Full casting has been confirmed for the upcoming world premiere of William Gaminara’s The Nightingales, directed by Christopher Luscombe. 

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Joining the previously announced Ruth Jones in the production will be: Steven Pacey, Stefan Adegbola, Sarah Earnshaw, Philip McGinley and Mary Stockley.

Directed by RSC Associate Artist Christopher Luscombe and written by William Gaminara, The Nightingales will play at the Theatre Royal Bath from the  Wednesday 31 October to Saturday 10 November. The production  will then tour to Cambridge, Cardiff, Chichester and Malvern prior to a West End transfer, with venue and dates to be announced.

Under the watchful eye of Steven, their choirmaster, Connie, Ben, Diane and Bruno gather every week in the village hall to practise their accomplished acapella singing. They are a motley crew, but whatever their differences, whatever the problems they may have at home, all are happily bound together in their shared love of music. Until one day Maggie knocks on the door. . . Soon she is urging them to enter Talentfest, a potentially life-changing route to Britain’s Got Talent. In the weeks that follow, loyalties will be tested, tempers will fray and lives will indeed be changed – but not in the way that any of them had quite anticipated.

Ruth Jones is best known for her role as Nessa in BBC’s Gavin and Stacey, which she co-wrote with James Corden. Her stage credits include  Educating Rita at the Sherman Theatre, Cardiff in 2006, The Marriage of FigaroUnder Milk Wood as well as the RSC’s world tour of The Winter’s Tale.

Steven Pacey most recently appeared on stage in The Knowledge (Charing Cross Theatre), Loves Labour’s Lost / Much Ado About Nothing (West End and Chichester Festival Theatre), Travels with my Aunt and King Lear (Chichester Festival Theatre). Musical theatre credits include Spamalot (National Tour) and La Cage aux Folles (The Playhouse).

Stefan Adegbola has performed on stage in Titus Andronicus (RSC), The Convert (Gate Theatre), After Independence (Arcola), The Merchant of Venice (Globe Theatre and World Tour) and  A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Noel Coward).

Sarah Earnshaw most recently appeared in the UK tour of Some Mother’s Do ‘Ave ‘Em. Previous stage credits include Travels with My Aunt (Chichester Festival Theatre), the original cast of Wicked (Apollo), Heart of Winter (Tristan Bates) and national tours of Spamalot, Jekyll and Hyde, Scrooge and Puttin’ on the Ritz.

Philip McGinley’s  numerous television credits include Game of Thrones, Manhunt, Vera, Coronation Street, Drifters, No Offence and Home Fires. Stage credits include Husbands & Sons (National Theatre), Microcosm (Soho Theatre), The Daughter in Law (Sheffield Crucible) and Herding Cats (Theatre Royal Bath and Hampstead Theatre).

Mary Stockley’s stage credits include The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time (National Theatre and West End), The House They Grew Up In (Chichester Festival Theatre), Rainman (Apollo), Anything Goes (National Theatre and West End) and Merrily We Roll Along (Donmar Warehouse).

The production will also include designs by Jonathan Fensom, lighting by Nick Richings and sound by Jason Barnes.

For more information about The Nightingales visit: https://www.theatreroyal.org.uk/event/the-nightingales/