A sparkling new production of The Wedding Singer, the hilarious musical based on the hit film, will tour the UK in 2017 opening on Friday 10 February at Leicester Curve.
Stepping back in time and starring in the biggest party in town are Jon Robyns (Robbie Hart), Ray Quinn (Glen), Cassie Compton (Julia), Roxanne Pallett (Holly), Ruth Madoc (Grandma Rosie), Barbara Rafferty (Grandma Rosie in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Inverness), Nadia Forde (Linda in Dublin), Samuel Holmes (George), Tara Verloop (Linda), Paris Green, Hannah Jay-Allen, Susie Fenwick, Helen Walsh, Eamonn Cox, Simon Anthony, Ainsley Hall-Ricketts, Andrew Carthy, Mark Pearce, Ryan-Lee Seager and Erin Bell. Final cast to be announced.
West End and Musical Theatre star Jon Robyns plays Robbie Hart. Most recently he starred in Legally Blonde as Emmett Forrest and in Sister Act as Eddie Souther; other theatre credits include Enjolras in Les Misérables, Spamalot, Memphis and Avenue Q.
He is joined on stage by British singer-songwriter Ray Quinn as Glen who shot to fame as the runner-up in ITV1’s The X Factor in 2006 and as champion of Dancing on Ice in 2009. In 2014 he won Dancing on Ice: Champion of Champions. His theatre credits include Danny Zuko in Grease (West End), Dirty Dancing (West End) and Legally Blonde (UK Tour).
West End leading lady and X Factor finalist Cassie Compton plays Julia; her roles include Jean in American Psycho (Almeida, London) and Eponine in Les Misérables. Playing best friend Holly, Roxanne Pallett is perhaps best known for her long-standing role as Jo in ITV’s Emmerdale. She has also appeared in Waterloo Road and Casualty on screen and in The Rocky Horror Picture Show, The Vagina Monologues and John Godber’s On The Piste on stage.
No stranger to stage and screen, comedy veteran Ruth Madoc will star as Grandma Rosie. Ruth became a household name in the Eighties when she played Gladys Pugh in BBC comedy series Hi-De-Hi! More recently we’ve seen her on screen in ITV’s Benidorm, Mount Pleasant (Sky) and Stella (Sky).
Much-loved Scottish actress Barbara Rafferty joins the company in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Inverness as Grandma Rosie. Barbara is perhaps best known for playing Ella Cotter in Rab C Nesbitt and as Shirley Henderson in BBC Scotland drama River City. Her other television credits include Granma Mainland CBBC hit show Katie Morag, Hamish MacBeth and Shetland.
Playing Linda especially for the Dublin run is leading television personality, singer and actress Nadia Forde. Nadia is best known for her television shows Nadia Goes To Hollywood, Nadia Chasing: Chasing the Dream and TV3’s Celebrity Salon as well as RTE’s Republic of Telly and I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here!
Samuel Holmes (Mrs Henderson Presents, West End) will play George. Tara Verloop (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Dirty Dancing in the West End) will play Linda.
It’s 1985. Hair is huge, greed is good and rock-star wannabe Robbie Hart is New Jersey’s favourite wedding singer. When his own fiancée dumps him at the altar a seriously bummed out Robbie makes every wedding as disastrous as his own.
Can sweet natured Julia and her best friend Holly lure Robbie out of the dumpster and back into the limelight? Or is he going to see her head off down the aisle with Wall Street bad boy Glen. Only Grandma Rosie seems to be able to see that Robbie and Julia are the couple that are meant to be.
The Wedding Singer 2017 UK Tour is Directed and Choreographed by Nick Winston. Set and Costumes are by Francis O’Connor. Musical Supervision is by Sarah Travis with Musical Direction and Orchestration by George Dyer. Lighting Design is by Ben Cracknell with Sound Design by Richard Brooker. Video Design is by Jack Henry James and Casting by Jim Arnold. The Wedding Singer is produced by Dan Looney, Paulden Hall Productions, Tom O’Connell, Jason Haigh-Ellery and Tim Lawson.
Don’t miss your chance to join the party of the year – with a musical that promises to get you up dancing faster than your Dad at a wedding, The Wedding Singer is packed with songs which capture all the fun and energy of the Adam Sandler smash hit film.
THE WEDDING SINGER – 2017 UK TOUR DATES
Friday 9 – Saturday 18 February
Box Office: 0116 242 3595
Leicester, Curve Theatre
Tuesday 21 – Saturday 25 February
Box Office: 0844 871 3022
Monday 27 February – Saturday 4 March
Box Office: 029 2087 8889
Cardiff, New Theatre
**ON SALE SOON Tuesday 7 – Saturday 11 March
Box Office: 00353 1 677 7999
Dublin, Bord Gáis Energy Theatre
Tuesday 21 – Saturday 25 March
Box Office: 01322 220000
Dartford, Orchard Theatre
Tuesday 28 March – Saturday 1 April
Box Office: 01223 357 851
Cambridge Corn Exchange
Tuesday 4 – Saturday 8 April
Box Office: 023 8071 1811
Southampton, Mayflower Theatre
Tuesday 11 – Saturday 15 April
Box Office: 028 9024 1919
Belfast, Grand Opera House
**ON SALE SOON Tuesday 18 – Saturday 2 April
Box Office: 0844 871 7648
Glasgow, King’s Theatre
**ON SALE SOON Tuesday 25 – Saturday 29 April
Box Office: 01274 432000
Tuesday 9 – Saturday 13 May
Box Office: 0115 989 5555
Nottingham, Theatre Royal
Monday 15 – Saturday 20 May
Box Office: 0844 871 3018
Manchester, Opera House
Tuesday 23 – Saturday 27 May
Box Office: 0844 871 3011
Birmingham, Alexandra Theatre
Tuesday 30 – Saturday 3 June
Box Office: 0844 871 3017
**ON SALE SOON Tuesday 6 – Saturday 10 June
Box Office: 0131 529 6000
Edinburgh, King’s Theatre
Tuesday 20 – Saturday 24 June
Box Office: 01224 641122
Aberdeen, His Majesty’s Theatre
Tuesday 27 June- Saturday 1 July
Box Office: 01463 234 234
Inverness, Eden Court
Tuesday 11 – Saturday 15 July
Box Office: 01494 512 000
High Wycombe, Swan Theatre
Tuesday 25 – Saturday 29 July
Box Office: 01492 872000
Llandudno, Venue Cymru
Tuesday 1 – Saturday 5 August
Box Office: 020 3285 6000
Bromley, Churchill Theatre
**ON SALE SOON Tuesday 8 – Saturday 12 August
Box Office: 01752 267222
Theatre Royal, Plymouth
**ON SALE SOON Tuesday 5 – Saturday 9 September
Box Office: 01892 530613
Tunbridge Wells, Assembly Hall Theatre
Tuesday 12 – Saturday 16 September
Box Office: 01743 281281
Shrewsbury, Theatre Severn
Tuesday 19 – Saturday 23 September
Box Office: 01792 475715
Swansea, Grand Theatre
Tuesday 26 – Saturday 30 September
Box Office: 023 9282 8282
Portsmouth, King’s Theatre
Photo: Darren Bell