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Preview: Doctor Dolittle at Newcastle Theatre Royal
CORONATION STREET STARS JOIN CAST OF DOCTOR DOLITTLE
Newcastle Theatre Royal
Tuesday 12th – Saturday 23rd February
of the most recognisable faces from ITV’s Coronation
Street are set to join the cast in a new production of the family favourite
musical Doctor Dolittle playing
Newcastle Theatre Royal in February.
Brian Capron, who played evil
villain Richard Hillman in the long-running soap, will play Albert
Blossom/Straight Arrow and former co-star Vicky Entwistle, best known for her
role as Janice Battersby,will
play Polynesia, Mollie Emma Fairfax and Patrick Matthew Mugg. They – along with
Mollie Melia-Redgrave and Patrick Sullivan – will join the previously announced
Mark Williams, who plays Doctor Dolittle.
This new production of Doctor Dolittle, with book, music and
lyrics by double Academy Award-winner Leslie Bricusse, will be part of the 50th
anniversary celebrations of the original film starring Rex Harrison and will
feature the same songs,
including the Academy Award-winning Talk
To The Animals. Featuring stunning visual puppetry, this
new production, with the book reworked by Leslie Bricusse, will be directed by
Also in the cast will be Femi
Akinfolarin. Erica Jayne Alden, Lydia Bannister, Joel Bayliss, Evonnee
Bentley-Holder, Jane Cranshaw, Emily Essery, Jacob Fisher, George Hankers,
Catherine Hannay, Evan James, Leon Kay, Emma Lloyd, Ross Meagrow, Owen McHugh,
Tom Norman, Emily Ann Potter, Ellie Seaton and Richard Vorster.The role of Tommy Stubbins will be shared by
Harry Cross, Elliot Morris, Quillan O’Meara McDonald, Louis Parker, Elliott
Rose and Thomas Ryan.
Mark Williams’s screen credits
include The Fast Show, Father Brown, 101 Dalmatians, The Borrowers,
Shakespeare in Love and seven of the Harry Potter films.His many theatre credits include Fanshen at the National Theatre, Doctor of Honour for Cheek by Jowl, Moscow Gold, Singer, A Dream of People
and As You Like It for the Royal
Shakespeare Company, Art in the West
End, Toast at the Royal Court and Tartuffe at the Birmingham Repertory
Brian Capron won a clutch of
awards, including a record-breaking five at The Soap Awards for his role in Coronation Street.Other well-known television roles include Mr
Hopwood in Grange Hill and Ozias
Harding in Where The Heart Is; he also
appeared as a finalist in Celebrity Masterchef.His theatre credits include James in Harper Regan at the National Theatre,
Nathan Detroit in The Donmar/West End/UK Tour of Guys and Dolls, Geoffrey in Stepping
Out (MEN Award nomination for Best Actor in a touring show) and Narrator in
The Rocky Horror Show in the West
End/UK Tour.He can currently be seen in
the Channel 5 series Celebrity 5 Go
Entwistle’s other television credits include Father Brown and Sandra in Ackely
Bridge.Her theatre credits include East is East for Northern Stage, The Rise and Fall of Little Voice at
West Yorkshire Playhouse, Madame Thenardier in the West End production of Les Misérables and the UK tour of The Vagina Monologues.
Melia-Redgrave appeared in Drew McOnie’s production of On the Town at the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre and the UK &
Ireland Tour of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
for Music & Lyrics.Patrick Sullivan
can currently be seen as Blake in Bat Out
Of Hell the Musical at the Dominion Theatre, a role he created in the
original Manchester Opera House/London Coliseum production.
Eccentric Doctor Dolittle embarks on an extraordinary
adventure to find the Giant Pink Sea Snail that holds the secret of life and makes the world a happier place.Helped by his human companions and an exotic menagerie of animal
friends, including the Pushmi-Pullyu and trusty
sidekick Polynesia the parrot, the larger-than-life Doctor Dolittle teaches us
not only to talk to the animals but to listen to them as well!
Doctor Dolittle plays at Newcastle
Theatre Royal from Tuesday 12th – Saturday 23rd February 2019 playing evenings
at 7.30pm (not Sun 17 Feb) and matinees 2pm (Thu), 2.30pm (Sat) and 1pm (Sun 17
Feb).Tickets priced from £23.00 can be
purchased at www.theatreroyal.co.uk
or from the Theatre Royal Box Office on 08448 11 21 21 (calls cost 7ppm plus your phone company’s access charge).