Tuesday, August 14

Full casting announced for Guys & Dolls at Royal Albert Hall

Updated 12th September: Further casting has NOW been announced with Lara Pulver (Gypsy)   playing Sarah Brown, with Stephen Mangan (The Birthday Party) taking  on the role of the narrator.

Also joining the cast is Sharon D Clarke as General Cartwright, and Paul Nicholas (Jesus Christ Superstar)  as Arvide Abernathy.

The cast will also include Stephane Anelli, Dan Burton, Cory English, Julian Forsyth, Nia Jermin, Alexis Owen Hobbs, Sévan Stephan, Matthew Whennell-Clark, Davide Fienauri, Stevie Hutchinson, Ross McLaren, Ebony Molina, Jo Morris, Cris Penfold, Jak Skelly, Rachel Stanley and Alexandra Waite-Roberts.

They join previously announced cast members Adrian Lester, Jason Manford, Meow Meow, Clive Rowe and Joe Stilgoe.

Two-time Olivier Award-winner Stephen Mear is directing  and choreographing a semi-staged version of the classic musical comedy, Guys and Dolls at The Royal Albert Hall on Friday and Saturday 19th & 20th October 2018 at 7:30 pm plus a Saturday matinee at 2:30 pm. Musical director James McKeon, and design by  Morgan Large.
Initial casting has just been announced with  Adrian Lester starring  as Sky Masterson wth  Jason Manford as Nathan Detroit and Meow Meow as Miss Adelaide. While the supporting cast is headed by acclaimed jazz singer and pianist Joe Stilgoe as Benny Southstreet, Cory English (Young Frankenstein) as Rusty and Clive Rowe reprising the role of Nicely Nicely Johnson for which he won an Olivier in 1997. Rowe’s other West End credits include The Ladykillers (Gielgud Theatre) and Kiss Me, Kate (The Old Vic). Accompanied by the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, the production will feature showstoppers including "Luck Be a Lady", "Sit Down, You're Rockin' the Boat" and "My Time of Day".

Adrian Lester is best known for the BBC’s Hustle and his performance as Othello at the National Theatre in 2013, which won him Best Actor at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards. His musical-theatre credits include Sweeney Todd (also at the National) and his Olivier-winning performance in Sam Mendes’ production of Company at the Donmar Warehouse and in the West End. He said: "It's been a few years since I've been on stage and quite a few more since I've been in a musical, but singing at the Royal Albert Hall, backed by the Royal Philharmonic, is an opportunity too good to miss. I'm really looking forward to singing Sky Masterson as part of a great company."

Jason Manford is one of the UK’s leading stand-ups, who made his stage debut in Sweeney Todd, opposite Michael Ball and Imelda Staunton. This led to a starring role in The Producers and a year-long run in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. He hosted the Olivier Awards at the Hall last year.
International cabaret star Meow Meow  initiated the role of the Maîtresse in the Gielgud Theatre adaptation of The Umbrellas of Cherbourg.
Stephen Mear won Olivier Awards for his choreography on Mary Poppins (with Matthew Bourne) and Hello, Dolly!, with West End shows  including Singin’ in the Rain, Sweet Charity and the acclaimed revival of Gypsy, starring Imelda Staunton.

James McKeon’s credits include last year’s UK tour of Miss Saigon, Evita at the Adelphi Theatre, and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at the London Palladium. He was also the organist at the famous 25th anniversary Phantom of the Opera concert at the Royal Albert Hall.

The work of acclaimed designer Morgan Large was recently seen in Ruthless at the Arts Theatre, and Death Takes a Holiday at the Charing Cross Theatre. His previous credits include Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Novello Theatre), Othello (Sheffield Crucible) and Room on the Broom (worldwide).

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