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Preview: 42nd Street at Newcastle Theatre Royal

 Star Cast Announced For 42nd Street


42nd Street

Newcastle Theatre Royal

Tuesday 10 – Saturday 14 October 2023

The original showbiz musical 42nd Street is bringing a larger-than-life celebration of the irrepressible spirt of Broadway to Newcastle Theatre Royal, in October 2023, with familiar favourites from stage and screen leading the all-star cast.

Samantha Womack will star as Dorothy Brock, alongside Michael Praed as Julian Marsh, Faye Tozer as Maggie Jones, Les Dennis as Bert Barry and Nicole-Lily Baisden as Peggy Sawyer.

The cast will be completed by Sam Lips – who dazzled Newcastle Theatre Royal audiences last year in Singin’ In The Rain - as Billy Lawlor, with Erica-Jayne Alden, George Beet, Charlie Bishop, Kevin Brewis, Olly Christopher, Briana Craig, Jordan Crouch, Rhianna Dorris, Ashleigh Graham, Alyn Hawke, Aimee Hodnett, Connor Hughes, Deja Linton, Sarah-Marie Maxwell, Greta McKinnon, Ben Middleton, Benjamin Mundy, Anthony Ofoegbu and Jessica Wright.

Samantha Womack

Samantha Womack last appeared at Newcastle Theatre Royal in the acclaimed thriller The Girl on the Train. She most recently starred as the White Witch in The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe and her other credits include Morticia Addams in The Addams Family, Nellie Forbush in South Pacific and Miss Adelaide in Guys and Dolls. On TV, she is known to millions for her roles as Ronni Mitchell in EastEnders and Mandy in Game On. 

Michael Praed  - © Mark Davis 2022

Michael Praed is best remembered for his role as Robin of Loxley in the British TV series Robin of Sherwood which achieved worldwide success in the 1980. His other television credits include the role of Frank Clayton in Emmerdale and Prince Michael in Dynasty. On stage, his credits include Tom Beauregard in Darker Shores, George in War of the Worlds, Alex in Aspects of Love, Lawrence Jameson in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Dexter Haven in High Society and Captain Von Trapp in The Sound of Music.

Faye Tozer

Faye Tozer is best known as a member of BRIT Award winning pop band Steps. Her theatrical credits include Singin’ In The Rain, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, In The Spotlight, Over The Rainbow, Me And My Girl, Love Shack and Tell Me On A Sunday. Faye was also a runner-up in BBC1’s Strictly Come Dancing in 2018. 

Les Dennis

Les Dennis most recently starred as Grandad Trotter in Only Fools and Horses The Musical. His other West End credits include Wilbur in Hairspray opposite Michael Ball, Amos Hart in Chicago and Bill in Me and My Girl. His touring theatre credits include Art, Legally Blonde, High School Musical 2 and Uncle Fester in the musical comedy The Addams Family. His many TV credits include Michael Rodwell in Coronation Street and a fictional version of himself in Extras. 

Nicole-Lily Baisden

Nicole-Lily Baisden’s theatre credits include the role of Nabulungi in The Book of Mormon and Hope Harcourt in Anything Goes.

Sam Lips

Sam Lips’ theatre credits include the role of Don Lockwood in Singin’ In The Rain and Scott Hastings in Strictly Ballroom. His Broadway credits Cats, Chicago, Pippin, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella and The Cher Show.Fresh off the bus from small-town America, young and beautiful Peggy Sawyer arrives in New York City dreaming of her name in lights. She quickly catches the eye of a big-time director and lands a spot in the chorus line of Broadway’s newest show…and when the leading lady gets injured, Peggy gets her shot at stardom.

This iconic song-and-dance spectacular features a hit parade of toe-tapping songs, including the title number, We’re In The Money, Lullaby of Broadway, Shuffle Off To Buffalo and I Only Have Eyes For You. 42nd Street is a timeless and inspiring showbiz fairy tale that combines breath-taking tap dance routines, backstage intrigue, classic romance and delightful comedy to dazzling effect.


42nd Street plays Newcastle Theatre Royal Tuesday 10 – Saturday 14 October 2023. Tickets can be purchased at or from the Theatre Royal Box Office on 0191 232 7010.

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