East London will come alive to the sound of music as Three Mills Studios in Bromley-by-Bow will attempt at television first at Christmas.

Former soap stars Kara Tointon and Katherine Kelly will appear in a live adaptation of The Sound Of Music for ITV.

Alexander Armstrong and Julian Ovenden will also appear in a new version of the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, that made Julie Andrews a Hollywood star 50 years ago.

Ex-EastEnders actor Tointon, 32, will play Maria, who joins the von Trapp family as a governess. She is familiar with the stage having starred in a West End production of Pygmalion.

The Clock Mill at Three Mills, Bromley-by-Bow
The Clock Mill at Three Mills, Bromley-by-Bow

Coronation Street actress Kelly, 35, portrays Baroness Elsa Schraeder while trained opera singer Ovenden, who has appeared in Downton Abbey, will be Captain Georg von Trapp, the military efficient father facing a Nazi occupation of his country.

The Sound Of Music Live! will feature all the songs from the classic score including How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria, Edelweiss, Do-Re-Mi, My Favourite Things and Climb Ev’ry Mountain. The 1965 Hollywood film, starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer, won five Oscars.

Three Mills, on the banks of the River Lea, is where Danny Boyle developed the London 2012 Opening and Closing Ceremonies for the neighbouring Olympic Stadium.

ITV’s director of entertainment and comedy Elaine Bedell said: “This is the first time in the UK that this type of project has been attempted – a musical drama both performed and broadcast live.

“We’ve assembled some of the very best talent both in front of and behind the camera and I can’t wait to see it all come together.”

The Sound Of Music - based on Maria von Trapp’s 1949 memoir The Story Of The Trapp Family Singers - inspired a 1956 German film, the original Broadway musical in 1959 and various stage revivals.

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