Updated Monday 25th November 2013 as cast and tour dates announced:
Produced by Bill Kenwright, a new production of Fame the Musical is to tour the UK in 2014, directed by Gary Lloyd.
Lloyd, whose credits include Thriller Live, is also choreographer of the production. The show will open at the New Wimbledon Theatre on 20th February, 2014.
Full tour schedule and cast to be announced.
Initially performed in London in 1995, Fame, which is based on the film and television series of the same name, has appeared in the West End seven times.
Fame had its world premiere in Florida, USA in 1988 before transferring to an Off-Broadway venue in 2003. The show was conceived by David de Silva, one of the original producers of the film. After the film’s success, a television series began running for six seasons. The musical evolved away from the film and TV adaptations, and although there are similarities, their scripts and book are essentially different. The score for the musical was entirely re-written and the title track only included as an add-on.
The show first arrived in London in 1995, opening to primarily positive reviews. After beginning a UK wide tour in 1996, the show was brought back and revived in the West End in 1997. This production was nominated for two Olivier Awards.
Since the first production in 1995 the show has enjoyed seven separate West End runs; the longest at the Aldwych Theatre from 2002 to 2006. The show has also been on at the Cambridge Theatre, the Prince of Wales, the Shaftesbury Theatre and the Victoria Palace Theatre. The show also continues to tour regularly.
Cast to include: Jodie Steele as Carmen Diaz, Harry Bleumenau as Schlomo Metzenbaum, Sarah Harlington as Serena Katz, Alex Jordan-Mills as Nick Piazza, Molly Stewart as Mabel Washington, Alex Thomas as Tyrone Jackson, Sasi Strallen as Iris Kelly, Joseph Giacone as Joe Vegas, John Canmore as Mr. Scheinkopf, Alexandra Sarmiento as Grace “Lambchops” Lamb, Ross Lee Fowkes as Goodman “Goody” King, David Haydn as Mr. Myers. Ryan Lee Seager, Aaron James, Farrah Abigail Hussain, Micha Richardson and Hannah Wilson.
Tour dates: 20 – 29 February New Wimbledon Theatre Wimbledon, 3 – 8 March Grand Theatre Wolverhampton, 10 – 15 March Empire Theatre Sunderland, 17 – 22 March Grand Opera House York, 24 – 29 March Waterside Theatre Aylesbury,
31 March – 5 April Lyceum Theatre Sheffield, 7 – 12 April De Montford Hall Leicester, 14 – 19 April Empire Theatre Liverpool, 21 – 26 April Playhouse Theatre Edinburgh, 28 Apr – 3 May Regent Theatre Stoke, 5 – 9 May Lowry Theatre Salford, 12 – 17 May Milton Keynes Theatre Milton Keynes, 19 – 24 May New Victoria Theatre Woking, 26 – 31 May Hippodrome Theatre Bristol, 2 – 7 June Belgrade Theatre Coventry, 16 – 21 June New Theatre Hull.
Full Fame tour details at www.kenwright.com
Updated Monday 25th November 2013