First look at Grey Gardens

Grey Gardens 7 Jenna Russell &  Sheila Hancock Photo Scott Rylander

Photos have been released of Sheila Hancock as Edith ‘Big Edie’ Ewing Bouvier Beale and Jenna Russell as Edith ‘Little Edie’ Bouvier Beale in the eagerly awaited European première of Grey Gardens at Southwark Playhouse.Grey Gardens 4 Jenna Russell &  Sheila Hancock Photo Scott Rylander

Based on an iconic 1975 documentary, Grey Gardens, with book by Doug Wright, music by Scott Frankel and lyrics by Michael Korie, tells the spectacular real life rise and fall of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis’s aunt and cousin. 

Grey Gardens 6 Jenna Russell &  Sheila Hancock Photo Scott RylanderStarting in 1941 at an engagement party at Grey Gardens, the Bouvier’s mansion in East Hampton, Long Island, the musical tracks the progression of the two women’s lives from  American aristocrats to reclusive social outcasts living in such squalid conditions, in a home overrun by cats, that the Health Department deemed the mansion ‘unfit for human habitation’.Grey Gardens 1 Sheila Hancock Photo Scott Rylander

Grey Gardens, produced by Danielle Tarento and directed by Thom Southerland, the award-winning team behind Grand Hotel, Titanic, Parade and Mack & Mabel, opened for a six-week season in The Large at Southwark Playhouse on Saturday 2nd January 2016. 

Visit www.southwarkplayhouse.co.uk to buy tickets.

Photos by Scott Rylander

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