Casting has today been confirmed for Moby Dick! The Musical, which runs at the Union Theatre from the 12th October. 

Moby Dick! The Musical

X-Factor finalists Anton Stephans (Porgy and Bess, Savoy Theatre; Smokey Joe’s Café,) and Brenda Edwards (Hairspray, UK Tour; We Will Rock You, UK Tour and Dominion Theatre; Chicago – The Musical, Cambridge Theatre) will lead the cast in Andrew Wright’s production of the cult hit.

Also joining the cast will be Rachel Anne Rayham (Grey Gardens,Southwark Playhouse), Laura Mansell (Edges, The Cockpit Theatre; Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, UK Tour), Aimee Hodnett (The Producers, UK and Ireland Tour; Singin’ in the Rain, UK, Ireland and International Tour), Glen Facey (Hairspray, National Tour; The Olivier Awards,Royal Opera House), Sam Barrett (The Fix, The Union Theatre; The Olivier Awards, Royal Opera House), Rebekah Lowings (Jesus Christ Superstar, International and UK tour; Theory of Relativity, Drayton Arms), Pérola Congo (Oliver!, Grange Park Opera) and Grant McConvey (Wallis: A Certain Person, Upstairs at the Gatehouse; The Sessions, Arena Tour).

Talking about joining the cast Anton Stephans said: “I am delighted to be returning to my first love, musical theatre. Moby Dick! is a fantastic show and I can’t wait to lead this incredible cast, directed by the wonderful Andrew Wright. A man playing a woman who is playing a man! This is going to be a whale of a tale.”

Moby Dick! The musical was originally produced by Cameron Mackintosh and hasn’t been seen in the UK since 1992.

The anarchic and nubile girls of St. Godley’s Academy for Young Ladies are in trouble! Money for the school has run out and it’s threatened with closure. Determined to save their school from bankruptcy, the resourceful girls, and their unflappable headmistress come up with a plan to keep the school afloat. Using whatever they can find, the girls mount an original production as a fundraiser – a musical version of Herman Melville’s classic novel Moby Dick, featuring their own headmistress in the coveted role of Captain Ahab.

The musical features a book, music and lyrics written by Robert Longden and Hereward Kaye.

This brand new production will feature set design by Anna Kelsey, choreography by Andrew Wright,  costume design by Ryan Walkett and lighting design by Tim Deiling.

Moby Dick! The Musical will play at the Union Theatre from the 12th October until the 12th November. For more information and to book tickets visit: http://www.uniontheatre.biz/moby_dick.html

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