Present Company is presenting Irving Berlin’s White Christmas at Derby Theatre from November 17-19.
This is the stage show version of the Paramount Pictures (1954) film of the same name that starred Bing Crosby as Captain Bob Wallace and Danny Kaye as Private Phil Davies.
In this production Bob is played by Craig Arme, winner of a 2017 Eagle Award for his portrayal of Chauvelin in The Scarlet Pimpernel and Phil is David Partridge, likewise an Eagle Award nominee as the Pimpernel. Their opposite numbers are Betty played by Laura Orton (Desirée in A Little Night Music) and Judy played by Rachael Louisa Bray (Guenevere in Camelot).
Despite planning a Christmas break in Miami, song-and-dance stars Bob and Phil find themselves with Sister Act Betty and Judy on a train to Vermont, en-route to a ski resort hotel, by coincidence owned by their old GI General,Tom Waverley. The hotel is facing closure because this year there’s no snow and therefore no guests.
There’s mischief, romance and misunderstandings before the White Christmas happy ending. The show is a heart-warming treasury of Irving Berlin classics, some of the greatest songs ever written, including: Sisters, Blue Skies, Count Your Blessings and the renowned White Christmas.
Add spectacular dance and tap-dance routines colourful costumes and you have the recipe for a wonderfully entertaining show. Expect to leave the theatre with your feet tapping and with that inimitable Christmasy feeling.
The show can be see on the Friday at 7.30pm, Saturday in a matinée at 2.30pm and at 7.30pm and on Sunday in a matinée at 3pm. Ticket prices are from £14 to £19 with £2 off for the usual concessions.
In the picture from left are: Craig Arme (Captain Bob Wallace), Laura Brookes (Betty Haynes), David Partridge (Private Phil Davies), Rachael Louisa Bray (Judy Haynes).