She was due to play Dolly in the West End this summer; and appear as Her Maj on the small screen in the fifth and final season of Netflix’s smash hit drama (with filming to start next year) They’re the cream of leading roles: Dolly Gallagher Levi, the meddlesome matchmaker from legendary musical Hello, Dolly. And Her Majesty the Queen, in The Crown. And Olivier award-winning actress Imelda Staunton scored a coup by snaring both. She was due to play Dolly in the West End this summer; and appear as Her Maj on the small screen in the fifth and final season of Netflix’s smash hit drama (with filming to start next year). But Dolly is now making way for the Queen, with news that the musical has been rescheduled for two years down the line. The decision to shift the show was taken because of the impact of the pandemic on the theatre industry; and to allow Staunton to honour her filming commitments to The Crown. The musical’s producers are insistent that, in the words of the show’s title tune, Dolly won’t never ever go away. She’ll just have to wait for her entrance. ‘Regrettably, we’ve got to postpone… Read full this story
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