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

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

Strictly limited season begins at Adelphi Theatre on 11 August 2020

Today Michael Harrison and David Ian are thrilled to announce that Imelda Staunton is back where she belongs in Hello, Dolly! as one of the most iconic musicals of all time comes to the Adelphi Theatre in 2020. This brand new production reunites Imelda with director Dominic Cooke, following the critically acclaimed production of Follies at the National Theatre.

With an unforgettable score by the legendary Jerry Herman, Hello, Dolly! will begin performances at the Adelphi Theatre in London on Tuesday 11 August 2020 for a strictly limited 30-week season (Press Night: Thursday 27 August 2020). Tickets go on sale today, Friday 22 November 2019.

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!’.

Imelda Staunton and Dominic Cooke most recently worked together to spectacular effect with the critically acclaimed National Theatre production of Stephen Sondheim’s Follies. Now Hello, Dolly! reunites star and director in this classic Broadway musical.

Hello, Dolly! also reunites Imelda Staunton with producers Michael Harrison and David Ian. 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.

Imelda Staunton commented: “Well, I’m delighted and daunted in equal measure to be doing a new production of Hello, Dolly! in London next year. I am so excited to be working again with Dominic Cooke, Michael Harrison and David Ian, and we all can’t wait to bring Hello, Dolly! – which is a truly joyous show – back to the West End after all these years. “

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

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Book by Michael Stewart
Music and Lyrics by Jerry Herman
Directed by Dominic Cooke

Adelphi Theatre
409-412 Strand

Performance Dates
From Thursday 11 August 2020
Press Night: Thursday 27 August 2020
For 30 weeks only

Performance Times
Tuesday – Saturday at 7.30pm; matinees Wednesday & Saturday at 2:30pm
In the first week of previews there will be no midweek matinee
Extra Performances: Monday’s 7 September 2020, 23 November 2020 and 1 March 2021

On General Sale from Friday 22 November 2019




IMELDA STAUNTON CBE is a celebrated English stage and screen actress. Having trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, she appeared in a vast number of high-profile plays and musicals in London, including “The Wizard of Oz,” “Uncle Vanya,” “Into the Woods,” “Guys and Dolls,” “Entertainment Mr Sloane” and “Good People.” In 2015, Staunton starred as Rose in Jonathan Kent’s revival of “Gypsy,” opening to rave reviews and for which she won the Olivier Award for best actress in a musical. In 2017, Staunton appeared as Martha in “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf” at the Harold Pinter Theatre and as Sally in “Follies” at the Royal National Theatre. In total for her theatre work, Staunton as earned 11 Olivier nominations, winning four.

Her career on the big screen has also been extensive and successful. She appeared in Kenneth Branagh’s “Much Ado About Nothing,” Ang Lee’s “Sense and Sensibility,” John Madden’s “Shakespeare in Love,” Mike Leigh’s “Vera Drake,” Kirk Jones’ “Nanny McPhee,” Matthew Warchus’ “Pride,” as well as David Yates’ “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” and “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1,” again directed by David Yates, and playing the terrifying role of Professor Dolores Jane Umbridge.

Staunton lent her voice to the characters of Margaret Claus in Sarah Smith’s “Arthur Christmas,” Queen Victoria in Peter Lord’s “The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists!,” a role which won her a nomination for an Annie Award for voice acting, and Aunt Lucy in the first instalment of “Paddington,” directed by Paul King.

Her on screen work has also received much acclaim. For her role as Vera Drake, Staunton won a BAFTA Award for best actress in a leading role, a British Independent Film Award for best actress and an Evening Standard British Film Award for best actress, to name just a few. She also received Academy Award® and Golden Globe® nominations. Her second BAFTA nomination, this time for best actress in a supporting role, came for her role as Hefina Headon in the critically-acclaimed “Pride,” which won her a British Independent Film Award.

Staunton is also well known to television audiences. She appeared in “The Singing Detective,” “Midsomer Murders” and the comedy drama series “Is It Legal?,” which aired on ITV and Channel 4 from 1995 to 1998. In 1995, she starred in the HBO movie “Citizen X,” and in 2007 she appeared in the five part BBC series “Cranford.” More recently, in 2012, she portrayed Alma Reville, wife of Alfred Hitchcock, in the HBO television film “The Girl,” opposite Toby Jones and Sienna Miller. This role won her BAFTA and Primetime Emmy Award® nominations.

In 2017, Staunton played Sandra in “Finding Your Feet,” directed by Richard Loncraine, and she returned to voice the character of Aunt Lucy in “Paddington 2,” directed once again by Paul King. More recently, she played Lady Bagshaw in the highly successful film adaptation of “Downton Abbey” as well as playing Karen Edwards in ITV’s “A Confession”, the real life story of Detective Steve Fulcher, written by Jeff Pope and directed by Paul Andrew Williams

Her upcoming projects include the first co-production between Apple TV and BBC Studios, “Alabama” and the lead in ITV’s new four part crime drama, “Flesh and Blood.”