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Thursday, 21 May 2015

Preview: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at Sunderland Empire



From The French Riviera To Sunderland

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels The Musical
SunderlandEmpire
Tuesday 9th– Saturday 13th June 2015

Starring

Michael Praed As Lawrence
Noel Sullivan As Freddy
Carley Stenson As Christine
Mark Benton As Andre

Directed & Choreographed
By The Tony Award Winning
& Olivier Nominated
Jerry Mitchell


The Ambassador Theatre Group (Jersey Boys, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, West Side Story) and Jerry Mitchell Productions are delighted to announce full casting for the national tour of the critically acclaimed Best New Musical of 2014, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, opening at the New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham on 5 May 2015.

For the Sunderland Empire performances Dirty Rotten Scoundrels will star Michael Praed as Lawrence, Noel Sullivan as Freddy, Carley Stenson as Christine and Mark Benton as Andre. They are joined by Geraldine Fitzgerald as Muriel. The rest of the company includes Emma Caffrey; Andy Conaghan; Phoebe Coupe; Soophia Faroughi; Jonny Godbold; Orla Gormley; Patrick Harper; Justin Lee-Jones; Jordan Livesey; Lisa Mathieson; Andy Rees; Freya Rowley; Regan Shepherd; Kevin Stephen-Jones; Katie Warsop and Jenny Wickham. 

Direct from London’s West End, where it ran for a year to rave reviews, packed houses and was also nominated for the Olivier Award for Best Choreography, the hit musical Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is based on one of the funniest films of all time, the legendary 1988 film Dirty Rotten Scoundrels starring Michael Caine and Steve Martin.

Prepare to be transported to the luxurious lap of the French Riviera where the decadent world of sophisticated conman Lawrence Jameson is set to come crashing down with the arrival of larger-than-life Freddy Benson – a conman of an entirely different order.

Soon realising the town ain’t big enough for the both of them, the two find themselves going head to head in the con of their lives, pulling out all of the stops in a bid for the affections of millionaire soap heiress Christine Colgate.  Little do they know what they’ve let themselves in for.

Michael Praed (Lawrence) is best known for his TV roles including ‘Robin Hood’ in “Robin of Sherwood”, ‘Prince Michael’ in “Dynasty” and ‘Phileas Fogg’ in “The Secret Adventures of Jules Verne.”  On stage his credits include ‘Captain Von Trapp’ in the national tour of “The Sound of Music”; ‘Tony’ in “Copacabana”; ‘Alex’ in “Aspects of Love” and ‘Sir Robert Chiltern’ in the national tour of “An Ideal Husband”.

Noel Sullivan (Freddy)is best known as a member of the British pop group Hear'Say. His theatre credits include ‘Drew’ in the national tour of “Rock of Ages”; ‘Tick’ in the “Priscilla Queen of the Desert” and ‘Galileo’ in “We Will Rock You.” His TV appearances include a guest appearance in the hugely successful “Gavin and Stacey”.

Carley Stenson (Christine) is best known to TV audiences for her long running role as ‘Steph’ in “Hollyoaks”.  Her recent theatre credits include: ‘Lady of the Lake’ in “Spamalot” at the Playhouse Theatre; ‘Princess Fiona’ in “Shrek” at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane and ‘Elle Woods’ in “Legally Blonde the Musical” at the Savoy Theatre.

Mark Benton (Andre) is known to millions for playing maths teacher, ‘Daniel Chalk’ in “Waterloo Road”.  He has had a prolific TV career with roles in “Kavanagh QC”, “Ballykissangel”, “Silent Witness”, “Doctor Who”, “Murphy’s Law”, “Holby City”, “Hustle” and “Northern Lights”.  In 2013 he was a contestant on Strictly Come Dancing. His stage credits include ‘Henry Horatio Hobson’ in “Hobson’s Choice” at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, ‘Edna Turnblad’ in the UK tour of “Hairspray” and ‘Mr. Perks in the “Railway Children” at Waterloo Station.  His film credits include: Mike Leigh’s “Career Girls”, Anthony Minghella’s “Breaking and Entering” and Terry Gilliam’s “The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus”.

Geraldine Fitzgerald (Muriel) has many musical theatre credits including ‘Tanya’ in “Mamma Mia!”, both in the West End and on tour internationally; ‘Maggie Jones’ in “42nd Street” and ‘Tessie Tura’ in “Gypsy”, both at Leicester Curve. Her other credits include “The Lady in the Van” in the West End and “Absolute Hell” at the National Theatre.

Dirty Rotten Scoundrelsis directed and choreographed by the Tony Award winning Jerry Mitchell in his debut production for Jerry Mitchell Productions. Recently nominated for an Olivier Award for Best Choreography for Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Jerry’s many other award winning credits include the direction and choreography for Kinky Boots, currently Broadway’s biggest Tony Award winning hit and due to open in London’s West End this Summer, Legally Blonde and Hairspray. Dirty Rotten Scoundrelshas music and lyrics by Drama Desk Award winner David Yazbek (Late Night with David Letterman, The Full Monty)and book by the Golden Globe and Emmy-Award winning Jeffrey Lane(Mad About You).

Jerry Mitchell Productions is a partnership between the Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG) and Tony Award winner Jerry Mitchell.  Jerry Mitchell Productions will work to develop, create and produce new productions, focussing on a wide range of projects from new commissions to fresh, innovative versions of classic pieces for ATG Theatres in London, New York and around the World.

“A MASTERCLASS IN HOW TO PUT ON A MUSICAL” Daily Mail

“RICHLY ORIGINAL, DAMNABLY CHARMING, A SCANDALOUS DELIGHT” Sunday Times

“VERY, VERY, VERY FUNNY” BBC
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Tickets:
Tickets available in person at the Box Office, by calling 0844 871 3022* or booking online at www.ATGtickets.com/Sunderland* plus a transaction fee applies.  
Groups of 10+ should call 0844 871 3042
*Booking fee applies

On Tour

New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham Tuesday 5 May – Saturday 16 May

Opera House, Manchester Wednesday 20 May – Saturday 30 May

SunderlandEmpire Tuesday 9 June – Saturday 13 June

King’s Theatre, Glasgow Tuesday 23 June – Saturday 4 July

Liverpool Empire Theatre Tuesday 7 July – Saturday 18 July

Princess Theatre, Torquay Tuesday 21 July – Saturday 25 July

Regent Theatre, Stoke Tuesday 28 July – Saturday 1 August

New Theatre, Oxford Tuesday 4 August – Saturday 8 August

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