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Rock of Ages Announces 2023 Farewell Tour Cast

The producers of ROCK OF AGES are thrilled to announce full casting for the farewell tour of the production, starring Coronation Street star Kevin Kennedy as Dennis Dupree, opening at Peterborough New Theatre on Wednesday 1 February 2023. Kevin is joined by Sam Turrell as ‘Drew Boley’, Gabriella Williams as ‘Sherrie Christian’, Tim Oxbrow as ‘Lonny Barnett’, Cameron Sharp as ‘Stacee Jaxx’, Natalie Winsor as ‘Justice Charlier’, Vas Constanti as ‘Hertz Klinemann’, David Breeds as ‘Franz Klinemann’, Stephanie Chandos as ‘Regina’. The cast is completed by Erin Bell, Adam Strong, Scott Hayward, Darius James, Reece Duncan, Tianna Sealy-Jewiss, Janine Somcio, Rhys West and Phoebe Samuel-Gray.

ROCK OF AGES. Kevin Kennedy 'Dennis Dupree'. Photo The Other Richard.
ROCK OF AGES. Kevin Kennedy ‘Dennis Dupree’. Photo The Other Richard.

Following playing Peterborough, the tour will visit Bromley (7 – 11 February), Aberdeen (14 – 18 February), Blackpool (20 – 25 February), Truro (27 February – 4 March), Bradford (7 – 11 March), Manchester (14 – 18 March) and Barnstaple (21 – 25 March). From May the tour visits Llandudno, Crewe, Hull, Wolverhampton, Newcastle, and Swansea. Full casting for May dates onwards will be announced in due course. Full tour schedule below.

Kevin Kennedy is probably best known for his portrayal of ‘Curly Watts’ in “Coronation Street”. His West End theatre credits include ‘Amos’ in “Chicago” at the Adelphi Theatre and “We Will Rock You” at the Dominion Theatre. Kevin has played both ‘Caractacus Potts’ and ‘The Child Catcher’ in the hit musical “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”, becoming the first actor to have played both roles. He appeared as ‘Dennis Dupree’ in the 2018 UK Tour of “Rock of Ages” and has also appeared in the national tours of the musicals “The Rocky Horror Show”, “The Commitments” and Kay Mellor’s “Fat Friends”.

Sam Turrell returns to “Rock of Ages” and the role of ‘Drew’ having performed the show on the UK tour, and around the world on the NCL Breakaway cruise ship.

Gabriella Williams’ theatre credits include ‘Sophie’ in “Mamma Mia!” at the Novello Theatre, “Eugenius!” at the London Palladium, “Carrie The Musical” at the Southwark Playhouse and “Miss Saigon” and “Grease”, both on a UK tour.

Tim Oxbrow’s theatre credits include “Bat Out Of Hell” both in the West End and on the UK and Canada tour. His other credits include “Mythic” at the Charing Cross Theatre, the international tour of “Jesus Christ Superstar”, “Chess” at The Union Theatre and the UK Tour of “Spiderman The Musical”. On television he has appeared in ITV’s “Breaking The Band” and the BBC’s “Tales of the Empire”.

Cameron Sharp has appeared in the UK Tours of “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical”, “Rock of Ages” and “Avenue Q”. His West End credits include “School of Rock”, “Jesus Christ Superstar” and “Rock of Ages”.

Natalie Winsor’s theatre credits include “Abba Voyage” at the Abba Arena, “The Tempest” at Theatre Royal Bath, “King Arthur” at the Roses Theatre, “Fame” at The Shaftesbury Theatre, “Jekyll and Hyde” UK Tour and “Live and Upfront” at the London Palladium.

“ROCK OF AGES” is the hilarious musical comedy lavished with over 25 classic rock anthems, including, ‘We Built This City’, ‘The Final Countdown’, ‘Wanted Dead or Alive’, ‘Here I Go Again’, ‘Can’t Fight This Feeling’ and ‘I Want To Know What Love Is’, played loud and proud by an awesome live band. Leave it all behind and lose yourself in a city and a time where the dreams are as big as the hair, and yes, they can come true!

Now a global smash with hit seasons on Broadway, London’s West End and Las Vegas and a star-studded Hollywood movie version this show promises you the best party night out around.

