Four-time Olivier Award Winner Imelda Staunton to Headline New Production of The Iconic Musical Hello, Dolly!

The show reunites Imelda with Dominic Cooke,the director of their acclaimed production of Follies

Production also stars Andy Nyman, Jenna Russell, Tyrone Huntley & Harry Hepple

Jerry Herman’s unforgettable score includes Put On Your Sunday Clothes, Before the Parade Passes By, It Only Takes a Moment and Hello, Dolly!

Performances begin at The London Palladium on Saturday 6 July 2024

(Thursday 2 November) Michael Harrison is thrilled to announce that Imelda Staunton will be back where she belongs in Hello, Dolly! next summer, as one of the most iconic musicals of all time comes to The London Palladium.

With an unforgettable score by the legendary Jerry Herman, Hello, Dolly! will begin performances at The London Palladium on Saturday 6 July 2024 for a strictly limited 10-week season (Press Night: Thursday 18 July).

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Multi Olivier and BAFTA Award winning Staunton plays meddlesome socialite turned matchmaker Dolly Levi, as she travels to Yonkers, New York to find a match for the miserly, unmarried ‘half-a-millionaire’ Horace Vandergelder. But everything changes when she decides that the next match she needs to make is for herself.

With music and lyrics by Jerry Herman (La Cage aux Folles, Mack and Mabel, Mame) and book by Michael Stewart (42nd Street, Mack and Mabel, Barnum), Hello, Dolly! is one of the most iconic musicals of all time. Jerry Herman’s timeless score includes ‘Put On Your Sunday Clothes’, ‘Ribbons Down My Back’, ‘Before the Parade Passes By’, ‘Elegance’, ‘It Only Takes a Moment’ and of course, ‘Hello, Dolly!’.

This brand new production reunites Imelda with director Dominic Cooke, following their spectacular, critically acclaimed production of Stephen Sondheim’s Follies at the National Theatre.

Imelda Staunton commented: “I’m delighted that we are announcing our new production of Hello, Dolly!, which is a truly joyous show. I am also thrilled to be working again with Dominic Cooke and Michael Harrison. Dolly Levi is one of the great characters in musical theatre, and I can’t wait to join the company in bringing our new production to the iconic London Palladium.”

The production today also announces further casting –

Andy Nyman – who will play Horace Vandergelder – is a multi-award winning actor, writer and director. Most recently he won unanimous acclaim for his memorable portrayal of Tevye in the celebrated production of Fiddler On The Roof at the Menier Chocolate Factory and its subsequent transfer to the Playhouse Theatre.

Nyman’s acting credits include the Royal Court production of Hangmen and the West End hit Ghost Stories, which he also created and starred in the film adaptation. His various TV roles include Winston Churchill in Peaky Blinders and he has frequently collaborated with illusionist Derren Brown, co-writing and co-directing four of his stage shows.

Olivier Award winner Jenna Russell will play Irene Molloy. Jenna recently starred in the UK premiere of The Bridges of Madison County. She won an Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical in 2006 for her performance in Sunday In The Park With George at the Menier Chocolate Factory (a performance she later reprised on Broadway) and was nominated for her work in the Menier’s 2012 revival of Merrily We Roll Along. She also appeared in the acclaimed, London premiere production of Fun Home the Young Vic.

Tyrone Huntley, who will play Barnaby Tucker. Tyrone was nominated for an Olivier Award for his performance as Judas in the widely acclaimed production of Jesus Christ Superstar at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre. He was also previously in the original London casts of Dreamgirls and The Book of Mormon.

Harry Hepple, who will play Cornelius Hackl, has previously performed in Follies at the National Theatre and Romantics Anonymous at Bristol Old Vic.

Hello, Dolly! also reunites Imelda Staunton with producer Michael Harrison. Their production of Gypsy at the Savoy Theatre was awarded the Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival, and for which Imelda also won the Olivier Award for Best Actress In A Musical for her acclaimed portrayal of Momma Rose.

Further casting for the production will be announced at a later date.

Hello, Dolly! is produced by Michael Harrison, Gavin Kalin & Crossroads Live.


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Michael Stewart Book
Jerry Herman Music and Lyrics
Dominic Cooke Director
Rae Smith Set & Costume Designer
Bill Deamer Choreographer
Jon Clark Lighting Designer
Paul Groothuis Sound Designer
Finn Ross Video Designer
Nick Skilbeck Musical Supervisor


Performance Dates
From Saturday 6 July 2024
Press Night: Thursday 18 July 2024
Final performance: Saturday 14 September 2024

Performance Times
Monday – Saturday at 7.30pm
Matinees Wednesday & Saturday at 2:30pm

Tickets from £20




Imelda Staunton is a highly accomplished, award-winning actress in film, television, theatre and radio. Her performance in the title role for Mike Leigh’s Vera Drake in 2004 drew critical acclaim, securing Best Actress accolades across the Film Festival circuit as well as a BAFTA for Best Actress in a Leading Role. On stage, Imelda has been honoured with four Laurence Olivier Awards; three for Best Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical for her roles in Into the Woods, Sweeney Todd, and Gypsy, and one for Best Performance in a Supporting Role in a Play for her work in both A Chorus of Disapproval and The Corn is Green.

Imelda began her career in rep and has continued to delight theatre audiences appearing in numerous productions including Follies, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Gypsy, Good People, Circle Mirror Transformation, Sweeney Todd, A Delicate Balance, Entertaining Mr Sloane, There came a Gypsy Riding, Calico, Life x3, The Beggar’s Opera, Guys and Dolls, A Chorus of Disapproval, Fair Maid of the West, They Shoot Horses Don’t They?, It’s a Mad World my Masters, Us Good Girls, The Corn is Green, The Wizard of Oz, Uncle Vanya, The Lady and the Clarinet, and Into the Woods.

Imelda’s film credits include her internationally recognised role as Dolores Umbridge in the Harry Potter films, Chicken Run 2, Downton Abbey and Downton Abbey 2, Amulet, Finding your Feet, Paddington and Paddington 2, Pride, Arthur Christmas, Maleficent and Maleficent 2, The Awakening, Another Year, Twelfth Night.

On television, Imelda is currently playing The Queen in the multi-award winning Netflix series, The Crown, which will conclude with its final season later this year. Her other television credits include Talking Heads, Trying (2 Series), Flesh & Blood, A Confession, That Day We Sang, The Girl, Psychoville (2 Series), Cranford Chronicles, Dogtown, The Wind in the Willows, My Family and other Animals, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Little Britain, Fingersmith, Strange, Family Business, Cambridge Spies, David Copperfield, Is it Legal, Easy Money, The Singing Detective, The Heat of the Day, Ruth Rendell: Sleeping Life, Yellowbacks.

Imelda was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2006 New Year Honours and Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2016 New Year Honours, both for services to drama.