The producers of the world premiere production of FISHERMAN’S FRIENDS: THE MUSICAL are delighted to announce the full cast for the UK & Ireland tour, setting sail from 1 September 2022 at Theatre Royal Plymouth. The production will also make its North American premiere, opening at the Royal Alexandra Theatre in Toronto, Canada on 27 November 2022 for a limited Christmas season, before returning to the UK in 2023.
Jason Langley (Tina: The Tina Turner Musical (West End), Oslo (West End/National Theatre), Hedda Gabler (National Theatre), War Horse (West End), Enron (West End), Da Vinci’s Demons (BBC), World Without End (Netflix)) will play record promoter Danny, Dan Buckley (Eugenius! (The Other Palace and London Palladium), Ushers: The Front of House Musical (Charing Cross Theatre), The Book of Mormon (Prince of Wales Theatre), Loserville (Garrick Theatre & West Yorkshire Playhouse), Lord of the Flies (UK Tour), Spring Awakening- The Musical (UK Tour)) will play Rowan, Dakota Starr (The Girls (West End/Leeds Grand Theatre/The Lowry), A Christmas Carol (National Tour), Troilus and Cressida (RSC)) will play Ben, Pete Gallagher (original West End cast of Only Fools And Horses (Theatre Royal Haymarket), Jesus Christ Superstar Arena Tour, Oklahoma! (UK Tour), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (London Palladium), A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Regent’s Park), The Rocky Horror Show (Duke of York’s), Buddy (Victoria Palace)) will play Wiggie, Hadrian Delacey (Miss Saigon (Theatre Royal Drury Lane), Les Misérables (Palace Theatre), Jesus Christ Superstar (West End, UK Tour & International Tour), Jerry Springer The Opera (National Theatre & Cambridge Theatre, for which he won the 2004 Olivier Award for Best Supporting Performance in a Musical), The Producers (Theatre Royal Drury Lane & UK Tour), The Phantom of The Opera (Her Majesty’s Theatre)) will play Archie, Fia Houston-Hamilton (The Wolf Of Wall Street (Immersive London Production), Mamma Mia! (UK Tour)) will play Leah, Hazel Monaghan (Romeo & Juliet/The Merry Wives of Windsor/A Midsummer Night’s Dream/Macbeth/Much Ado About Nothing (The Three Inch Fools), The Elves and the Shoemaker (Nottingham Playhouse)) will play Sally, John O’Mahony (As You Like It (Shakespeare’s Globe), The Tempest (Regent’s Park), Death Of A Salesman (European Tour), The Good Karma Hospital, Mrs Brown’s Boys) will play Eddy, Louisa Beadel (Fame (West End & UK Tour), King Lear (Shakespeare’s Globe), Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead and Future Conditional (Old Vic)) will play Morwenna, Becky Hurst (making her theatre debut) will play Grace and James William-Pattison (Once (UK Tour), The Last Ship (UK Tour), My Fair Lady (The Mill at Sonning), Agatha Christie’s Crooked House, ABBA Voyage) will play Owen, with musicians Hazel Askew, Mel Biggs, and Alfie Gidley with the band being lead by Musical Director James Findlay, and ensemble cast Hazel Simmons, Janet Mooney, Dominic Brewer and Martin Carroll.
They will be joining the previously announced James Gaddas (Casualty, Bad Girls, Coronation Street, The Girls, Billy Elliot, Monty Python’s Spamalot, Mamma Mia!) as Jim, Parisa Shahmir (The Snow Queen, The Last Ship and Mamma Mia!) as Alwyn, Robert Duncan (Drop the Dead Donkey, Casualty, Where the Heart Is, Twelve Angry Men) as Jago, Susan Penhaligon (Bouquet of Barbed Wire, Emmerdale, A Fine Romance, Three Sisters, The Real Thing, Mr Love, The Maintenance Man, Dangerous Corner and Of Mice and Men) as Maggie and Anton Stephans (finalist in The X Factor, Blues Brothers Meet Soul Sisters, Porgy and Bess, Starlight Express and Smokey Joe’s Cafe) as Leadville.
