The new musical based on Henry Fielding’s novel will play at the Birmingham Rep from the 8th October until the 14th November.

(c)Pamela Raith

Full casting and creative team has now been announced for the upcoming world premiere of the musical as rehearsal images are also released.

The production, directed by Luke Sheppard, is set to star: Dominic Andersen as Tom Jones, Bronté Barbé as Mary Western, Ashley Campbell as Mr Partridge, Julius D’Silva as Lord Allworthy, Rebekah Hinds as The Girl in the Polka Dot Dress, Harry Kershaw as William Blifil, Kelly Price as Lady Bellaston and Melanie Walters as Mrs Western. Tom Francis, Naomi Katiyo, Lemuel Knights, David Mairs-McKenzie, Lisa Mathieson, Fallon Mondlane, Jena Pandya, Nathan Rigg, Owen Saward and Carrie Willis will make up the ensemble.

(c)Pamela Raith.

Inspired by the novel The History of Tom Jones, A Foundling, this new musical adaptation reimagines Fielding’s classic tale in London’s swinging sixties and is set to feature the music of Sir Tom Jones.

It’s 1965 and ladies’ man Tom Jones arrives in London with a broken heart, but he also has big dreams and a big voice. He quickly discovers an exciting world of mods and miniskirts, dancing and decadence, but most of all…incredible music. Romance and adventure await, but will Tom ever be reunited with his one true love, who seems more interested in designing for Carnaby Street than in being Mrs. Tom Jones? 

The musical is set to include songs such as: Green, Green Grass of Home, It’s Not Unusual, Leave Your Hat On, Delilah, Mama Told Me Not To Come, Sex Bomb and, of course, What’s New Pussycat? 

(c) Pamela Raith

In addition to the cast, the complete creative team has also been confirmed and is set to include: choreographer and former Strictly Come Dancing judge, Dame Arlene Phillips DBE, Matt Brind (Musical Supervisor/Orchestrator); Jon Bausor (Set Design); Janet Bird (Costume Design); Akhila Krishnan (Video Design); Gareth Owen (Sound Design); Howard Hudson (Lighting Design); Annelie Powell CDG (Casting Director); Dale White (Associate Choreographer); Priya Patel Appleby (Assistant Director); and Josh Sood (Musical Director).

What’s New Pussycat? is being presented by Birmingham Repertory Theatre in association with Flody Suarez, Joshua Andrews and Stuart Galbraith from Kilimanjaro Theatricals. Donna Munday will be Executive Producer.

What’s New Pussycat? will play at the Birmingham Rep from the 8th October until the 14th November.


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