Harriet Bunton plays Hodel in Trevor Nunn’s critically acclaimed production of Fiddler on the Roof with Andy Nyman and Judy Kuhn, which transfers to the reconfigured Playhouse Theatre from 21 March for a limited run. The production is currently running at the Menier, where it completes its sell-out run on 9 March.
You’re starring in Fiddler on the Roof at The Menier, tell us about the production?
This production Of Fiddler on the Roof is really special because it is so intimate and so honest. The audience feel like they are a part of the village and can’t help but become emotionally invested in the family and their story.
It’s transferring to the Playhouse Theatre, what are you looking forward to about taking it to the West End?
I’m most excited about the fact that more people will get to see this show. It is such an important piece of history and the story and message of the show is still so relevant today.
It really is a timeless piece of theatre.
I’m also looking forward to seeing how the stage is being reconfigured to keep the infancy of the chocolate factory. I think it’s going to be spectacular.
Will there be any changes made for the West End run?
There are a few more cast members, but we’re aiming to keep it as close to chocolate factory production as possible.
What do you like most about your character?
I like Hodels quick wit. She always has a comeback if anyone tries to put her down.
She’s also very brave. She follows her heart.
What’s it been like working with Trevor Nunn and what have you learnt from him?
Trevor is an incredible director. He is so clever and the list is endless of things I’ve learnt from him. One thing I loved was that throughout the process he keeps us focused on the text. Even with the songs we spoke the lyrics through first. Finding meaning and connection in the words.
What would you say to anyone thinking of coming to see Fiddler on the Roof?
Come see it. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry and will leave wanting to be part of such a wonderful community.