Some February casting news

Casting announced for But I’m A Cheerleader: The Musical, the Six the musical tour and the National’s touring Hamlet plus the line-up for Roles We’ll Never Play

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The cast of the Turbine Theatre’s soon-to-arrive But I’m A Cheerleader: The Musical has been announced. Alice Croft leads the cast as high school cheerleader Megan Williams who goes through a sexual awakening and self-realization at the rehabilitation camp where her parents send her when they suspect she is a lesbian.

Joining her are Oliver Brooks (Dad/Larry), Edward Chitticks (Jared/Rock), Damon Gould (André), Tiffany Graves (Mary Brown), Jodie Jacobs (Mom/Lloyd), Lemuel Knights (Mike), Evie Rose Lane (Graham), Harry Singh (Jalal), Jodie Steele (Kimberly/Hilary), Aaron Teoh (Dolph) and Kia-Paris Walcott (Sinead).

The creative team made up of Bill Augustin (Book and Lyrics), Andrew Abrams (Music), Tania Azevedo (Director), Josh Sood (Musical director), Alexzandra Sarmiento (Choreographer), David Shields (Set & Costume), Martha Godfrey (Lighting) and Chris Whybrow (Sound).

Six The Musical has announced that the current tour company will play their final performance on Sunday 6th March and a new company of Queens will take over from Tuesday 8th March at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre.

The new touring Queens will be played by Chlöe Hart (Catherine of Aragon), Jennifer Caldwell (Anne Boleyn), Casey Al-Shaqsy (Jane Seymour), Aiesha Pease (Anna of Cleves), Jaina Brock-Patel (Katherine Howard) and Alana M Robinson (Catherine Parr).

Grace Melville, Leesa Tulley and Natalie Pilkington (Dance Captain) will be joining the cast as alternates, along with super-swing Harriet Caplan-Dean. As ever, the cast are backed by the show’s all-female band, The Ladies in Waiting.

An energetic retelling of Shakespeare’s most well-known tragedy, Hamletwill perform in the Dorfman Theatre from 4 – 6 April 2022 and as part of a tour to state schools in Liverpool, Wolverhampton, South Essex and Sunderland from 7th March. Introducing young audiences to the world of Shakespeare, the production will tour into secondary schools for visiting primary school pupils and Year 7s to watch together. The tour will reach over 5,000 pupils across four weeks as part of the NT’s commitment to introducing children and young people to theatre.

This version is adapted for audiences aged 8-12 by Jude Christian (othellomacbethCinderella) and directed by Tinuke Craig (The Colour PurpleVassa). Kiren Kebaili-Dwyer performs the role of Hamlet alongside a full company including Efé Agwele, David Ahmad, Jessica Alade, Curtis Callier, Claire Redcliffe, Vedi Roy and Chanel Waddock.

The line-up for Roles We’ll Never Play at the Lyric Theatre has been revealed.

The company will feature Pearce Barron (he/him), Maisey Bawden (she/her), Luke Bayer (he/him), Danny Becker (he/him), Courtney Bowman (she/her), Lauren Byrne (she/her), Mary-Jean Caldwell (she/her), Kayla Carter (she/her), Ryan Carter (he/him), Allie Daniel (she/her), Tom Duern (he/him), Hiba Elchikhe (she/her), Jacob Fowler (he/him), Rebecca Gilliland (she/her), Ahmed Hamad (he/him), Isaac Hesketh (they/she/he), Sophie Isaacs (she/her), Idriss Kargbo (he/him), Claudia Kariuki (she/her), Sejal Keshwala (she/her), Lemuel Knights (he/him), Renée Lamb (she/her), Christian Maynard (he/him), Kayleigh McKnight (she/her), Carl Mullaney (he/him), Billy Luke Nevers (he/him), Genevieve Nicole (she/her), Eve Norris (she/her), Natalie May Paris (she/her), Lauren Soley (she/her), Danielle Steers (she/her), Madison Swan (she/her), May Tether (she/her), Joaquin Pedro Valdes (he/him) and Rodney Vubya (he/him).

They will be joined by a featured ensemble made up of Kyle Birch (he/him), Joe Churms (he/him), Sebastian Harwood (he/him), Samara Rawlins (she/her), Hannah Willars (she/her) and Ella Williams (she/her)

The concert is produced by Tom Duern, hosted by Carl Mullaney and directed by Sasha Regan. Flynn Sturgeon (musical director) will be joined by Ollie Copeland, Luke Davies, Steph Frankland, Auguste Janonyte, Alex Maxted and Emily Roberts.


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