High Society

Music and Lyrics by Cole Porter. Book by Arthur Kopit

Daily Mail

You’re invited to the wedding of the year, and what a swell party it’s going to be!

Cole Porter’s classic feel-good musical, High Society comes to The Old Vic in a glittering new production staged in the round.

Directed by multi-award-winning director and musical star Maria Friedman (director of Merrily We Roll Along, Olivier Award-winner for Best Musical Revival, Critics’ Circle and Evening Standard Awards for Best Musical). High Society is based on The Philadelphia Story and the 1956 film musical. Featuring hit songs including ‘True Love’, ‘You’re Sensational’ , ‘Well did you Evah?’ and the unforgettable ‘Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?’

Long Island socialite Tracy Lord is planning her lavish summer wedding when her ex-husband appears to try and win her back. His unwelcome arrival threatens to disrupt proceedings. When tabloid reporter Mike Connor arrives to cover the nuptials, he too takes a shine to the bride-to-be. But which of these three suitors will she choose?

Music and Lyrics by Cole Porter
Book by Arthur Kopit
Additional Lyrics by Susan Birkenhead
Based on the play The Philadelphia Story by Philip Barry
Also based on the Turner Entertainment Co. motion picture High Society


Thu 30 April – Sat 22 August 2015

Running time: approximately 2hrs 45mins including a 20-minute interval

Captioned performances
Tue 2 June 7.30pm
Sat 25 July 2.30pm

Audio Described performance
Tue 14 July 7.30pm, with a touch tour at 6pm

18 May
Cast: Kate Fleetwood, Richard Grieve, Jamie Parker, Annabel Scholey and Rupert Young.

Dress to Impress!
For performances of High Society on Sat 23 May 7.30pm and Sat 13 June 7.30pm we’re encouraging audience members to don their glad rags and join us in their best garb – accompanied by live piano music and flowing champagne it’s sure to be a ‘swellegant’ evening! ‘Dress to Impress’ package tickets include a glass of champagne and a programme.

More information about concessions

This production is part of the season in the new reconfigured, in the round auditorium.

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Summer is here

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What a treat this show is

The Independent

A riotously fun production

Time Out

A night of magic, madness and moonlight

Evening Standard

Cast Members

Creative Team

  • Tom Pye


  • Nathan M Wright


  • Chris Walker

    Orchestrator & Dance Arranger

  • Peter Mumford


  • Simon Baker


  • Will Burton CDG

    Ensemble Casting

  • Maria Friedman


  • Theo Jamieson

    Musical Director

  • Maggie Lunn


  • Tim Jackson

    Associate Director

  • Claira Vaughan

    Associate Choreographer

  • Finn Ross


  • John Richardson