It has been a month long process and an intricate puzzle that we have had to try and put together piece by piece but we have our cast! They are collectively an extremely talented bunch who blew us away in auditions and will bring this crazy music hall world and Sherlock Holmes tale to life!
Leading man, Tim Walton, will be playing the title role. Tim is a leading West End actor with credits that include Matilda, Love Never Dies, Wicked and most recently Kiss Me Kate at the Old Vic. Joining him will be John Cusworth (Mamma Mia, Blood Brothers) as his sidekick Dr. Watson, Amanda Goldthorpe-Hall (The Phantom of the Opera, The Sound of Music) as the villainous Mrs Moriarty, Leonie Heath (Scrooge, Babes in Arms) as Bella Spellgrove, Andrea Miller (Jekyll and Hyde, Gays the Word) as the ill-suffering Mrs Hudson and Stephen Leask (The Secret Garden, Potted Panto) as Inspector Lestrade.
The cast also includes Benjamin Bond (Mamma Mia), Melanie Brown (Jesus Christ Superstar), Rachel Ensor (Cats, Dirty Dancing), Nicola Martin (Boy Meets Boy), Adam Pendrich (Jubilee) and Ryan Pidgen (Billy Elliot, Lend Me a Tenor).
As with Jekyll and Hyde, Luke and Stewart take on the same roles as Director and Designer respectively. While we are announcing everything, the full creative team includes Huw Evans (Musical Director), Stewart Charlesworth (Set & Costume Designer), Lee Proud (Choreographer) and Michael England (Orchestrator). Illusions are by Thomas Moore with puppets by Billy Achilleos. Catherine Webb is lighting designer (after her stunning work on Jekyll) and we have been priveliged to work with Anne Vosser who has helped us bring together such an incredible cast!
Phew! The list is endless with some incredible work behind the scenes. Billie and her puppet team are working hard to build beautiful life-like creations for the show – even moulding and sculpting faces to mirror those of certain cast members!! Our Wardrobe Supervisor, Xye Appleton and her team of costumiers have been measuring, cutting and planning the costumes. With in excess of fifty costumes that is no mean feat!!
Not just that, but the set is in full swing and being constructed and painted at our workshop. Nik Carroll, a stunning scenic artist and designer in his own right, and Lizzie Lodge, another equally beautiful artiste, have been working on the Dore inspired set pieces:
Our marketing team are having regular meetings. Lauren McGee (our Marketing Manager extraordinaire) continues to impress with her research and ideas. Steve Coats-Dennis is pulling together our online presence and keeping the social media growing and developing. Expect a lot more as we head towards rehearsals on the 11th March!! A big shout out to Mike Fraga too who is doing everything and more to make sure our artwork, posters and website are not only up to date, but are the right size and look amazing for all our marketing and online needs.
The workload is crazy and continues to grow. It’s only when typing it out you realise the enormity of the undertaking and the incredible team that is working to make this production the best it can possibly be! Thank you everyone!
If you are thinking of booking tickets, I would urge you to start to choose a date! Tickets are starting to go and it’s still only February!!