Former Coronation Street villain Andrew Lancel will play one of musical theatre’s classic good guys, Captain Von Trapp, in Bill Kenwright’s popular touring production of the classic The Sound of Music.
The actor, who also starred in the hit TV series The Bill, has previously made his mark on stage in a number of other Kenwright touring productions including Twelve Angry Men. He appeared most recently in Epstein: The Man Who Made The Beatles in Liverpool and London and in The Dammed United at the West Yorkshire Playhouse.
Lancel will join Will.i.am’s protégé from last year’s The Voice, Lucy O’Byrne, who made her debut in the iconic role of Maria in Kenwright’s re-staging of the much loved Rodgers and Hammerstein musical in December.
The show, which will be back on the road from 18 May when it opens at the Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, will also feature Jan Hartley who returns to the role of Mother Abbess.
The cast also includes Duncan Smith, Isla Carter, Kane Verrall, Annie Horn, Zoe Ann Brown, Kate Scott, Tammy Davies, Jude Neill, Anouska Eaton, Jon de Ville, Pippa Winslow, Scott Ainslie, Piers Bate and Lewis Barnshaw.
The show will play the Waterside Theatre until 21 May before moving on to the Birmingham Hippodrome (24-28 May); Seven Theatre, Shrewsbury (31 May-11 June); Venue Cymru, Llandudno (14-28 June); Sunderland Empire (21-25 June); Blackpool Opera House (5-9 July); Cheltenham Everyman Theatre (12-23 July); Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury (25-30 July); Princess Theatre, Torquay (2-6 August); Hall for Cornwall, Truro (9-13 August); Bournemouth Pavilion Theatre (16-20 August); Swansea Grand Theatre (23-27 August); Oxford New Theatre (6-10 September); Plymouth Theatre Royal (13-17 September); Nottingham Theatre Royal (20-24 September); Dartford Orchard Theatre (27 September-1 October); Wolverhampton Grand Theatre (4-8 October); Leicester’s De Montfort Hall (11-15 October); and Norwich Theatre Royal (18-22 October).
Directed by Martin Connor and choreographed by Olivier Award winner Bill Deamer, with musical direction by David Steadman, the production coincides with the 50th anniversary of the much-loved film version.