Cast announced for new musical adaptation of WUTHERING HEIGHTS

The Turbine Theater has announced a workshop presentation of its new musical adaptation of Emily Brontë’s literary classic, “Wuthering Heights.” At just twenty-five, Lizzie Lister, a graduate of the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, wrote and composed this musical with her father, Mick Lister, and classical pianist Clare Lonsdale.

Lizzie was delighted to welcome the following creative team on board: Emma Gersch (Moving Stories, Shakespeare’s Globe) is director, award-winning choreographer Christopher Tendai (CTC Dance Company, Cabaret at Kit Kat Club London) is choreographer and producer, and her Royal Central graduates Nyokabi Macharia and Rosie Weston take on the roles of Assistant Manager and Assistant Music Director. Co-composer and arranger Mick Lister completes the team as musical director.

Choreographer and producer Christopher Tendai said, “This new musical adaptation is a gateway to inventive new thinking towards classic literature, as it delves into the brutality and truth of the characters and the story. I really think that this new contemporary musical may be the next big thing to hit the stages, not just in the UK, but internationally – rekindling and redefining the relationship between Cathy and Heathcliff.”

Carl Spencer, who starred as John Laurens/Philip Hamilton in ‘Hamilton’ (Victoria Palace Theatre) and Magnus the Escapologist in ‘Matilda’ (Working Title Films/Netflix) leads the cast as iconic Byronic hero Heathcliff, opposite Lizzie Lister as her star-crossed love, Cathy Earnshaw. Luke Bayer, known for playing Alternate Jamie in the original London cast of ‘Everybody’s Talking About Jamie’ (Apollo Theatre) and Mark in ‘RENT’ (Hope Mill Theatre) plays Edgar Linton, alongside Royal Central School graduate Natalie of Speech and Drama Elliott, making her Off-West End debut as Isabella Linton.

The main cast was recently joined by two ensemble members: Anna Van Der Wolf and Marco Venturini.

Wuthering Heights – The Musical revitalizes Brontë’s famous gothic romance through a 21st century lens. Wild and whimsical, Cathy grew up on the Yorkshire moors, and when Heathcliff, the young immigrant orphan, is thrown into her life, the couple quickly become inseparable. This brutally honest tale of Heathcliff and Cathy’s death-defying love brings to light the novel’s most impactful themes and will harden, break and heal your heart. From the amorous Lintons, to the tyrannical Hindley, to the all-seeing, all-knowing Nelly Dean, this adaptation gives each character the chance to tell their side of the story – told through a hauntingly cinematic score, merging the classic with the contemporary.

Director Emma Gersch said: “I am totally thrilled to be working on this magical project. As soon as I heard the songs I was blown away and knew this was a story I wanted to tell. J ‘ve been passionate about adapting classics for many years, and when the music is integrated into the storytelling, I feel like new levels can be transcended.”

A one-hour excerpt from the workers’ production will be presented exclusively to the industry and the public on Thursday June 2 (7:30 p.m.), Friday June 3 (7:30 p.m.), Saturday June 4 (3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.). Tickets are available on the Turbine Theater website.