Casting has been revealed for the world premiere of Birmingham Repertory Theatre’s production of Nativity! The Musical opening at the Rep on Friday 20 October 2017.
Daniel Boys will play Paul Maddens, Sarah Earnshaw is Jennifer Lore and Simon Lipkin plays Mr Poppy. They will be joined by Andy Barke, Jamie Chapman, Jemma Churchill, Gary Davis and Katia Sartini. Further casting is to be announced soon.
Following the run in Birmingham, the show will play Southend Cliffs Pavilion, Sheffield Lyceum, Manchester Palace, Plymouth Theatre Royal, a London season at the Hammersmith Eventim Apollo and a Christmas season at Leeds Grand Theatre.
Writer and director Debbie Isitt said: “I am absolutely delighted to be working with this incredibly talented and hilariously funny musical theatre cast who are going to be brilliant in Nativity! The Musical. It truly will be an emotionally soaring, feel-good experience with beautiful singing and amazing choreography.”
Daniel Boys most recently appeared in The Boys in the Band at the West End’s Vaudeville Theatre. His other West End credits include Avenue Q at both the Gielgud and Noel Coward theatres, Sweeney Todd at the Royal Festival Hall, Grease at the Victoria Palace, Spamalot at the Playhouse and Rent at the Prince of Wales.
Sarah Earnshaw was in the original London cast of Wicked at the Apollo Victoria playing the leading role of Glinda on many occasions. Her other West End credits include Scrooge at the London Palladium and Spamalot at the Playhouse.
Simon Lipkin played Nicky and Trekkie Monster in the original London cast of Avenue Q at the Noel Coward Theatre and was most recently seen in the West End as Nathan Detroit in Guys and Dolls at the Phoenix Theatre. His other West End credits include Lonny in the original London cast of Rock of Ages, Barlow in I Can’t Sing at the London Palladium, the title role in The Lorax at the Old Vic Theatre and Assassins at the Menier Chocolate Factory.
Written and Directed by Isitt, with music and lyrics by Nicky Ager and Isitt, Nativity! The Musical is choreographed by Andrew Wright, designed by David Woodhead, with lighting design by Tim Mitchell, sound design by Tom Marshall and musical supervision and orchestrations by George Dyer.
The Nativity! film series is one of the most popular UK Christmas film franchises of recent years. Written and directed by the BAFTA award-winning Isitt and produced by Nick Jones through Mirrorball Films and distributed in the UK by eOne, Nativity!, Nativity 2 – Danger in the Manger and Nativity 3 Dude Where’s My Donkey?! have all gone on to reach top box office positions on theatrical release and sold nearly 2 million DVDs.
Nativity! The Musical is presented by Jamie Wilson, Entertainment One (eOne), Ramin Sabi and the Belgrade Theatre Coventry.