Friday, September 7

Casting announced for new UK tour of Nativity! The Musical

The producers of the tour of NATIVITY! THE MUSICAL,  have announced the return of Simon Lipkin as the hilarious ‘Mr Poppy’ after delighting critics and audiences in the show last year. He will play the role for the entire run opening at The Belgrade Theatre, Coventry on 23rd October and finishing at the Eventim Apollo in London on 31st December.
Adam Thomas will  play the role of ‘Hollywood Producer’ from 31 October – 4 November in Liverpool and from 5 - 8 December in Stoke/ Charlie Brooks will play the role in Nottingham from 21-25 November/Jake Wood  in Oxford from 11 – 15 December.Star casting for London and Scotland to be announced on Friday 14 September.

Scott Garnham will play ‘Mr Maddens’ and Ashleigh Gray will play ‘Jennifer Lore’. Joining them will be Andy Barke, Andy Brady, Jamie Chapman, Jemma Churchill, Gary Davis, Kade Ferraiolo, Ashleigh Graham, Helena Pipe and Oscar Conlon-Morrey

Simon Lipkin played ‘Nicky’ and ‘Trekkie Monster’ in the original London cast of “Avenue Q” at the Noël Coward Theatre. His other West End credits include “Guys and Dolls” at the Phoenix Theatre, ‘Lonny’ in the original London cast of “Rock of Ages” and ‘Barlow’ in “I Can’t Sing” at the London Palladium. Simon will also star in Nativity Rocks’ the fourth film in the Nativity series which is released in November.

Adam Thomas is best known for starring in ITV’s, ‘Emmerdale’ as ‘Adam Barton’, a role he has played since 2009. Adam previously starred in BBC one’s ‘Waterloo Road’ where he played ‘Donte Charles’ for three years. Nativity! The Musical marks Adam’s stage debut.

Charlie Brooks is best known for playing ‘Janine Butcher’ in BBC one’s ‘EastEnders’. She won the 2011 Christmas special of BBC one’s ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ and the twelfth series of ITV’s ‘I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here’. Her previous theatre credits include ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ at the Leicester Curve Theatre, ‘Beautiful Thing’ at the Arts Theatre and on UK tour and most recently starred in the World Premier of ‘Monogamy’ at London’s Park Theatre.

Jake Wood is best known for his role as ‘Max Branning’ in BBC one’s ‘EastEnders’ for which he has won a British Soap Award and an Inside Soap award. He also appeared on the twelfth series of BBC one’s ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ where he reached the semi- finals. His other acting credits include ‘Only Fools and Horses’ and ‘Red Dwarf’.
Scott Garnham’s previous theatre credits include the UK Tour of ‘Billy Elliot The Musical’ and the West End productions of ‘Les Misérables’ at the Queen’s Theatre and ‘I Can’t Sing’ at the London Palladium.

Ashleigh Gray played  the leading role, ‘Elphaba’ in “Wicked” in the West End and on UK Tour. Her other theatre credits include “Vanities” and “Cool Rider”.

The adult company are joined by the following children aged 9 – 12 from across the Midlands as the pupils of ‘St Bernadette’s School’; Ami Bakayoko , Evie Bennell-Low, Niamh Brady, Demi Delord,  Joseph Duffy, Tommy Gallagher, Alexander Hogg,  Kheiri Isaac-Osmani, Betsy Jiggins, Ben Lee, Marlie Olivia Love, Harry Martin, Joshua Millard-Lloyd, Jasmine McKenna, Amy-Louise Mulhall, Celie Newman,  Gerald Ngwenya, Lyla Peters, Katelyn-Janet Rollason, Aston Sidwell, Nicholas Vakis and Angeli Yunesse Sagala.

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