Preview: Thoroughly Modern Millie, Royalty Theatre, June 27-July 2

Principals from the Sunderland Royalty Theatre production of Thoroughly Modern Millie, left to right; Lorna Breeze as Mrs Meers, Karl Hicks as Mr Graydon, Melissa Banks as  Dorothy Brown, Anna Snell as Muzzy Van Hossmere, Helen Bowie as Milly Dilmont and Antony Stephenson as Jimmy Smith.

Principals from the Sunderland Royalty Theatre production of Thoroughly Modern Millie, left to right; Lorna Breeze as Mrs Meers, Karl Hicks as Mr Graydon, Melissa Banks as Dorothy Brown, Anna Snell as Muzzy Van Hossmere, Helen Bowie as Milly Dilmont and Antony Stephenson as Jimmy Smith.

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THE Royalty Theatre is bringing to a close a hugely popular season with Thoroughly Modern Millie, the first large scale stage musical in the theatre’s 86-year history.

Based on the 1967 film of the same name, the show tells the story of a small-town girl, Millie Dillmount, who comes to New York City intent on marrying for money instead of love – a thoroughly modern aim in 1922.

She soon takes great delight in the flapper lifestyle, but problems arise when she checks into a hotel owned by the leader of a Chinese slavery ring.

At the helm of the production is local musician David Grey, who stepped in to work on the production when the theatre’s regular musical director had to drop out because of other commitments.

David came forward after the venue launched an appeal for a musical director through the Echo.

He has worked in musical theatre for the past seven years and his CV ranges from humble beginnings as a rehearsal pianist to being appointed deputy musical director for Lumley Castle’s famous Elizabethan Banquets.

He said: “I have a remarkably talented and enthusiastic group of people at the Royalty to work with.

“They have given their all in rehearsal and have impressed me again and again with their hard work and musicality.

“I am both thrilled and honoured to be part of this exciting production and hope that it will mark the start of a long association with the theatre.”

Tickets are available from Tourist Information Centre, which is now housed in the City and Library Arts Centre, Fawcett Street. Tel: 553 2000. Tickets can also be purchased on the door.