Carly Bawden, Simon Lipkin, Mike McShane, Andy Nyman, David Roberts and Catherine Tate have been cast in Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman’s Assassins, directed by Jamie Lloyd, at the Menier Chocolate Factory from 21 November 2014 to 7 March 2015 (press night is 1 December). Public booking opens today (Monday 8 September).
Thirteen people have tried to kill the president of the United States. Four have succeeded. These murderers and would-be murderers are generally dismissed as maniacs and misfits who have little in common with each other, and nothing in common with the rest of us. Assassins suggests otherwise…
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).
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).
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).
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.
Further casting for Assassins will be announced shortly.