For the past year, RGM have been developing a brand new musical stage adaptation of Fay Weldon’s classic novel, The Life and Loves of a She Devil. The creative team behind the adaptation are Nigel Planer (Book), Hannah-Jane Fox and Andrew Holdsworth (Music and Lyrics). RGM has brought on the internationally-renowned director of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, Simon Phillips.
First the BAFTA award-winning BBC series with Julie T Wallace, followed by the Hollywood movie starring Meryl Streep and Roseanne Barr and now … the Musical.
Fay Weldon shares RGM’s excitement at bringing this timeless story of envy and revenge to the stage. In Fay’s own words;
‘I wrote Ruth the She Devil in 1983, thirty-five years ago, and still she won’t lie down. ‘I am a comic turn, turned serious,’ she declared, as she signed off all those years ago. And she’s back centre-stage once more, all life and light and energy, avatar for every woman who ever loved and lost and dreams of rising again from the flames. Ruth rose again with the help of the cosmetic surgeon’s blade. Oh, and she did burn house and home down to escape domesticity. Her story’s been in a book, a Hollywood movie, a TV series. And now she comes to life again in a new and perfect medium for her – the spectacular stage musical. I’m thrilled for her!’
A two week workshop is taking place in January 2019.
Please see below for early industry reactions.