Noises Off casting as Mathew Horne & Tamzin Outhwaite to join Felicity Kendal

Theatre Royal Bath’s Noises Off Returns to the West End with Exciting Casting

Theatre Royal Bath’s widely acclaimed production of Michael Frayn’s uproarious farce, Noises Off, is all set to make its triumphant return to the West End in autumn 2023. The show has been a resounding success, garnering rave reviews during its previous run at the West End’s Phoenix Theatre earlier this year.

Meet the Stellar Cast

The cast for this production is brimming with talent and includes some familiar faces from both stage and screen. Joining the ensemble are Mathew Horne, known for his roles in Gavin & Stacey, Rain Man, and Pride, who will portray Garry Lejeune. Alongside him, we have Tamzin Outhwaite, recognized for her work in EastEnders, The Tower, and Sweet Charity, who will take on the role of Belinda Blair.

They will be joining the previously announced cast members: Felicity Kendal, best known for The Good Life, Relatively Speaking, and Hay Fever, will grace the stage as Dotty Otley. Jonathan Coy, with notable performances in Anatomy of a Scandal, Relatively Speaking, and Ink, will play Frederick Fellowes. Alexander Hanson, recognized for his roles in Killing Eve, Follies, and 42nd Street, will portray Lloyd Dallas.

Sasha Frost and Pepter Lunkuse, who have earned acclaim for their roles in His Dark Materials, Folk, Hamlet, and Nell Gwynn, will reprise their roles as Brooke Ashton and Poppy Norton-Taylor, respectively. Joining the ensemble is Oscar Batterham, whose credits include Richard III and The One That Got Away, taking on the role of Tim.

Stay tuned for further updates on the final casting announcements.

Reactions from the Cast

Felicity Kendal, in a press statement, expressed her delight at revisiting Noises Off and returning to the beautiful Theatre Royal Haymarket. Her enthusiasm for the production promises a stellar performance that theater enthusiasts won’t want to miss.

Mathew Horne, equally thrilled, exclaimed, “I am utterly and totally thrilled to join the now legendary company and production of this masterpiece of a play. I’m celebrating my return to the West End with sardines!” With such excitement from the cast, audiences can expect an energetic and memorable show.

A Success Story

Theatre Royal Bath’s production of Noises Off received widespread acclaim during its initial run, leaving audiences in stitches with its hilarity and impeccable performances. The play’s brilliant writing by Michael Frayn, combined with the directorial finesse of Lindsay Posner (known for God of Carnage and Hay Fever), creates a captivating experience that keeps theatergoers coming back for more.

The show’s success continued when it took the West End by storm at the Phoenix Theatre, where it received glowing reviews from critics and theater enthusiasts alike. Its popularity and demand have paved the way for its much-anticipated return to the West End at the prestigious Theatre Royal Haymarket.

The Creative Team Behind the Magic

Behind every successful production lies a team of dedicated and creative minds, and Noises Off is no exception. The play’s design, brought to life by Simon Higlett, sets the stage with a visual feast. Paul Pyant’s lighting design adds depth and atmosphere to the performances. The sound design by Greg Clarke, complemented by Will Stuart’s composition, ensures the perfect auditory experience for the audience.

Ruth Cooper-Brown’s expertise as the Movement and Fight Director guarantees that the on-stage chaos and physical comedy are executed flawlessly. George Jibson, as Associate Director, contributes to refining the performances and enhancing the overall impact of the production. Ginny Schiller’s meticulous casting ensures that the right actors bring each character to life, resulting in an unforgettable ensemble.

Mark Your Calendars

Noises Off is set to grace the stage at the Theatre Royal Haymarket for a 12-week season, running from 27th September to 16th December 2023. With such a stellar cast and a creative team dedicated to perfection, this promises to be a theatrical event that will leave audiences laughing and applauding with enthusiasm.

Final Thoughts

Noises Off’s return to the West End is a celebration of theatrical excellence, showcasing the brilliance of Michael Frayn’s writing and the dedication of the entire creative team and cast. As the anticipation builds, theater enthusiasts are eagerly booking their tickets to secure their spot for this unforgettable theatrical experience.

So, mark your calendars and get ready to be a part of the laughter and chaos that ensues when Noises Off takes the stage at the Theatre Royal Haymarket. With a star-studded cast, impeccable direction, and witty humor, this production promises to be a theatrical journey like no other. Don’t miss your chance to witness this masterpiece of a play in all its comedic glory! Book your tickets now and get ready for an unforgettable night of laughter and entertainment.

