The full cast for the production has been confirmed. 

Playing at Upstairs at the Gatehouse from the 6th March, the cast for Mark Giesser’s production of George and Ira Gershwin’s musical have been confirmed.

In 1927, Horace J. Fletcher is a typical self-made American businessman. His cheese factory dominates the market, he influences the White House, and he’s secured his business future by agreeing to marry his daughter, Joan, to his factory manager. He does have one problem. Switzerland has the audacity to protest America’s heavy new tariff on imported cheese. Fletcher convinces the US government to declare war, backing it with his bucks. Jim Townsend, a newspaperman, suspects all may not be wholesome, but he and Joan fall for each other. Will making the world safe for American cheese be more than just a walk in the Alps?

The cast for the upcoming production includes: Richard Emerson as Horace J. Fletcher He is joined by Paul Biggin (founding member of sketch group Late Night Gimp Fight), Beth Burrows (Looking for Gatsby, Sirens of the Silver Screen, The Lady With A Dog), Charlotte Christensen (The Divide, Old Vic Theatre; The Tempest, Iris Theatre), Robert Finlayson (Evita, world tour; The Phantom of the Opera, Her Majesty’s Theatre), David Francis (Les Miserables, international tour; The Phantom of the Opera, Her Majesty’s Theatre), Sammy Graham (It’s Only Life, Aria Entertainment), Nicholas McBride (Code 2021, Secret Studio Lab), Adam Scott Pringle (Newsrevue, Canal Cafe Theatre) and Pippa Winslow (The Sound of Music, Bill Kenwright tour; Alan Turing – Guilty of Love, UK tour).

As well as music and lyrics by George and Ira Gershwin, the musical features a book by George S. Kaufman. This production is produced by Alces Productions.

Strike Up the Band will play at Upstairs at the Gatehouse from the 6th  to the 31st March.  

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