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Thursday, January 14

Full cast announced for new musical Only the Brave starring Caroline Sheen, David Thaxton, Emilie Fleming & Neil McDermott


Updated 19th February: Only the Brave is being presented at Cardiff Millennium Centre from 28th March-2nd April.  Starring Welsh musical stars Caroline Sheen (Mary Poppins, Les Misérables) and David Thaxton (Les Misérables, Love Never Dies). It is a new musical about love, friendship and hope which delves into the lives of the men and women who made the most astonishing sacrifices in order to protect their country and provide a better future for those they loved.

They will be joined by Emilie Fleming (Cosette in Les Misérables last year at the Queen’s Theatre in London’s West End.  Daniel Evans’s production of Oliver!), Neil McDermott (who recently reprised his role as Ryan Malloy in EastEnders on BBC 1, a role he previously played between 2009 and 2011 and reprised in 2014. He also played Dr Ralph Ellis in The Royal between 2009 and 2011. His West End theatre credits include Lord Farquaad in Shrek the Musical, Jean-Michel in La Cage aux Folles, Young Buddy in Follies, Rolf in The Sound of Music and the title role inAladdin opposite Ian McKellen at the Old Vic) with Graham MacDuff (Spamalot, Carousel, Guys and Dolls, Chicago, Miss Saigon, London’s , David Albury (Love Story at Union Theatre, Porgy & Bess at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, national tour of The Lion King), Karl Anthony Queensborough (Prince Charming in Cinderella at Lyric Hammersmith, A Wolf in Snakeskin Shoes at the Tricycle Theatre), Helen Hobson (Bakkhai at the Almeida, Sunny Afternoon at Hampstead Theatre, Mother Abbess in The Sound of Music at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, Donna in Mamma Mia! at the Prince of Wales and Novello Theatres), Nikki Mae (Mamma Mia! at Novello Theatre, national tours of High School Musical 2 and Evita), Gwydion Rhys (Celyn Jenkins in Tir and Dai Jones in Cara Fi), Max Bowden (2015 national tour of Birdsong, played Justin Fitzgerald in BBC 1’s Waterloo Road), Steffan Lloyd-Evans (Jack in Jack & the Beanstalk at Yvonne Arnaud Theatre Guildford, national tours of Godspell in Concert and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat), Moyo Akandé (appearing in Rachel Wagstaff’s Flowers for Mrs Harris at Sheffield Crucible in May 2016, credits including White Christmas at West Yorkshire Playhouse and Macbeth and Lightning Child at Shakespeare’s Globe), Thomas Aldridge (Made in Dagenham at Adelphi Theatre, The Secret Garden and Peter Pan – A Musical Adventure at West Yorkshire Playhouse and Birmingham Rep, High Society at Shaftesbury Theatre), and Rebecca Craven (Tracy Turnblad in Leicester Curve production of Hairspray, Rhiannon Salt in BBC 1’s Waterloo Road).

Based on the true events leading up to the D-Day landings, Only the Brave follows a group of men embarking on the ultimate mission, the friendship of two women united by love and loss, and the bravery of a young French girl determined to play her part.

In collaboration with the team behind the UK tour of Sebastian Faulks' Birdsong and with an original score by Cardiff born composer Matthew Brind and Book by Rachel Wagstaff  he show will be  Directed by Steve Marmion.


Tickets for Only the Brave

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