The crew is made up of Company Manager Emma Eldridge-Doyle, Stage Manager Benjamin Larkin, Deputy Stage Manager Sophie Mason, Assistant Stage Manager Mali-Beth Rose, Technical Assistant Stage Manager Kyle Campbell, Sound 1 Olly Smith, Sound 2 Toby Maiden, LX1 Ben Webster, LX 2/Tech Swing Callum Brady-Temple, LX3 Sofie Mirza, Head of Wardrobe Melissa Hamill and Wardrobe Assistant Nicola Riley.

The band is made up of Musical Director and Keys Liam Holmes, Guitar 1 Liam Stevenson, Guitar 2 Alex Ward, Bass Guitar Elliot Mason and Drums Steve Hynes.

“ROCK OF AGES” has a book by Chris D’Arienzo and arrangements and orchestrations by Ethan Popp.

The full creative team includes Nick Winston (Director of the feature film “Tomorrow Morning”, “MAME”, “The Royal Variety Performance”) who Directs and Choreographs the show, Set and Costume design by Morgan Large (“The Woman in White”, “Joseph and the Technicolour Dreamcoat” and “Tell Me On A Sunday”), Lighting Design by Ben Cracknell (“Sunset Boulevard”, “Pantoland at the Palladium”, “Priscilla Queen of the Desert”), Sound Design by Ben Harrison (“Mame”, “Priscilla Queen of the Desert” and “Fame”) and Video and Projection design by Duncan McLean (“The Car Man, Nutcracker! and Magic Goes Wrong”). Casting Director is Jim Arnold CDG, Associate Director is Victoria Gimby, Associate Choreographer is Ryan-Lee Seager and Associate Lighting Designer is Chris Vaughan. Costume Supervision by Lee Tassie and Production Management by Phil McCandlish.

ROCK OF AGES UK AND IRELAND TOUR LISTINGS 2023

WEDNESDAY 1 FEBRUARY – SATURDAY 4 FEBRUARY 2023
New Theatre, Peterborough
newtheatre-peterborough.com
Kevin Kennedy – Dennis Dupree

TUESDAY 7 FEBRUARY – SATURDAY 11 FEBRUARY 2023
Churchill Theatre, Bromley
www.churchilltheatre.co.uk
Kevin Kennedy – Dennis Dupree

TUESDAY 14 FEBRUARY – SATURDAY 18 FEBRUARY 2023
Her Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen
www.aberdeenperformingarts.com
Kevin Kennedy – Dennis Dupree

MONDAY 20 FEBRUARY – SATURDAY 25 FEBRUARY 2023
Blackpool Winter Gardens
www.wintergardensblackpool.co.uk
Kevin Kennedy – Dennis Dupree

TUESDAY 28 FEBRUARY – SATURDAY 4 MARCH 2023
Hall for Cornwall, Truro
www.hallforcornwall.co.uk
Kevin Kennedy – Dennis Dupree

TUEDAY 7 MARCH – SATURDAY 11 MARCH 2023
Bradford, The Alhambra
www.bradford-theatres.co.uk
Kevin Kennedy – Dennis Dupree

TUESDAY 14 MARCH – SATURDAY 18 MARCH 2023
Manchester Opera House
Kevin Kennedy – Dennis Dupree
ON SALE NOW

TUESDAY 21 MARCH – SATURDAY 25 MARCH 2023
Queens Theatre, Barnstaple
www.queenstheatre-barnstaple.com
Kevin Kennedy – Dennis Dupree
ON SALE NOW

Full casting for the following venues to be announced:

TUESDAY 2 MAY – SATURDAY 6 MAY 2023
Venue Cymru, Llandudno
www.venuecymru.co.uk

TUESDAY 9 MAY – SATURDAY 13 MAY 2023
Lyceum Theatre, Crewe
www.crewelyceum.co.uk

TUESDAY 16 MAY – SATURDAY 20 MAY 2023
Hull New Theatre
www.hulltheatres.co.uk

TUESDAY 23 MAY – SATURDAY 27 MAY 2023
Wolverhampton Grand Theatre
www.grandtheatre.co.uk

TUESDAY 13 JUNE – SATURDAY 17 JUNE 2023
Newcastle Theatre Royal
www.theatreroyal.co.uk

TUESDAY 20 JUNE – SATURDAY 24 JUNE 2023
Swansea Grand Theatre
www.swanseagrand.co.uk

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