Casting has been announced for the new UK touring production of Avenue Q, which commences performances on 23rd April at London’s Greenwich Theatre before an official opening on 28th April, running through to 11th May, before the subsequent tour.
Produced by David Hutchinson and Phillip Rowntree for Sell a Door Theatre Company Ltd, and Richard Darbourne, the production will be directed and choreographed by Cressida Carré, with sets by Richard Evans, lighting by Charlie Morgan Jones and sound by Chris Bogg and DBS Solutions. Puppets are designed by Paul Jomain, and orchestrations and arrangements are by Stephen Oremus.
According to press reports, there will be young talent supporting the puppet stars of the show. Reprising her role from the South Korean tour, Ellena Vincent will be playing Gary Coleman, a female role on Broadway but a male role in the West End. Richard Morse, previously seen in Sell a Door’s production of The Man Who Had All The Luck, will be playing Brian, and Jessica Parker will be returning after her recent role in Sell a Door’s production of Seussical as Mrs. T/Bad Idea Bear.
The roles of the hopeful young graduate Princeton and closeted gay Republican Rod will be taken by Tom Steedon, and Kate Monster/Lucy the Slut will be played by Lucie-Mae Sumner (seen in the U.K. tour of Sister Act).
The London run will be followed by a UK tour that will begin on 13th May at Torquay’s Princess Theatre, and continue to Crewe, Londonderry, Manchester, Bracknell, Edinburgh, Inverness, Buxton, High Wycombe, Crawley, Blackpool, Poole, Lincoln, Sunderland, Winchester, St. Helens, Lichfield and Croydon, before concluding at Guildford’s G Live!, concluding on 2nd August.
Avenue Q, has music and lyrics by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx, and book by Jeff Whitty, based on an original concept by Lopez and Marx, won 2004 Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book.
Sell a Door’s artistic director David Hutchinson commented, “This is our third major musical production following Spring Awakening in 2011 and Seussical in 2012 and 2013. I have every faith that this parable, which so cleverly pokes fun at the issues young people face going into adulthood, will strike a chord with audiences up and down the country.”
Avenue Q Cast
Nicky/Trekkie Monster – Stephen Arden
Brian – Richard Morse
Mrs T/Bad Idea Bear – Jessica Parker
Princeton/Rod – Tom Steedon
Kate Monster/Lucy the Slut – Lucie-Mae Sumner
Christmas Eve – Jacqueline Tate
Gary Coleman – Ellena Vincent
Ensemble: Greg Airey, Emily-Jane Morris, Will Hawksworth and Wreh-Asha Walton
Greenwich Theatre 23rd April to 11th May 2014
National Tour 13th May to 2nd August 2014
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13 – 17 May Princess Theatre, Torquay
19 – 21 May Crewe Lyceum Theatre
23 – 25 May Millennium Forum, Londonderry
27 – 31 May Palace Theatre, Manchester
5 – 6 June South Hill Park Arts Centre, Bracknell
10 – 14 June Kings Theatre, Edinburgh
17 – 18 June Eden Court, Inverness
19 – 21 June Buxton Opera House
23 – 25 June Wycombe Swan Theatre
26 – 28 June The Hawth Theatre, Crawley
1 – 5 July Grand Theatre, Blackpool
7 – 9 July Lighthouse, Poole
10 – 13 July Lincoln Theatre Royal
14 – 16 July Empire, Sunderland
17 – 19 July Theatre Royal Winchester
21 – 23 July Theatre Royal, St Helens
24 – 26 July Lichfield Garrick, Lichfield
28 – 30 July Fairfield Halls, Croydon
31 July – 2 August G Live! Guildford
5 – 9 August Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, Dublin
12 – 16 August New Theatre, Oxford
Friday 21st March 2014