Saturday, March 24

Andy Moss to lead cast for Knights of the Rose new musical at Arts Theatre

Updated 15th May;   Andy Moss (Hollyoaks, Doctors) will play the lead character, knight Gawain. Moss is a well known face to millions after his long running role as loveable rogue, Rhys Ashworth in Channel 4’s flagship drama Hollyoaks. He also played Paul Cuthbert in the popular BBC daytime soap opera Doctors and most recently completed a national tour playing the lead role of Sam Wheat in Ghost the Musical.

Romance of the Rose Productions have just announced the world premiere of a new musical  at The Arts Theatre from 29th June - 26th August. Created by Jennifer Marsden, Knights of the Rose is a  medieval tale featuring  classic rock songs from artists including Bon Jovi, Bonnie Tyler, Meatloaf and No Doubt.

Initial casting includes  is Adam Pearce (King Aethelstan leading the noble Knights) who is joined by Chris Cowley (Palamon), Oliver Saville (Hugo), Rebecca Bainbridge (Queen Matilda / Bess), Rebekah Lowings (Isabel), Matt Thorpe (Horatio), Ruben Van keer (John), Katie Birtill (Hannah) and Bleu Woodward (Emily). Ian Gareth-Jones, Kelly Hampson and Tom Bales make up the ensemble.

The set list includes:  Blaze Of Glory - Bon Jovi // Blood On Blood - Bon Jovi // Always - Bon Jovi // Bed Of Roses - Bon Jovi // This Is Love, This Is Life - Bon Jovi // Changes - Black Sabbath // Holding Out For A Hero - Bonnie Tyler // Total Eclipse Of The Heart - Bonnie Tyler // Hero - Enrique Iglesias // King Arthur: Third Act - Henry Purcell // The Parting Glass - Irish Folk Song // Is Nothing Sacred - Meatloaf // Marriage Of Figaro: Part 1V - Mozart // Don't Speak - No Doubt // Addicted To Love - Robert Palmer // Hard Times Of Old England - Steeleye Span // Wherever You Will Go - The Calling // He Ain't Heavy He's My Brother - The Hollies // Pilgrim - Uriah Heep

It is a tale of betrayal, love, bloodshed and redemption, the noble Knights of the Rose must defend their House and honour. Even as the chivalrous knights return from a glorious victory, a greater threat against the kingdom stirs. As they face the greatest battle of the age and betrayal threatens to tear them apart, can true love and honour triumph?

With interwoven literature from Marlowe, Shakespeare and Chaucer mixed with legendary classic rock music; Knights of the Rose is a fusion of popular culture, evocative of Game of Thrones and Bat out of Hell. 

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