS FOR MRS HARRIS is based on the novel by Paul Gallico, a musical by Richard Taylor and Rachel Wagstaff, book by Rachel Wagstaff, music and lyrics by Richard Taylor. It will be directed by Bronagh Lagan, with new orchestrations by Jason Carr, and with Jonathan Gill as Musical Director. Casting is by Jane Deitch. Further casting and creative team will be announced.

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