Hannah Grover (Annabelle/ Sherry Mendez/ Sarah Arkwright), Gloria Onitiri (Deadpan Dolores/ Patty Keller), Marc Pickering (Doc Murphy/ Miles Rovak/ Harvey Stern), Michael Steedon (Sheriff Lavers / Jacob Arkwright/ Steve Loomas) and Sebastien Torkia (Al Wheeler) start rehearsals today, 13 June, for The Stripper, playing at the St. James Studio from 7 July to 13 August 2016, with press night on 11 July at 8pm. Full cast biographies can be found below.
Based on the pulp fiction story by Carter Brown, with music and lyrics by The Rocky Horror Show creators Richard Hartley and Richard O’Brien, The Stripper will be directed by Benji Sperring (The Toxic Avenger) with set and costume design by Tim Shortall, choreography by Lucie Pankhurst, musical direction and arrangement by Alex Beetschen and lighting design by Nick Farman. The Stripper is produced by Niall Bailey and Chris Wheeler for Scala Theatre Ltd.
The production is sponsored by Vivien of Holloway, who will supply a number of 1960’s inspired costumes. Vivien of Holloway, one of the longest running and most well-known vintage reproduction brands in the world, are five times winner of best repro brand at the London Vintage Awards and one of ES Magazine’s top 50 boutiques in London.
The year is 1961, the place is Pine City, California, and some broad is threatening to throw herself off the top of the fanciest hotel in town. There’s trouble brewing and Lieutenant Al Wheeler wants answers. First stop, Club Extravaganza where we meet delectable Deadpan Dolores. Her name says it all… she’s not shy, so what’s she hiding? As Wheeler is thrust into a sleazy underworld of strip-joints and lost lonely hearts, the truth isn’t the only thing he uncovers.
The Stripper was first staged at the Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch on 28 August 2009.
THE STRIPPER plays at St James Studio Thursday 7 July – Saturday 13 August 2016