New Union Theatre patrons Ruthie Henshall and Stephen Mear back The Fix

Stephen and Ruthie

New Union Theatre patrons Stephen Mear and Ruthie Henshall. Pictures: Darren Bell

New Union Theatre patrons, West End leading lady Ruthie Henshall and award-winning choreographer Stephen Mear, joined the cast and crew of Atomicus Entertainment’s production of The Fix to promote the first show to play the state-of-the-art theatre space.

Commenting on her decision to take on the role of patron at the new Union, Henshall said: “The success of Off-West End theatres is vital to the future of the industry as a whole. The most exciting new ideas, skills and talent are found in venues just like the Union which is why I am so proud to be their new patron. Over the years it has captivated audiences with imaginative and stimulating programming. Now, as the company moves into its beautiful new home – and with an electrifying first production in director Michael Strassen’s The Fix – the future of The Union – and London theatre – has never looked brighter.”

Fellow new patron, Mear said: “The Union Theatre has brought to the fore such an amazing array of productions, encouraging innovative ideas and nurturing them into new and exciting projects that reach into the hearts of the audience. They provide opportunities and encouragement to newly graduating performers and creatives. I personally would like to thank the Union for inspiring so many, and providing such an invaluable learning platform and springboard for the next generation, in order for the tremendous imaginative and creative work to continue within such a wonderfully diverse industry.”

(Left to Right) Alexander Parker, Paul Callen, Lucy Williamson, Sasha Regan, Stephen Mear, Michael Strassen, Fra Fee and Ruthie Henshall

(Left to right), The Fix cast and production team: Alexander Parker, Paul Callen, Lucy Williamson, Sasha Regan, Stephen Mear, Michael Strassen, Fra Fee and Ruthie Henshall

Set in the world of US politics and directed by Strassen (Billy, Assassins and Pacific Overtures), The Fix features a book and lyrics by John Dempsey and music by Dana P. Rowe, the team behind the stage adaptation of John Updike’s The Witches of Eastwick.

West End regulars Fra Fee, Lucy Williamson and Madalena Alberto are to star in the production.

Fee (As You Like It, Putting It Together) takes on the central role of Cal Chandler, the presidential hopeful’s son forced onto the political battlefield after his father dies. Williamson (Call Me Madam, Stepping Out) co-stars as Cal’s power-hungry mother.

The principal cast also features Madalena Alberto (War of the Worlds, Cats) and Ken Christiansen (The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, Pacific Overtures).

Further casting includes: Kate Parr, Peter Saul Blewden, Alastair Hill, Sam Barrett, Francesca Leyland, Laura Bryars, Daryl Armstrong and Rhys Benjamin.

The Fix will open for a four-week run at the new Union Theatre from Wednesday 13 July (press night is 15 July).

Angela Thomas


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