As Chris Peluso departs the production to join the UK tour of Funny Girl, producers have confirmed two cast changes for the remainder of the run. 

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From today (13th February) it has been confirmed that Death will now be played by James Gant taking over the role from Chris Peluso, while Ken Christiansen will play manservant Fidele.

James Gant, who was already in the production playing Fidele, is known for having played Etches in Titanic (at Charing Cross Theatre); Mr Bumble in Oliver! (Leicester Curve); Rohna and Zinnowitz in Grand Hotel (Southwark Playhouse); and was cover Javert in Les Misérables (Queen’s Theatre).

Meanwhile, Ken Christiansen has been shortlisted twice as Best Supporting Male Performance in the 2016 Offies for The Fix and The Rise & Fall of Little Voice.

Directed by Thom Southerland, Death Takes a Holiday features a romantic score by multi Tony Award-winner Maury Yeston (Titanic, Nine) and is based on the 1928 Italian play of the same name, which also inspired the movie, Meet Joe Black, starring Brad Pitt.

In Northern Italy, shortly after World War One, Death disguises himself as a handsome young prince to try to understand why life is so precious and death so feared. But when he unexpectedly falls in love with a newly engaged young woman, this mysterious stranger discovers that love may in fact be stronger than death. Death Takes A Holiday was nominated for 11 Drama Desk Awards when it premièred Off Broadway in 2011.

The cast also includes Zoë Doano and Gay Soper, Kathryn Akin, Anthony Cable, Trudi Camilleri, Scarlett Courtney, Sophie-May Feek,Matthew McDonald, Ashley Stillburn, Samuel Thomas and  Helen Turner.

Meanwhile, the creative team includes Set Designer Morgan Large, Costume Designer Jonathan Lipman, Lighting Designer Matt Daw, Sound Designer Andrew Johnson and Choreographer Sam Spencer-Lane.

Death Takes A Holiday will run at the Charing Cross Theatre until the 4th March.  To book tickets visit: Ticketmaster.co.uk, Discount Theatre.com, Theatre Tickets Direct.co.uk,Theatre People.com and UK Tickets.co.uk

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