News: Full company announced for Chichester’s Rock Follies

The full company has been announced for Rock Follies, which premieres at Chichester’s Minerva Theatre from 24 July – 26 August, directed by Dominic Cooke.

Based on the ground-breaking TV series written by Howard Schuman, with a book by Chloë Moss and  songs by Howard Schuman and Andy Mackay, this punchy new musical is a rousing, riotous rollercoaster of woman power!

Carly Bawden (as Anna), Angela Marie Hurst (as Dee) and Zizi Strallen (as Q) are joined by Stephenson Ardern-Sodje, Samuel BarnettBella Brown, Tamsin Carroll, Collette Guitart, Fred HaigPeter Houston, Matthew Malthouse, Antoine Murray-Straughan, Philippa Stefani, Sebastien Torkia and Harriet Watson.

Before the Spice Girls, Sugababes and The Saturdays…

It’s the 1970s and feminism is on the rise. Fed up with the male-dominated entertainment industry, Anna, Dee and Q take the future into their own hands and form a rock band – the ironically named ‘Little Ladies’. And so begins the musical helter-skelter ride of a lifetime. Can principles and ambition co-exist? And can their friendship survive in the dog-eat-dog world of rock?

Angela Marie Hurst’s West End credits include Tina: The Tina Turner MusicalThe Lion King and Motown the Musical.

Carly Bawden appeared in CFT’s Concert in the Park in 2021; her theatre credits include Julie Jordan inCarousel (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), Romantics Anonymous (Sam Wanamaker Playhouse), (National Theatre) and Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady (Sheffield Crucible).

Zizi Strallen previously appeared at Chichester in The Music Man (Festival 2008); her West End credits include the title role in Mary Poppins, for which she received anOlivier Award nomination, and the NT’s Follies.

Samuel Barnett’s stage credits include Olivier and Tony-nominated roles in The History Boys (also on film) and Twelfth Night; and on screen, The Lady in the Van and Twenty Twelve.

Tamsin Carroll appeared in Barnum during Chichester’s Festival 2013; recent credits include 2:22, Hex and Everybody’s Talking About Jamie in the West End.

Dominic Cooke is a former Artistic Director of the Royal Court; his recent work includes Medea (West End), Good (West End and NT Live), his multi award-winning production of Sondheim’s Follies (National Theatre), and on screen, The Courier.

The creative team for Rock Follies are: Nigel Lilley – Musical Supervisor, Arranger and Co-Orchestrator; Carrie-Anne Ingrouille – Choreographer; Vicki Mortimer – Set Designer;  Kinnetia Isidore – Costume Designer; Paule Constable – Lighting Designer; Ian Dickinson for Autograph – Sound Designer; Toby Higgins – Musical Director and Co-Orchestrator; Campbell Young Associates – Wigs, Hair & Make-Up Designer; Kate Waters – Fight Director;and Pippa Ailion CDG and Natalie Gallacher CDG – Casting Directors.

Rock Follies is based on the television series written by Howard Schuman from an original idea of the Rock Bottom Group (Diane Langton, Gaye Brown and Annabel Leventon) and Don Fraser.

Rock Follies was commissioned and developed by Fictionhouse, Longshot Films and Elpis Theatre Productions Ltd.

The production sponsor is ITD Consultants.

Songs used by kind permission of Universal Music Publishing.

Image: Seamus Ryan

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