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Rock of Ages UK Tour Cast Announcement

Rock of Ages UK TourFollowing a three-year run in London’s West End, audiences around the country will get the chance to enjoy ROCK OF AGES The Musical as it embarks on a UK tour, opening at The Palace Theatre, Manchester on 5th May 2014.

The show will then tour to: Birmingham, Edinburgh, Torquay, Nottingham, Bromley, Bradford, Aylesbury, Bristol, Stoke, Liverpool, Sunderland, Glasgow, Brighton, Milton Keynes, Woking, York, Southampton, Dublin, Belfast, Hull, Cardiff, Oxford, Sheffield, Southend and Wimbledon.

Ben Richards will star as rock god Stacee Jaxx, with more casting to be announced soon. Richards is best known for playing Bruno Milligan in ITV hit-television series Footballers Wives, along with roles in The Bill and Holby City, and as a regular judge on the BBC’s Strictly Dance Fever. He returns to the stage in Rock of Ages after an extensive career in London’s West End and around the UK. Previous theatre credits include Sky Masterton in Guys and Dolls (West End and UK tour), Tony Manero in Saturday Night Fever (West End and UK tour), and Jerry Lukowski in The Full Monty (West End).  Richards’ film credits include Julie and the Cadillacs and Bring Me The Head of Mavis Davis.

Noel Sullivan stars alongside Ben Richards as Drew Boley. Noel is currently playing Tick in the UK and Ireland tour of Priscilla Queen of the Desert and has previously starred as Galileo in We Will Rock You and Danny Zuko in Grease, both in the West End. Sullivan is also well-known as a member of the pop group Hear’Say, completing multiple arena tours with the band. Other theatre credits include young Yusef Islam in Moonshadow (Royal Albert Hall), Black Mountain Male Chorus of Wales (US Tour), Nick Piazza in Fame the Musical (Edinburgh Playhouse). TV Credits include: Gavin and StaceyPopstarsMeet the Popstars, Hear’say It’s SaturdayHear’say the Next ChapterThe Royal Variety Show and Top Of The Pops.

ROCK OF AGES The Musical is the ultimate rock mix-tape musical, an hilarious story of dreams, love and – of course – rock. A celebration of classic 80s rock culture, the show tells the story of a small town girl and a big city rocker falling in love to the greatest songs of the decade. Featuring memorable tunes such as ‘We Built This City’, ‘The Final Countdown’, ‘I Wanna Know What Love Is’ and ‘Don’t Stop Believin’, the show brings its wild celebration of Los Angeles rock culture to the UK. Warning: this show may unleash your inner rock god, and have you reaching for your air guitar in the aisles.

Following the musical’s onstage success around the globe, a star-studded movie version of the show was released in 2012. It starred, amongst others, Tom Cruise, Alec Baldwin, Russell Brand and Catherine Zeta-Jones.

ROCK OF AGES The Musical is written by Chris D’Arienzo, directed by Kristin Hanggi and choreographed by Kelly Devine.  The UK Associate Director & Choreographer for this tour is Leigh Constantine, and the UK Musical Supervisor is Elliott Ware.  Scenic design for the production is by Beowulf Boritt, costume design is by Tony Award nominee Gregory Gale, lighting design is by Jason Lyons, sound design is by Tony Award nominee Peter Hylenski, and projection design is by Zachary Borovay.  Further casting will be announced soon.

LISTINGS

Website: www.rockofagesmusical.co.uk

UK tour schedule:

Monday 5 May 2014 – Saturday 10 May 2014
PALACE THEATRE, MANCHESTER
Press Night: Tuesday 6 May, 7.30pm
0844 871 3019

Monday 12 May 2014 – Saturday 17 May 2014
NEW ALEXANDRA THEATRE BIRMINGHAM
0844 848 2700

Monday 19 May 2014 – Saturday 24 May 2014
EDINBURGH PLAYHOUSE
0844 871 3014

Monday 2 June 2014 – Saturday 7 June 2014
PRINCESS THEATRE TORQUAY
0844 871 3023

Monday 9 June 2014 – Saturday 14 June 2014
NOTTINGHAM THEATRE ROYAL
http://www.trch.co.uk/
0115 989 5555

