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Casting for Victoria Wood's Musical That Day We Sang

Updated 20th November:  Victoria Wood's musical That Day We Sang is next being presented at the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester from 5th December - 18th January.

The full cast has been announced: Dean Andrews is Tubby (DS Ray Carling in the BBC TV drama Life on Mars and Ashes to Ashes), Anna Francolini/Enid with Sally Banks, Andy Brady, Faye Brookes, Joel Danziger, Craige Els, William Haresceugh, Darren Lawrence, Laura Medforth, Aki Omoshaybi, Kelly Price, Alex Starke and James Quinn.

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Musical theatre diva and Olivier Award-winning actress Jenna Russell will star in Victoria Wood's That Day We Sang at the Manchester Opera House from 6th-16th July. She is joined in the cast by Vincent Franklin, Lorraine Bruce, Jemma Drake, Gerard Horan, Ian Marr and Martin Savage.

The musical is part of the biennial Manchester International Festival who commissioned Wood to write and direct the musical about two Mancunians: a prim secretary (Russell) and an overweight insurance man (Franklin).It’s the summer of 1969 and they are back on the stage of the Free Trade Hall forty years after they first stood there as children, singing their hearts out with HallĂ© orchestra. It’s the anniversary of the Manchester School Children’s Choir recording of Nymphs and Shepherds.

But Tubby and Enid don’t sing any more - they’re just doing a little interview for local television. And they are not children with everything ahead of them, they are two middle aged people who have left a lot of chances pass them by.

Two stories unfold in Victoria Wood’s new play: the children of 1929 are eagerly gearing up for the big day of the recording and in 1969, Tubby and Enid are trying to reconnect with who they were then, and who they could be now.

The piece will reconstruct the recording of the famous 78 of Purcell’s ‘Nymphs and Shepherds’ and will feature a specially formed Manchester Children’s Choir and members of the HallĂ© Youth Orchestra.

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