Assassins – Michael Xavier and Anna Francolini join cast

Michael Xavier, soon to be seen in The Pajama Game in the West End, also hosted the stage at Covent Garden Piazza

Michael Xavier will take over the role of John Wilkes Booth in Assassins at the Menier. Picture: Vivienne Vincent

Michael Xavier and Anna Francolini are joining the cast of Jamie Lloyd’s production of Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman’s Assassins at London’s Menier Chocolate Factory from 10 February.

Xavier takes over the role of John Wilkes Booth from Aaron Tveit. The latter is leaving the run due to a change in his schedule for the TV series Graceland.

Anna Francolini will play Sara Jane Moore, with Catherine Tate returning to the role on 24 February to complete the run at the Menier. Tate has to fulfil pre-contractual filming commitments and therefore will leave the role for two weeks.

Michael Xavier’s theatre credits include The Pajama Game (Shaftesbury Theatre), The Sound of Music, Into the Woods (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), Hello, Dolly! (Curve), Soho Cinders (Soho Theatre), Wonderful Town (Royal Exchange), Love Story (Minerva and Duchess Theatre), Oklahoma! (Chichester Festival Theatre), Spamalot (Palace Theatre), The Phantom of the Opera (Her Majesty’s Theatre) and My Fair Lady (Theatre Royal Drury Lane).

Anna Francolini’s theatre work includes Our Town (Almeida Theatre), The Day We Sang, A View From the Bridge (Royal Exchange), Mare Rider (Arcola Theatre), Victor Victoria (Southwark Playhouse), Caroline, or Change (National Theatre) and Merrily We Roll Along and Company (Donmar Warehouse).

Director Jamie Lloyd’s most recent credits include Richard III with Martin Freeman (Trafalgar Studios), Urinetown (St James and Apollo) and The Commitments (Palace Theatre).

Set and costume design is by Soutra Gilmour, lighting design is by Neil Austin, sound design is by Gregory Clarke and Alan Williams is musical supervisor/director.


Assassins continues at the Menier Chocolate Factory until 7 March 2015.

Readers may also be interested in:

Assassins – Menier Chocolate Factory – Review

Interview – Carly Bawden and Simon Lipkin on Assassins at the Menier


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