The UK Premiere of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels will arrive at London’s Savoy Theatre in March 2014 starring Olivier, Tony and BAFTA award-winning actor Robert Lindsay (Me And My Girl, Becket, Oliver! and My Family) and comedian Rufus Hound (One Man, Two Guvnors, Celebrity Juice) as the comedy duo Lawrence Jameson and Freddy Benson. Katherine Kingsley joins the pair as Christine Colgate (A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Singin’ in the Rain).
Directed and choreographed by Tony Award-winning Jerry Mitchell (Kinky Boots, Legally Blonde) in his debut production for Jerry Mitchell Productions, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels has music and lyrics by David Yazbek and book by Jeffery Lane and will run at the Manchester Opera House (12–22 February) and Aylesbury Waterside Theatre (26 February–1 March) before arriving at the Savoy on 10 March 2014. The press night will be held on Wednesday, 2 April. Further casting will be announced shortly. Set and costume design will be by Olivier Award-winning Peter McKintosh.
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is based on the 1988 film starring Michael Caine and Steve Martin, directed by Frank Oz. It will be the UK premiere of this new production, which has been reconceived and reimagined for the UK stage.
Director and choreographer Mitchell commented: “With a sensational score and the incredible comic gift of Robert Lindsay, Rufus Hound and Katherine Kingsley, it will be an honour to bring this fabulous story to the West End.”
Lindsay added: “I went to see Kinky Boots on Broadway last week and was so blown away by the euphoria in the theatre that I was even more thrilled to be working with Jerry Mitchell. I have been waiting for the right musical to cross my path and feel like I have finally found it with Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. When I met the writers, they were so excited to be re-working the show for a UK audience, especially as there is a real sense of classic English humour in this production, so fitting for the Savoy Theatre!”
Composer and lyricist Yazbek’s musical writing for Broadway includes The Full Monty, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and Women On the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown. He was nominated for Tony Awards for all three productions. Librettist Jeffrey Lane is a multi-award winning writer who most recently collaborated with Yazbek on the musical version of Women On the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown. His work for Dirty Rotten Scoundrels earned him Tony and Drama Desk award nominations, as well as the Drama League Award for Best Musical.
Jerry Mitchell Productions is a partnership between the Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG) and Jerry Mitchell. The company will work to develop, create and produce new productions, focusing on a wide range of projects from new commissions to fresh versions of classic pieces for ATG Theatres in London, New York and around the world. Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is a co-production between the Ambassador Theatre Group, Jerry Mitchell Productions and Tulchin/Bartner Productions.
Mitchell has recently won a Tony Award for his choreography for Kinky Boots, the hit Broadway production that won Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Choreography, Best Original Score Music and/or Lyrics Written for the Theatre, Best Sound Design and Best Orchestrations. He made his Broadway and West End debuts as director and choreographer of Legally Blonde, which also ran at the Savoy Theatre.