Wales Millennium Centre is to premiere first full-scale, original musical, Only The Brave, the venue has announced today [28 January].
Produced in collaboration with Soho Theatre, Daniel Sparrow Productions and Birdsong Productions, Only The Brave tells the story of the lives of men and women caught up in the D-Day landings. Olivier Best Actor winner David Thaxton (Passion, Les Misérables, Love Never Dies), Caroline Sheen (Grease, Mamma Mia!, The Witches of Eastwick) and Neil McDermott (EastEnders, Shrek The Musical, La Cage aux Folles) will star and the show will be directed by Steve Marmion, the Soho Theatre’s Artistic Director.
With a book by writer Rachel Wagstaff, music by Matthew Brind and lyrics by Steve Marmion, Only The Brave tells the true story of two couples brought together by war, Captain John (Thaxton) and Joy (Sheen) Howard and Lieutenant Denham (McDermott) and Maggie Brotheridge.
Writer Rachel Wagstaff adapted Sebastian Faulks’ novelBirdsong adapted for the stage in 2010.She is currently co-writing two screenplays with Sebastian Faulks and is under commission to write a new musical for Vicky Graham Productions/Old Vic.
Only The Brave is due to open at the Wales Millennium Centre on 28 March 2016.