First look at End of the Rainbow rehearsals

Sam Attwater and Lisa Maxwell in rehearsals for End of the Rainbow. Photo Credit Pamela Raith Photography

The first images have been released of Lisa Maxwell, Gary Wilmot and Sam Attwater rehearsing for hit West End and Broadway play End of the Rainbow, touring the UK in a brand new production from February 2016.

Sam Attwater Danirl Buckroyd (director) in rehearsals for End of the Rainbow. Photo Credit Pamela Raith PhotographyPlot: It’s 1968 and Judy Garland, a once-glittering star, is in London to make her explosive comeback. But off stage, holed up in her hotel room, Judy is battling with her young new fiancé, her devoted accompanist, and her destructive addictions. Will she be able to conquer her demons and reclaim her crown as one of history’s great musical icons? Featuring Garland’s most memorable songs The Man That Got Away, Come Rain Or Come Shine, The Trolley Song and of course Somewhere Over The Rainbow, End of the Rainbow is a fiercely funny and emotionally charged musical play filled with Garland’s legendary tenacity, razor-sharp wit and once-in-a-generation voice.Daniel Buckroyd (director) and Gary Wilmot in rehearsals for End of the Rainbow. Photo Credit Pamela Raith Photography

Lisa Maxwell will play Judy Garland. Lisa is an actress, best known for her role as DCI Sam Nixon in ITV’s Bafta-winning The Bill from 2002 and 2009, and as a panelist on ITV’s Loose Women from 2009 to 2014. Other television credits include partnering Les Dennis on BBC One’s The Les Dennis Laughter Show, regular appearances on BBC’s The Russ Abbot Show, and her own BBC sketch series The Lisa Maxwell Show. Theatre credits include Grease and Boogie Nights in the West End.

Gary Wilmot will play Anthony. Gary’s musical theatre stardom began when he played Bill Snibson in the hit production of Me and My Girl at the Adelphi Theatre. His many theatre credits include Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (West End and Tour), Oklahoma! (UK Tour), The Pajama Game (Shaftesbury Theatre), The Invisible Man (Menier Chocolate Factory), Chicago (UK Tour), Half a Sixpence (UK Tour), HMS Pinafore and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre) Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (London Palladium), Carmen Jones (Old Vic) and Copacabana (World Premiere, Prince of Wales Theatre).

Gary Wilmot and Lisa Maxwell in rehearsals for End of the Rainbow. Photo Credit Pamela Raith Photography (2)Sam Attwater will play Mickey. Sam made his TV acting debut in 2009, playing Ricky in Hollyoaks. The following year he joined EastEnders and its online spin-off EastEnders: E20, as Leon Small. Stage credits include Brad in the 40th anniversary tour of The Rocky Horror Show, Dreamboats and Petticoats in the West End, and the 2014 UK Tour of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. Sam won the sixth series of ITV’s Dancing on Ice in 2011, and returned for the ‘All Stars’ series in 2014.

At certain performances the role of Judy Garland will be played by Ellen Verenieks.

End of the Rainbow will be directed by Daniel Buckroyd. Daniel has been Artistic Director of the Mercury Theatre, Colchester, since July 2012, where credits include Aladdin, Noises Off, Cinderella, Macbeth, Betty Blue Eyes, The Opinion Makers, The Butterfly Lion, The History Boys, The Hired Man and Michael Morpurgo’s Friend Or Foe. It is designed by David Shields.

Visit www.endoftherainbowtour.co.uk for full tour details and to buy tickets.

Images: Pamela Raith Photography

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