Final casting and the full creative team have been announced for the eagerly awaited European premiere of the Broadway musical Grey Gardens, based on an iconic 1975 documentary, telling the spectacular real life rise and fall of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis’s aunt and cousin, Edith and Edie Bouvier Beale.
Joining the previously announced Olivier Award-winning West End stars, Sheila Hancock and Jenna Russell, are:
Billy Boyle, who has just finished two years playing Grandpa George in Charlie and The Chocolate Factory at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, having previously played leading roles in over 15 hit shows, from his big break in Maggie May in 1964 to Barnaby in Hello, Dolly! at The Theatre Royal Drury Lane and Maurice in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.
Aaron Sidwell joins the cast direct from starring as leading man Johnny in Green Day’s American Idiot at the Arts Theatre. His other starring roles include the original West End cast of Loserville at the Garrick, the lead in Cool Rider at the Duchess Theatre, and Carl Bruner in Ghost The Musical. He also played Steven Beale in over 100 episodes of EastEnders.
Jeremy Legat, who most recently played Camille in Thérèse Raquin at Finborough Theatre and Park Theatre.
Ako Mitchell, whose West End roles include Mufasa in The Lion King and Sweaty Eddie in Sister Act.
Rachel Anne Rayham, who has just played Louisa in The Sound of Music. The show will mark her London professional debut.
The rest of the cast are child actors Alana Hinge, Grace Jenkins, Rebecca Nardin and Eleanor Waldron.
The full creative team are: Director Thom Southerland, Musical Supervisor Simon Lee, Musical Director Michael Bradley, Choreographer Lee Proud, Set Designer Tom Rogers, Lighting Designer Howard Hudson, Sound Designer Andrew Johnson, Costume Designer Jonathan Lipman, Producer/Casting Director Danielle Tarento.
Grey Gardens, with Book by Doug Wright, Music by Scott Frankel, Lyrics by Michael Korie, is produced by Danielle Tarento and directed by Thom Southerland, the award-winning team behind Grand Hotel, Titanic, Parade and Mack & Mabel. The show will open for a six-week season in The Large at Southwark Playhouse from Saturday 2nd January, 2016.
Plot: Starting in 1941 at an engagement party at Grey Gardens, the Bouvier’s mansion in East Hampton, Long Island, the musical tracks the progression of the two women’s lives from American aristocrats to reclusive social outcasts living in such squalid conditions, in a home overrun by cats, that the Health Department deemed the mansion ‘unfit for human habitation’.
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