West End's MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG Coming to Digital Theatre, 22 Dec

Digital Theatre today (25 November 2013) announced that Stephen Sondheim and George Furth's Merrily We Roll Along - recently awarded the Ned Sherrin Award for Best Musical at the 2013 Evening Standard Theatre Awards - will be available to purchase online from Sunday 22 December.

Customers are invited to register for updates on the Digital Theatre website from today. Visit www.digitaltheatre.com.

Maria Friedman's revival of Merrily We Roll Along was the first production in Digital Theatre and CinemaLive's West End Theatre Series and has been screened in over 1,000 cinemas around the world. Countries that took part in the series included the UK, USA, Canada, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Sweden, Israel, The Netherlands and Russia.

With music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by George Furth, Merrily We Roll Along transferred to the West End's Harold Pinter Theatre following a sell-out run at the Menier Chocolate Factory.

Speaking about the upcoming release, director Maria Friedman said: "It is wonderful that Digital Theatre has enabled the production to extend its life beyond its stage run. I was honoured that Merrily We Roll Along was chosen to be the first in their West End Theatre Series, screened in over 1,000 cinemas around the world, and to see it available online for people to keep forever is just thrilling."

Digital Theatre productions are available to watch online and on your desktop, on demand via the Digital Theatre channel for TalkTalk TV Plus YouView customers, with Samsung Smart TV, or through the new app for iPhone, iPad and iPad touch. Visit www.digitaltheatre.com.

The production is also coming soon to Digital Theatre Plus, Digital Theatre's dedicated online learning resource which delivers quality theatre productions to schools, universities and libraries. Visit www.digitaltheatreplus.com.

Merrily We Roll Along received more five-star reviews than any other musical in West End history and won the 2012 Critics' Circle Award for Best Musical. Merrily We Roll Along was awarded the 2013 Ned Sherrin Award for Best Musical at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards on Sunday 17 November.

Starting in 1980 and travelling backwards in time, this powerful and moving story features some of Sondheim's most beautiful songs including 'Good Thing Going', 'Not a Day Goes by' and 'Old Friends'. Triple Oliver Award-winner Maria Friedman makes a thrilling directorial debut with this vibrant, full-scale production with an exceptional cast led by Mark Umbers, Jenna Russell and Damian Humbley.

Merrily We Roll Along has been awarded five star reviews by the Independent, Daily Telegraph, The Times, Sunday Telegraph, Sunday Express, WhatsOnStage, The Public Reviews, Metro, Guardian and the Independent on Sunday.



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