Monday 16 June 2014 – Saturday 21 June 2014
THE CHURCHILL THEATRE BROMLEY
0844 871 7620

Monday 23 June 2014 – Saturday 28 June 2014
BRADFORD ST GEORGE’S HALL
01274 432375

Monday 30 June 2014 – Saturday 5 July 2014
AYLESBURY WATERSIDE THEATRE
0844 871 7627

Monday 7 July2014 – Saturday 12 July 2014
BRISTOL HIPPODROME
0844 871 3012

Monday 14 July 2014 – Saturday 19 July 2014
REGENT THEATRE STOKE
0844 871 7627

Monday 21 July 2014 – Saturday 26 July 2014
LIVERPOOL EMPIRE
0844 871 3017

Monday 28 July 2014 – Saturday 2 August 2014
SUNDERLAND EMPIRE
0844 871 3022

Monday 4 August 2014 – Saturday 9 August 2014
KINGS THEATRE, GLASGOW
0844 871 7648

Monday 11 August 2014 – Saturday 16 August 2014
THEATRE ROYAL, BRIGHTON
0844 871 7627

Monday 18 August 2014 – Saturday 23 August 2014
MILTON KEYNES THEATRE
0844 871 7652

Monday 25 August 2014 – Saturday 30 August 2014
NEW VICTORIA THEATRE WOKING
0844 871 7645

Monday 1 September 2014 – Saturday 6 September 2014
GRAND OPERA HOUSE YORK
0844 871 3024

Monday 8 September – Saturday 13 September 2014
SOUTHAMPTON
www.mayflower.org.uk
023 8071 1811

Monday 15 September 2014 – Saturday 20 September 2014
DUBLIN
www.bordgaisenergytheatre.ie
(Ireland) 0818 719 377 (UK) 0844 847 2455

Monday 22 September 2014 – Saturday 27 September 2014
BELFAST
www.goh.co.uk
028 9024 1919

Monday 29 September 2014 – Saturday 4 October 2014
HULL
01482 300300

Monday 6 October 2014 – Saturday 11 October 2014
CARDIFFF NEW THEATRE
www.newtheatrecardiff.co.uk
029 2087 8889

Monday 20 October 2014 – Saturday 25 October 2014
NEW THEATRE, OXFORD
0844 871 3020

Monday 27 October 2014 – Saturday 1 November 2014
LYCEUM THEATRE, SHEFFIELD
www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk
0114 249 6000

Monday 10 November 2014 – Saturday 15 November 2014
SOUTHEND
www.southendtheatres.org.uk
01702 351135

Monday 17 November 2014 – Saturday 22 November 2014
NEW WIMBLEDON
020 8545 7900

Notes to Editors:

Creative Team

Writer: Chris D’Arienzo
Director: Kristin Hanggi
Choreographer: Kelly Devine
Designer: Beowulf Boritt
Costume Designer: Gregory Gale
Lighting Designer: Jason Lyons
Sound Designer: Peter Hylenski
Projection Designer: Zachary Borovay
UK Associate Director/Choreographer: Leigh Constantine
UK Music Supervisor:  Elliott Ware

Ben Richards: Full Biography
Ben’s TV credits include PC Nate Roberts (series regular) in The Bill; Justin (series regular) in Holby City; Gayle Tuesday; Bruno Milligan (series regular) in Footballers Wives & Footballers Wives Extra Time, Doctors and Dad.  Ben’s film credits include: Chakara, Julie and the Cadillacs and Bring me the Head of Mavis Davis. Ben’s extensive theatre credits include leads in Oliver! at the Sheffield Crucible, 9 to 5 UK Tour, Priscilla Queen of the Desert at The Palace Theatre, Guys And Dolls at The Piccadilly Theatre, Grease at the Victoria Palace Theatre and the UK Tour, Little Shop of Horrors at the Yeovil Octagon Theatre, The Full Monty at the Prince of Wales Theatre, Saturday Night Fever at the London Palladium, Smokey Joes Café at the Prince of Wales Theatre, Grease at the Dominion Theatre, Up On The Roof at the Queens Theatre, Hornchurch and Hot Mikado at the Queens Theatre. Ben’s recording credits include original cast recordings for Grease, