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Sheila Atim and Ivanno Jeremiah, Constellations. (Photo credit: Charlie Gray)

London Theatre News Today: Friday 18 June

Published 18 June 2021

Dynamic young cast announced for Jersey Boys in London’s West End

The producers and creative team are delighted to announce their new, young, dynamic cast for the highly anticipated return of this most beloved Tony, Grammy and Olivier Award-winning smash hit musical Jersey Boys.  It will be led by Ben Joyce as Frankie Valli, Adam Bailey as Bob Gaudio, Benjamin Yates as Tommy De Vito and Karl James Wilson as Nick Massi.  The musical will open at the new multi-million pound reinstated Trafalgar Theatre on 10 August 2021, following previews from 28 July.

Also in the cast will be Ben Irish (Bob Crewe), Mark Isherwood (Gyp de Carlo), Elliot Allinson (Swing), Koko Basigara (Lorraine), Melanie Bright (Mary Delgado), Jack Campbell (Swing), Carl Douglas (Norm/Hank), Matteo Johnson (Joe Pesci), Huon Mackley (Swing), Jacob McIntosh (Barry Belson), Bonnie Page (Swing), Andy Smith (Swing) and Helen Ternent (Francine).

Ben Joyce, having graduated from drama school this year, will be making his professional stage debut as Frankie Valli.  The creatives were very excited when this young talent was discovered during the extensive casting process and are looking forward to introducing him to the Jersey Boys audience.  Adam Bailey made his West End debut in The Book of Mormon and played Felicia/Adam in the National Tour of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.   Benjamin Yates played and covered Fiyero in the UK & Ireland tour of Wicked.  He also played Mungojerrie in Cats at the London Palladium and most recently played Doug/Mr Spencer in The School of Rock at the Gillian Lynne Theatre.  Karl James Wilson played the role of Johnny Castle in the UK Tour of Dirty Dancing. Theatre credits also include the UK Tours of Jersey Boys and White Christmas.  Karl appeared in Hollyoaks playing the role of Wardy.

Go behind the music and inside the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons in the Tony and Olivier Award-winning, true-life phenomenon, Jersey Boys. They were just four guys from New Jersey, until they sang their very first note. They had a sound nobody had ever heard… and the radio just couldn’t get enough of. But while their harmonies were perfect onstage, off stage it was a very different story—a story that has made them an international sensation all over again. From the streets of New Jersey to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, this is the musical that’s too good to be true. 

The show is packed with their hits, including Beggin’, Sherry, Walk Like A Man, December, 1963 (Oh What a Night), Big Girls Don’t Cry, My Eyes Adored You, Let’s Hang On (To What We’ve Got), Bye Bye Baby, Can’t Take My Eyes Off You, Working My Way Back to You, Fallen Angel, Rag Doll and Who Loves You.

Recipient of Broadway’s Tony, London’s Olivier and Australia’s Helpmann Awards for Best New Musical, Jersey Boys is the winner of 65 major awards and has been seen by over 27 million people worldwide. 

Grab your tickets to see this iconic musical and celebrate the return of theatre #BackOnStage with a sing-a-long to some classic songs.

New images from Constellations released ahead of opening night

Ahead of the first preview of Nick Payne’s beautiful and heartbreaking romance Constellations tonight, the production has released images of the 4 companies who play across the run at the Vaudeville Theatre; Sheila Atim and Ivanno Jeremiah (18 June – 1 August), Peter Capaldi and Zoë Wanamaker (23 June – 24 July), Omari Douglas and Russell Tovey (30 July – 11 September), and Anna Maxwell Martin and Chris O’Dowd (6 August – 12 September) will take turns to journey through the multiverse exploring the infinite possibilities of a relationship; each refracting the play afresh.

This star-studded play is sure to be a hit! Grab your tickets to see this revival below!

Full cast announced for Mamma Mia!’s return to the West End

Mazz Murray as Donna in MAMMA MIA! (Credit: Brinkhoff & Mögenburg)

The global smash hit musical MAMMA MIA! will return to London’s West End at the Novello Theatre on 25 August 2021.  Now in its 23rd year in London, producer Judy Craymer is delighted to be welcoming people back to once again dance, jive and have the time of their lives!

Returning to the cast will be Mazz Murray as Donna, Richard Trinder as Sam, Neil Moors as Harry, Stephen Beckett as Bill, and Sophie Matthew as Lisa.  Find out more about the full cast, returning and new in our full story below!

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An interview with leading stars of Lady Chatterley’s Lover

Georgia Lennon and Michael Pickering in Lady Chatterley’s Lover (Photo credit: Mark Senior)

In our profile series, Tell Us In 10, we ask cast members and creatives of top London shows to tell us all about themselves in just 10 questions.

This week, we’re talking to Georgia Lennon (One Enchanted Evening, Glastonbury Abbey; Beauty and the Beast, Grand Opera House, Belfast) and Michael Pickering (Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, London Palladium) who will be starring in Lady Chatterley’s Lover playing at the Shaftesbury Theatre from tonight for 2 nights only!

Check it out below!

Related Article: Tell Us In 10: Georgia Lennon & Michael Pickering from Lady Chatterley’s Lover
We're talking to Georgia Lennon and Michael Pickering who will be starring in the new musical adaptation of D.H. Lawrence’s infamous literary classic, Lady Chatterley’s Lover,

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