Dick Whittington Casting News
After last year’s triumphant production of Cinderella, bringing Pantomime back to The London Palladium, the returning cast have been announced for this festive period’s show, Dick Whittington!
Due to the success of last year’s fantastic cast, a few familiar faces will return. Julian Clary who played Dandini in Cinderella will return as the ‘Spirit of the Bells’. Paul Zerdin, and his puppet Sam will play Idle Jack. And finally, Nigel Havers will return for this pantomime season as Captain Nigel.
Dick Whittington is the classic story of a young orphan’s journey to London to seek fame and fortune, all he has in the world is his beloved cat Tommy but when they arrive in London they quickly discover that the streets are NOT paved with gold. Opening on Saturday the 9th of December, it’s the perfect Christmas treat for the whole family, we can’t wait for a bit of Dick this Christmas. So grab you’re tickets now because they are sure to sell out quick… Tickets from just £22.50!
Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein Casting News
This week we’ve also been treated to the initial casting of Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein. We have been massively excited for this since it was announced this January (They sent us sweets and everything). We are on pins and needles now though with the announcement of the cast for this musical adaption of Mel Brook’s classic comedy.
The laugh out loud Geordie comedian, Ross Noble, will play the bug-eyed hunchback assistant, Igor, who was masterfully played by Monty Python‘s Marty Feldman in the 1974 original.
Joining Noble will be Birds of a Feather star and 2016 Strictly Come Dancing competitor, Lesley Joseph. She will play the strict house keeper Frau Blucher, a role made famous by the brilliant Cloris Leachman.
Leading the pack and bringing Dr Frederik Frankenstein (IT’S FRONKEN-STEEN) to life will be West-End superstar Hadley Fraser who previously played antagonist Javert in Les Miserables from 2011-12. In the original film, the role was famously played by the late comedy legend Gene Wilder.
Fraser is not the only West End actor to be named in the initial casting of the show, alongside him will be Dianne Pilkington (Wicked) Summer Strallen (Top Hat, The Sound Of Music) and Patrick Clancy (The Producers, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream coat).
Based on the hilarious 1974 film and co-written with Thomas Meehan, Mel Brooks will once again collaborate (last time for The Producers) with Broadway director and choreographer Susan Stroman for this all-singing all-dancing new production, bringing his and Gene Wilder’s classic movie to life on stage.
What do you think about the new casting? If you could adapt your favourite film to the stage who would you cast? Let us know on Facebook or Twitter @SeeTheatre.
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