The UK, Ireland and Canada tour follows a highly successful, sold-out season at Hall for Cornwall, where box office records were smashed, making it the biggest selling production in Hall for Cornwall’s 25-year history.
FISHERMAN’S FRIENDS: THE MUSICAL is based on the true story of the Cornish singing sensations, Fisherman’s Friends, and the hit 2019 film about their life. When a group of Cornish fishermen came together to sing the traditional working songs they’d sung for generations, they hoped to raise a few quid for charity. Nobody, least of all the fishermen, expected their story to end on the Pyramid stage of Glastonbury. Packed with sea shanties, FISHERMAN’S FRIENDS is a feelgood voyage about friendship, community and music.
Featuring hit shanties made famous by the band including Keep Haulin’, Nelson’s Blood, No Hopers Jokers & Rogues and many more.
FISHERMAN’S FRIENDS: THE MUSICAL is directed by James Grieve and written by Amanda Whittington with choreography by Matt Cole, musical direction by James Findlay, set and costume design by Lucy Osborne, musical supervision and arrangements by David White, sound design by Dan Samson, lighting design by Johanna Town and casting by Jim Arnold.
The hit 2019 FISHERMAN’S FRIENDS movie, with a screenplay by Nick Moorcroft, Meg Leonard and Piers Ashworth delighted fans across the world with the sequel film, Fisherman’s Friends: One and All, set to be released in the UK on 19 August 2022.
FISHERMAN’S FRIENDS: THE MUSICAL is produced by ROYO with Flying Fish Productions, Mighty Village, Island Records, David Mirvish and Cornwall Playhouse Productions.
2022/23 TOUR SCHEDULE
Thurs 1 – Sat 10 September PLYMOUTH Theatre Royal 01752 267222
Tue 13 – Sat 17 September BIRMINGHAM The Alexandra 0844 871 7615*
Tue 20 – Sat 24 September CHELTENHAM Everyman 01242 572573
Tue 27 September – Sat 1 October SALFORD The Lowry 0843 208 6000
Tue 4 – Sat 8 October MILTON KEYNES Milton Keynes Theatre 0844 871 7615*
Tue 11 – Sat 15 October NEWCASTLE Theatre Royal 0191 232 7010
Tue 18 – Sat 22 October DUBLIN Gaiety Theatre 00 353 1 646 8600
Tue 25 – Sat 29 October CARDIFF New Theatre 0343 310 0041
Tue 1 – Sat 5 November BATH Theatre Royal 01225 448844
Tue 8 – Sat 19 November LEEDS Grand Theatre 0113 243 0808
Sun 27 November 2022 – TORONTO Royal Alexandra Theatre 001 1800 461 3333
Sun 15 January 2023 www.mirvish.com
Tue 31 January – Sat 4 February NOTTINGHAM Theatre Royal 0115 989 5555
Tue 7 – Sat 11 February SHEFFIELD Lyceum Theatre 0114 249 6000
Tue 14 – Sat 18 February SOUTHAMPTON Mayflower Theatre 02380 711811
Tue 21 – Sat 25 February CANTERBURY Marlowe Theatre 01227 787787
Tue 28 February – Sat 4 March RICHMOND Theatre 0844 871 7615*
Tue 7 – Sat 11 March BRIGHTON Theatre Royal 0844 871 7615*
Tue 14 – Sat 18 March OXFORD New Theatre 0844 871 7615*
Tue 21 – Sat 25 March MALVERN Festival Theatre 01684 892277
Tue 28 March – Sat 1 April LEICESTER Curve 0116 242 3595
Tue 4 – Sat 8 April TORQUAY Princess Theatre 0844 871 7615*
Tue 11 – Sat 22 April TRURO Hall For Cornwall 01872 262466
Weds 3 – Sat 6 May BRISTOL Hippodrome 0844 871 7615*
Tue 9 – Sat 13 May GLASGOW King’s Theatre 0844 871 7615*
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