Tamzin Outhwaite has been forced to temporarily withdraw from the production following a stress fracture on her foot.
Now in previews at the Vaudeville Theatre, Stepping Out was set to star Tamzin Outhwaite as Mavis but the actress has had to pull out due to injury. She will be replaced temporarily by Anna-Jane Casey, who will join her sister Natalie Casey in the production from next week. Until then the role of Mavis will be played by Katie Verner.
The cast also includes the previously announced Amanda Holden (as perfectionist Vera), Tracy-Ann Oberman (as the mouthy Maxine), and Nicola Stephenson (as shy Dorothy) in the production directed by Maria Friedman.
Stepping Out charts the lives of seven women and one man attempting to tap their troubles away at a weekly dancing class. Initially all thumbs and left feet, the group is just getting to grip with the basics when they are asked to take part in a charity gala…
Over the course of several months we meet the group, and all of them have a story to tell, There’s haughty Vera, mouthy Maxine and uptight Andy; bubbly Sylvia and shy Dorothy; eager Lynne and cheerful Rose and, of course, Geoffrey. At the piano is the dour Mrs Fraser and spurring them all on, the ever-patient Mavis.
Talking about Tamzin Outhwaite’s withdrawal from the production, Amanda Holden said: “It is sad to lose Tamzin. It is ironic and, of course, in keeping with the theme of the show in many ways. However we can assure everyone who comes a fun and entertaining evening and we can’t wait to get started with the previews. We look forward to Tamzin returning very soon.”
The comedy originally premiered in the West End in 1984 starring Barbara Ferris and Marcia Warren, winning the prestigious Evening Standard Award for Best Comedy and enjoying extended runs both in the West End and on Broadway.