Full casting is announced for The Boy in the Dress, the Royal Shakespeare Company’s (RSC) new musical, which runs in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre from 8 November.
David Walliams’ heart-warming comedy telling the story of star striker and fashion lover Dennis comes to the stage for the first time in a musical adapted by former RSC writer-in-residence Mark Ravenhill, with new songs from Robbie Williams and Guy Chambers, directed by RSC Artistic Director Gregory Doran.
Twice Olivier nominated actor Charlotte Wakefield will take on the role of Miss Windsor. Charlotte joins the previously announced cast of Rufus Hound (Dennis’ dad); Irvine Iqbal (Raj, the shopkeeper); Natasha Lewis (Dennis’ best friend Darvesh’s mum), and Forbes Masson (Mr Hawtrey, the headmaster from Dennis’ school).
The role of Dennis will be played by Oliver Crouch, Jackson Laing, Tom Lomas and Toby Mocrei.
Darvesh, Dennis’ best friend, will be played by Ethan Dattani, Shivain Kara-Patel, Kassian Shae Ahktar and Arjun Singh Khakh.
Asha Banks, Tabitha Knowles and Miriam Nyarko will play Lisa James, Dennis’ fashion-savvy friend, while Alfie Jukes and Zachary Loonie will play his older brother John.
Other cast includes David Birch (Maudlin Street Captain), Hannah Fairclough (ensemble), Max Gill (Big Mac), Ahmed Hamad (ensemble), Ryan Heenan (Rory), Charlotte Jaconelli (Lorna), Alim Jayda (ensemble), Christina Modestou (Miss Bresslaw), Alexander Moneypenny (Gareth), Clancy Ryan (ensemble), Cilla Silvia (ensemble), Jack Anthony Smart (Swing), Ben Thompson (Oddbod), Jamie Tyler (St Kenneth’s Captain), Georgie Westall (Swing) and Grace Wylde (Louise).
The production is designed by Robert Jones, an Associate Artist of the RSC whose credits include: Othello, Romeo and Juliet, The Merchant of Venice, The Herbal Bed, Venus and Adonis, Twelfth Night, Hamlet, Henry VIII (and New York) and The Winter’s Tale.
Choreography is by Aletta Collins. Formerly an Associate Artist of the Royal Opera House Aletta has worked on a wide array of theatrical productions as choreographer and director, most recently as choreographer for the Old Vic’s production of A Very Expensive Poison, and before that for the Manchester Royal Exchange’s production of West Side Story – the first professional UK staging to feature new choreography.
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