Clare Burt (Ada Harris) and Claire Machin (Violet) in Flowers for Mrs Harris
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Based on the novella Mrs. ‘Arris Goes to Paris by Paul Gallico the novel was published in 1958 as Flowers for Mrs Harris as the first in a series of four books about the adventures of a London charwoman.

Chichester Festival Theatre’s production of the award-winning musical about a charlady’s dream of owning a Dior gown, starring Clare Burt, Joanna Riding and Gary Wilmot is set in post war London.

Directed by Daniel Evans, it captures the glowing humanity of the novella by Paul Gallico on which it is based. The production began in Sheffield, where it won three UK Theatre Awards including Best Musical.

Richard Taylor is a composer and lyricist for stage, opera and television, whose work includes Beauty and the Beast (CFYT 2017) and The Go-Between (West End). Rachel Wagstaff adapted Sebastian Faulks’s novel Birdsong for the West End

The musical drama can be viewed here:

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