Broadway actor Aaron Tveit makes his UK stage debut in Jamie Lloyd’s major revival of Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman’s Assassins as part of the Menier Chocolate Factory’s ten-year anniversary season. He joins the already announced line-up of Carly Bawden, Simon Lipkin, Mike McShane, Andy Nyman, David Roberts and Catherine Tate, as do Stewart Clarke, Harry Morrison and Jamie Parker. The production opens on 1 December 2014, with previews from 21 November, and runs until 7 March 2015.
Tony nominated for his role on Broadway in Next to Normal, Tveit is currently starring in hit television police drama Graceland which is running on UK TV, and recently played Enjolras in the film version of Les Misérables.
One of the original History Boys, Jamie Parker joins the company fresh from playing Sky Masterson in the critically acclaimed Guys and Dolls at Chichester Festival Theatre, for which he is nominated for a UK Theatre Award. Assassins reunites Parker with his Guys and Dolls co-star Harry Morrison who played Nicely Nicely.
Aaron Tveit plays John Wilkes Booth. His Broadway theatre credits include Catch Me If You Can, Next to Normal (Helen Hayes Award – Outstanding Supporting Performance, Clarence Derwent Award for Most Promising Male Performer), Wicked and Hairspray. His Off-Broadway/regional credits include Rent (Hollywood Bowl, national tour,) and Hairspray.
Jamie Parker returns to the Menier Chocolate Factory to play Balladeer/Lee Harvey Oswald – he previously appeared in Proof. His other theatre work includes Guys and Dolls (2014 UK Theatre Award nomination), The Gondoliers and The Coffee House (all Chichester Festival Theatre), Cat On a Hot Tin Roof (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Henry V (Globe Theatre), King James Bible, The Revenger’s Tragedy, The History Boys (National Theatre) and Racing Demon (Sheffield Crucible).
Catherine Tate will play Sara Jane Moore. Theatre credits include Much Ado About Nothing (Wyndham’s), Season’s Greetings (National Theatre), Under the Blue Sky (Duke of York’s), Some Girls (Gielgud) and A Servant to Two Masters (RSC; New Ambassadors and international tour). Tate is known to television audiences for The Catherine Tate Show as well as Big School, Doctor Who and The Office (US). Tate will be appearing from 21 November to 8 February only.
Mike McShane will play Samuel Byck. His theatre credits include Little Shop of Horrors (Menier Chocolate Factory, Duke of York’s and Ambassadors), La Cage Aux Folles (Broadway), Tailor-Made Man (Arts), Marlon Brando’s Corset (Edinburgh Festival and tour).
Carly Bawden will play ‘Squeaky’ Fromme. Theatre credits include Dead Dog in a Suitcase, Tristan & Yseult and The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (Kneehigh Theatre), Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady (Sheffield Crucible), The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe (Kensington Gardens) and Pippin (Menier Chocolate Factory).
Stewart Clarke plays Giuseppe Zangara. His theatre work includes The Return of the Soldier (Jermyn Street Theatre), Cool Rider Live (Duchess Theatre), Ghost the Musical (UK tour) and Loserville (Garrick Theatre).
Simon Lipkin is The Proprietor. His recent theatre includes I Can’t Sing! – The X Factor Musical (Palladium), Rock of Ages (Shaftesbury) and Nicky and Trekkie in Avenue Q (Noel Coward Theatre).
Harry Morrison plays John Hinckley. His theatre credits include Guys and Dolls, Kiss Me, Kate (Chichester Festival Theatre), The Sound of Music, Crazy For You (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), Lend Me a Tenor (Theatre Royal, Plymouth) and The Wizard of Oz (Royal Festival Hall).
Andy Nyman has been cast in the role of Charles Guiteau. Theatre includes Abigail’s Party (Menier Chocolate Factory and Wyndham’s), Terrible Advice (Menier Chocolate Factory), Ghost Stories (Liverpool Everyman, Lyric Hammersmith and Duke of Yorks).
David Roberts will play Leon Czolgosz. Theatre includes Carl in Ghost the Musical (national tour), Mamma Mia! (international tour) and Aspects of Love (Menier Chocolate Factory).
Other cast announced today include Marc Akinfolarin, Greg Miller Burns and Melle Stewart as Bystanders.
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. Orchestrations are by Bruce Coughlin and hair and make-up design is by Richard Mawbey.