What's On Stage award for Portrush theatre director Bronagh Lagan's production 'Flowers for Mrs Harris'

A Portrush theatre director’s production of an off-West End musical has scooped a top award.
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Renowned Portrush theatre director Bronagh Lagan brought a new musical - ‘Flowers for Mrs Harris’ – to life in its London premiere.

The show was the musical version of the movie ‘Mrs Harris Goes to Paris’ which tells the story of Ada Harris, whose day-to-day life is spent cleaning houses. But one day when she is working for a wealthy client in Belgravia, she happens upon a Dior dress that takes her breath away.

Olivier-Award winning stage legend Jenna Russell starred as ‘Ada Harris’, directed by Bronagh who is the director of the Olivier-nominated play Cruise by Jack Holden which ran at The Duchess Theatre and was the first new play to open the West End after the pandemic.

Portrush director Bronagh Lagan. Credit Bronagh LaganPortrush director Bronagh Lagan. Credit Bronagh Lagan
Portrush director Bronagh Lagan. Credit Bronagh Lagan

At Sunday’s What’s On Stage awards, ‘Flowers for Mrs Harris’ won the award for Best Off-West End production.

Previously Bronagh’s production of Rags, the musical by Charles Strouse and Stephen Schwartz at The Park Theatre, received nine Off West End Award nominations, including Best Director and Best Production. Bronagh worked closely with Stephen Schwartz in reimagining the script for an actor-musician production and curated a cast album of her production of Rags which is available on iTunes and Spotify.

In addition to directing Bronagh is part of the From Page To Stage Literary department for Aria Entertainment and is also a regular practitioner at top drama schools in London.

She has directed around the world, working on classical texts, musicals, new writing, physical theatre, outdoor theatre and site-specific productions.

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