Saturday, June 18

Cast announced for Moby Dick the Musical at Southwark

Updated 22nd August: the cast has just been announced and will include  X Factor finalist Anton Stephans (Porgy &Bess) leading the cast and playing  Headmistress/Ahab.He will be joined by Brenda Edwards (Chicago, Carmen Jones, Hairspray and We Will Rock You) playing Esta.

The cast also includes Laura Mansell as Starbuck,  Sam Barrett as Coffin, PĂ©rola Congo as Queeqeeg  and Aimee Hodnett as Stubb with  Rachel Anne Rayham, Rebekah Lowings , Glen Facey,  and Grant McConvey.

Last seen in 1992, the saucy cult hit Moby Dick! The Musical is back and will be revived at the Union Theatre in Southwark from Wednesday 12th October – Saturday 12th November 2016

The last time it was in the West End it was  produced by Cameron Mackintosh, with a book by Robert Longden and music and lyrics by Longden and Hereward Kaye.

Cameron Mackintosh said: When I first put on Robert Longdon and Hereward Kaye’s irrepressible version of ‘Moby Dick! The Musical’ 25 years ago, London had virtually no Off West End theatres and the outrageous joy of shows like ‘The Producers’ and ‘The Book of Mormon’ were still decades away. An unlikely alliance between Melville’s great novel and the immortal St Trinian’s girls, ‘Moby Dick!’ is truly a whale of a tale. I’m really delighted that Andrew Wright saw the show as a student in Oxford and has taken up his harpoon to bring Moby roaring back to the New Union Theatre with a wonderful diverse young cast of school ‘girls’ to holler ‘Thar She Blows’!

It tells the tale of anarchic and nubile girls of St. Godley’s Academy for Young Ladies who are in trouble! Money for the school has run out and it’s threatened with closure. Determined to save their school from bankruptcy, the  girls, and their headmistress come up with a plan to it afloat. Using whatever they can find, the girls mount an original production a musical version of Herman Melville’s classic novel Moby Dick as a fundraiser – featuring their  headmistress as Captain Ahab.

This brand new production, staged for the show’s 25th Anniversary, is directed and choreographed by double Olivier Award nominee Andrew Wright who  is reunited with Producer Amy Anzel after their 2014 UK tour of Happy Days – A New Musical, which featured on Channel 4’s The Sound of Musicals.  He said  I am very excited to bring ‘Moby Dick! The Musical’ back to London after 25 years. I saw the original production at the Oxford Fire Station in 1991 and fell in love with its anarchic charm and sheer exuberance. The New Union Theatre is the perfect venue to unleash the girls of St Godley’s version of this classic tale. 25 years on, the piece feels more relevant than ever and after waiting all that time it will hopefully be the dick you’ve been waiting for!

This show is all about having fun and getting involved. Audience members who come in school uniform will get front row onstage seats and play a part in St Godley’s version of Moby Dick.

Tickets for Moby Dick

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