Cast announced for David Walliams’ THE BOY IN THE DRESS at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre

Casting kicks off with the first announcement 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 Artistic Director Gregory Doran.

Rufus Hound plays Dennis’ dad; Irvine Iqbal plays Raj, the shopkeeper; Natasha Lewis plays Dennis’ best friend Darvesh’s mum, and Forbes Masson plays Mr Hawtrey, the headmaster from Dennis’ school.

Rufus recently appeared with the RSC in The Provoked Wife and Don Quixote. His other theatre work includes Dusty (Tour); Present Laughter (Chichester); Wind in the Willows (Palladium Theatre); What the Butler Saw (Leicester Curve); The Wars of the Roses (Rose Theatre Kingston); Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Savoy Theatre); Neville’s Island, Present Laughter (Chichester); One Man Two Guv’nors (National Theatre/West End); Utopia (Soho Theatre).

Irvine Iqbal is making his RSC debut. His previous theatre work includes Broken Wings (Theatre Royal Haymarket); Aladdin – The Musical (Prince Edward Theatre); Branded (Criterion Theatre); Bend It Like Beckham (Phoenix Theatre); World of Walliams (Harper Collins Publisher Ltd); Mr Stink (UK tour); Little Shop of Horrors (Jersery Opera House).

Natasha Lewis was last on the RSC stages in 2018’s original musical Miss Littlewood. Her other theatre includes Brassed Off (New Vic Theatre); Call Me Fury (Alchymy Festival, Oxford); Aladdin (Hackney Empire); Priscilla Queen of the Desert/Cinderella (Queens Theatre, Hornchurch); Peter Pan in Scarlet (New Vic Theatre/Oxford Playhouse); Our House – The Madness Musical (UK tour); Dick Whittington & His Cat (Cheltenham Everyman Theatre); Little Shop of Horrors, Rope & Dear Brutus (Pitlochry Festival Theatre).

Forbes Masson is an RSC Associate Artist whose previous work with them includes As You Like It, Romeo and Juliet, Ahasauerus, Morte d’Arthur, A Tender Thing, The Grain Store, Henry V, Henry IV Part II, Henry VI Part I, II & III, Richard II, Richard III, Twelfth Night, The Comedy of Errors, Macbeth, Hamlet, Pilate. His other theatre work includes Bartholomew Fair, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Boudica (Shakespeare’s Globe); Summer and Smoke, Doctor Faustus (Duke of York’s); Little Shop of Horrors (Regents Park Open Air Theatre).

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 Manchester Royal Exchange’s production of West Side Story – the first professional UK staging to feature new choreography.


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