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Antony Costa Joins the Cast of Mamma Mia! The Party at The O2

The highly anticipated theatrical dining experience, Mamma Mia! The Party, is set to get a fresh burst of energy with the addition of a new cast member. Antony Costa, the talented singer-songwriter and actor from the popular boyband Blue, is all set to take the stage at The O2 as Nikos.

A Star-Studded New Cast

Antony Costa will be joined by a stellar new cast, each bringing their own flair to the show. Rosemary Annabella Nkrumah, known for her role in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, will play Debbie. Jacob Dachtler, who wowed audiences in Halls The Musical, will take on the role of Adam. Sarah Drake, recognized for her performances in From Here to Eternity, will portray Nina.

The cast also includes Adam Redford as Ruben/Swing, Emanuel Alba as Carlos/Swing, Deschenes Graham as Joyce/Swing, Lucy-Anne Stacey as Sue/Swing, and Gemma McLean as Kate (at certain performances), adding depth and talent to the already impressive lineup.

The Show Must Go On

The new cast is set to start performances on 31 August 2023, and they are thrilled to be joining the existing cast members. The show will see Molly Cleere as Konstantina, Kimberly Powell as Kate (at certain performances), Dawn Spence as Grandma, Oscar Balmaseda as Fernando, Robban Hogstrom as Robin/Swing, and Claudia Bradley as Loretta/Swing. Rosie Rowlands and Allie Ho Chee will be sharing the role of Bella.

The musical extravaganza will be accompanied by talented musicians, including John Donovan, Luke Higgins, Kathryn Tindall, Steve Rushton, and Luke Roberts, ensuring that every note and rhythm comes to life.

A Dream Come True for Antony Costa

Antony Costa expressed his excitement and gratitude for being part of Mamma Mia! The Party. As a massive ABBA fan himself, he is eagerly looking forward to immersing himself in the world that Björn Ulvaeus and Sandi Toksvig have masterfully crafted. His enthusiasm promises an electrifying performance that ABBA fans will cherish.

From Blue to the Stage

Antony Costa rose to fame in 2000 as one-fourth of the sensational boyband Blue, along with Lee Ryan, Simon Webbe, and Duncan James. The band captured hearts worldwide and sold an impressive 15 million records. In 2003, Blue received the prestigious Brit Award for Best British Pop Act, solidifying their position in the music industry.

In addition to his musical success, Antony Costa has made his mark in the world of theater with leading roles in various productions. Some of his notable theater credits include Blood Brothers (West End), Boogie Nights (UK Tour), Rock of Ages (UK Tour), Zorro (Hope Mill Theatre), The Cat and The Canary (UK Tour), Popstars: The Musical (UK Tour), Aladdin (De Montfort Hall, Leicester), and Beauty and the Beast (Grand Opera House, York).

An Unforgettable Evening at The O2

Mamma Mia! The Party, with music and lyrics by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus (with some songs co-written by Stig Anderson), weaves a captivating story crafted by Calle Norlén, Roine Söderlundh, and Björn Ulvaeus, with an English book by the renowned writer, comedian, and broadcaster Sandi Toksvig.

The event offers an immersive experience like no other, bringing ABBA’s timeless hits to life in the most vibrant and engaging manner. Over the course of four glittering hours, guests get to indulge in a spectacular musical extravaganza, savor a delectable four-course Greek feast, and dance the night away at the ABBA disco, making it a truly unforgettable evening of entertainment.

A Spectacular Production

The London version of Mamma Mia! The Party first opened its doors in Stockholm in January 2016, and since then, it has been an extraordinary success, captivating audiences with its enchanting storytelling and memorable performances.

The show is co-directed and choreographed by Stacey Haynes and Roine Söderlundh, who bring their artistic vision to life. The set design by Bengt Fröderberg sets the perfect stage for the magical experience, while Patrick Woodroffe’s lighting design adds an extra layer of brilliance to the show. The sound design by Gareth Owen ensures that every note resonates with the audience, and the costumes designed by Annsofi Nyberg create a visual feast for the eyes.

Music supervision by Robin Svensson and casting by David Grindrod CDG for Grindrod Burton Casting guarantee that every aspect of the production is nothing short of perfection.

Secure Your Spot at The O2

Mamma Mia! The Party has been a roaring success at The O2, and the new cast’s addition promises to make it an even more memorable and delightful experience for theater enthusiasts. The show is currently booking up to 3 March 2024, giving fans ample opportunities to be a part of this captivating theatrical event.

Don’t miss your chance to witness Antony Costa and the talented cast of Mamma Mia! The Party in action at The O2. Book your tickets now for an enchanting evening of music, laughter, and dancing as ABBA’s iconic songs come to life on stage like never before.

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