Following critical acclaim at the Savoy Theatre, the Chichester Festival Theatre revival of Guys and Dolls will be extending its run at the Phoenix Theatre from 19 March 2016. Casting for the West End extension includes multiple Olivier Award-winning actress Samantha Spiro (Hello, Dolly!) as Miss Adelaide, Richard Kind (Disney/Pixar’s BAFTA award-wining Inside Out) as Nathan Detroit and Oliver Tompsett (Wicked) as Sky Masterson. Continuing in their roles from the Savoy to the Phoenix Theatre are Siubhan Harrison as Sarah Brown, and Gavin Spokes as Nicely Nicely Johnson.
Completing the new cast at the Phoenix are Billy Boyle as Arvide and Jason Pennycooke as Benny, with the rest of the cast transferring from the Savoy Theatre: Lucy Jane Adcock, Abigail Brodie, Cornelius Clarke, Momar Diagne, Lavinia Fitzpatrick, Lorna Gale, Nic Greenshields, Selina Hamilton, Frankie Jenna, Alec Mann, Jacob Maynard, Genevieve Nicole, William Oxborrow, Max Parker, Carl Patrick, James Revell, Giovanni Spano, Jonathan Stewart, Lucie Mae Sumner and Liam Wrate.
Richard Kind plays Nathan Detroit. Theatre credits include Drama Desk Award winner and Tony nominee for the Broadway hit, The Big Knife, The Producers (Broadway), The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife, Candide, and Bounce, among others. Kind started his career in Chicago with the Practical Theatre Company, founded by Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Brad Hill and Gary Kroeger. Film credits include 2013 Academy Award-winning Best Picture Argo, Inside Out, Hereafter, A Serious Man, The Visitor, The Station Agent, A Bug’s Life and Cars.
Samantha Spiro plays Miss Adelaide. Theatre credits include A Christmas Carol (Noël Coward Theatre), Di and Viv and Rose (Vaudeville Theatre), Kafka’s Dick (Theatre Royal Bath), Macbeth (Shakespeare’s Globe), The Taming of the Shrew (Shakespeare’s Globe), Filumena (Almeida Theatre), Company (Sheffield Crucible), Chicken Soup With Barley (Royal Court Theatre), winner of Best Actress in a Musical, Olivier Awards 2010 in Hello, Dolly! (Regent’s Park), Much Ado About Nothing (Regent’s Park), Twelfth Night (Donmar Warehouse and The Wyndhams Warehouse), Funny Girl (Chichester Festival), The Family Plays (Royal Court Theatre), Two Thousand Years (Royal National Theatre), A Little Night Music (Chicago Shakespeare’s Theatre), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Crucible, Sheffield), Bedroom Farce (Aldwych Theatre), winner of Best Actress in a Musical, Olivier Awards 2001 in Merrily We Roll Along (Donmar Warehouse), As You Like It (Crucible/Lyric), Jumpers (Birmingham Rep), Cleo, Camping, Emmanuelle and Dick (Royal National Theatre), Roots (Watford Palace/Oxford), As You Like It (West Yorkshire Playhouse/Bristol Old Vic), Teechers (Hull Truck/Tour), On the Piste (Hull Truck), How the Other Half Loves (Theatre Royal, Windsor), Glyn & ‘IT’ (Yvonne Arnaud/Tour), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (London Stage Group, Middle East tour), Tons of Money (Mercury Theatre, Colchester).
Oliver Tompsett plays Sky Masterson. Theatre credits include Galileo in We Will Rock You (Dominion Theatre), Drew Boley in the original London cast of Rock of Ages (Shaftesbury Theatre), Fiyero in Wicked (Apollo Victoria Theatre), White Christmas (West Yorkshire Playhouse), The World Goes Round (St James Theatre), The Royal Hunt of the Sun (Royal National Theatre), Cats (Cyprus), Mamma Mia! (Prince of Wales Theatre), Our House (Cambridge Theatre), Kismet (Arcola Theatre), Over My Shoulder (Wyndhams Theatre) and Tony in West Side Story (Canizzaro Park Festival).
The West End production opens 19 March at the Phoenix Theatre and is booking until 30 October, while a new UK tour of Guys and Dolls will run simultaneously, opening in Liverpool on 16 March and touring throughout the UK until 30 July, closing in Woking.
This hugely popular and multi award-winning musical (music and lyrics by Frank Loesser, book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows), based on the colourful stories by American journalist Damon Runyon renowned for his vivid fictional depictions of the gamblers, hustlers and nightclub singers of New York, features some of Broadway’s greatest musical numbers. Guys and Dolls is directed by Gordon Greenberg, with choreography by Cuban dancer and former Royal Ballet star Carlos Acosta and Andrew Wright whose credits include Chichester Festival Theatre’s Singin’ in the Rain.
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