Sean Foley’s new comedy will head to the West End’s Garrick Theatre from the 7th July until the 16th September, ahead of a UK tour.

Simon Friend Entertainment has announced an all-star cast for The Crown Jewels, a new comedy by Simon Nye (BAFTA-nominated creator of ITV’s The Durrells and BBC 1’s Men Behaving Badly), and based on a true story heading to the West End this Summer.

The Crown Jewels is a riotous new comedy based on the most unbelievable royal caper in British history. Charismatic and unpredictable Colonel Blood is planning the greatest heist of all time: stealing the Crown Jewels in plain sight. With a gang of misfits by his side, what could possibly go wrong? But Charles II can’t afford a royal scandal, and no King likes people handling their Crown Jewels…

The cast of the production, which will be directed by Sean Foley (Upstart Crow, The Ladykillers), will include: Al Murray (The Pub Landlord) as Charles II;  Mel Giedroyc (BBC 1’s The Great British Bake Off, Channel 4’s Light Lunch)Carrie Hope Fletcher (Bad Cinderella, Les Misérables, Heathers in the West End); Aidan McArdle (Leopoldstadt, West End, Ridley, ITV)Neil Morrissey (BBC 1’s Men Behaving Badly, Line of Duty)Joe Thomas (Channel 4’s The InbetweenersFresh Meat, BBC 2’s White Gold) and Tanvi Virmani (Life of Pi, West End).

Following making its West End debut, The Crown Jewels will then visit: The Lowry, Salford (Tuesday 19 – Saturday 23 September), Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury (Monday 25 – Saturday 30 September) and the New Theatre, Cardiff (Monday 2 – Saturday 7 October 2023).

Writer Simon Nye says: “I hope audiences will be as titillated and thrilled as I am at the prospect of a riotous comedy-drama about a crown jewels heist that really happened. True crime comes to the West End, 350 years after the event. The cast is an amazing array of comedy talent, and the subject matter absurdly topical. Satire, sword-fighting, love, violence, an examination of the monarchy and Anglo-Irish relations – could you ask for anything more?”

The creative team includes: Set and Costume Designer, Michael Taylor;  Lighting Designer, Natasha Chivers and Andy Graham,Sound Designer.

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