Wednesday, May 8

Kimberley Walsh, Wendi Peters and Matthew Kelly join Jay McGuiness in Big the Musical

Further casting has been announced for the London run of Big the Musical which opens at  the Dominion Theatre in the West End for a limited 9 week period from 6th  September to 2nd November

Joining Jay McGuiness who plays Josh Baskin, the 12 year-old who wants to be big will be Wendi Peters as Mrs Baskin (Josh's mother), Kimberley Walsh as Susan Lawrence (who Josh falls for) and Matthew Kelly as George MacMillan the owner of the toy company where Josh gets a job.

Matthew Kelly  is perhaps best known for presenting both Stars in their Eyes and You Bet!. Other TV credits of his include Benidorm, Bleak House, Cold Blood, and Moving On. His  most notable stage credits include his Olivier Award-winning performance as Lennie in Of Mice and Men at the Savoy Theatre, the original Stanley in Funny Peculiar, Lend Me A Tenor! the musical, Tim Firth’s Sign of the Times play, and starring alongside Ian McKellan and Roger Rees in Waiting For Godot. Other notable theatre credits of his include The Habit of Art, Pride & Prejudice, The Jew Of Malta, Volpone, Love’s Sacrifice, TOAST, Spamalot, Legally Blonde, Troilus and Cressida, and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Trafalgar Studios).

Kimberley Walsh  became a household name as a member of the all-girl band, Girls Aloud. During the group's 10-year career, they enjoyed twenty consecutive Top 10 singles on the UK charts, including four #1 hits. At the time the girl group disbanded, they had sold 4.3 million singles and 4 million albums in the UK. The popstar returned to the public eye later when she became a runner up in the 2012 season of Strictly Come Dancing. Before crossing over into singing, Walsh was already an established actress. Her TV credits include the roles of Claire Butterworth in the second series of Ackley Bridge on Channel 4 and Rebecca in Disney’s The Lodge while notable film credits of hers include All Stars and Horrid Henry. No stranger to the West End either, Walsh's most notable stage credits include Jovie in Elf the Musical, Princess Fiona in Shrek The Musical, and a role alongside Denise Van Outen in Sweet Charity.

Wendi Peters is perhaps best known for appearing in Coronation Street as Cilla Battersby Brown, a character she portrayed for more than four years, including for a brief reappearance in 2014. She now currently portrays Cook Jenkins in BBC's Hetty Feather. Other TV credits of hers include 'Podger' Pam Jolly in Bad Girls (ITV), Kelly in Sadie J (BBC), Marion in Crime Stories (ITV), and Queen Shania in Hacker Time (BBC). Peters' most notable stage credits include Grumpy Old Women Live 2 - Chin up Britain (National Tour and Novello Theatre), Martha Watson in White Christmas (Dominion Theatre), Princess Puffer in The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Arts Theatre), and Vagina Monologues (National Tour).

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