Friday, November 30

Charlie Stemp to appear in Rough Crossing Tour

The career of the very talented Charlie Stemp, (who turns 25 today) goes from strength to strength.  It ha just been announced that he is to appear in his first play as unorthodox cabin steward Dvornichek in Bill Kenwright's  touring production of Tom Stoppard’s 1984 comedy Rough Crossing which begins a ten-date tour at the Theatre Royal, Windsor, from January 30th .

Kenwright told Rachel Kavanaugh, the play’s director, and said he wanted someone with a twinkle in their eye but also the comic physicality of a Norman Wisdom or Lee Evans, for the part. She recommended Stemp, whom she had directed in Mackintosh’s Chichester Festival Theatre and West End production of Half A Sixpence.

Kenwright said: It was an inspired choice. We had to run it by Tom Stoppard, and he’s very pleased with the casting of Charlie.

Stemp has a busy year ahead.  He recently returned from Broadway after receiving rave reviews opposite Bette Middler in Hello Dolly, and is currently rehearsing the part of the Prince in the  Palladium panto Snow White . He also due to play Bert opposite  Zizi Strallen in Mary Poppins at the Prince Edward in the autumn.
He told he Mail's Baz that  he’s thrilled but nervous about the new job because ‘I’ve never done a play before — but it’s something I’ve wanted to do’.‘There’s some dancing to be done,’ he said, cheerfully. And the comedy appealed to him, too.

Rough Crossing tour dates and booking links  here

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