Comedian Ross Noble will take a break from his successful stand-up career to play Igor in Mel Brooks’ musical Young Frankenstein which will receive its West End premiere at London’s Garrick Theatre in the autumn.
Prior to the announcement of his casting, the popular and award-winning comedian revealed on his Twitter feed that his ‘new job’ was something that “as a lad I dreamed of getting to do”. Following confirmation of his involvement, Noble tweeted his delight at working with Brooks alongside a picture of the two together. He commented: “Working with Mel Brooks is as big a treat any comedy fan could ask for.”
Noble will take to the stage alongside Hadley Fraser (Les Misérables) who will play Dr Frederick Frankenstein and Birds of a Feather’s Lesley Joseph (Annie UK tour) who will take on the role of housekeeper Frau Blucher.
Key roles will also be played by Dianne Pilkington (Wicked), Summer Strallen (Top Hat) and Patrick Clancy (The Producers). The company will include: Imogen Brooke, Matt Crandon, Nathan Elwick, Kelly Ewins-Prouse, Andrew Gordon-Watkins, Sammy Kelly, Richard Pitt, Harriet Samuel-Gray, Gemma Scholes, Emily Squibb, Aron Wild and Josh Wilmott.
Based on the much-loved hit 1974 hit film which was written by Brooks and his regular collaborator the legendary Gene Wilder, the musical will arrive in the West End nearly 10 years after its Broadway debut.
The London run, which will follow a season at the Theatre Royal Newcastle (from 26 August until 9 September), will open at the Garrick on 28 September with a press night on 10 October.
With a book by Brooks and Thomas Meehan and music and lyrics by Brooks, the show features direction and choreography by multi award-winning Susan Stroman who filled the same role on the hit version of Brooks’ The Producers.
The musical which – like the original film – pokes gentle affectionate fun at Mary Shelley’s classic gothic horror story, made its Broadway debut in 2007 in a production which featured Roger Bart as Frankenstein, Megan Mullally as Elizabeth and Shuler Hensley as The Monster (a role he also played in the 2004 horror movie Van Helsing).
Details of the production’s London run were announced just days before Brooks was awarded the prestigious BAFTA Fellowship, the lifetime achievement award that is the Academy’s highest honour.
Young Frankenstein is produced by Mel Brooks, Michael Harrison and Fiery Angel.
Tickets for Young Frankenstein at the Garrick Theatre are available HERE.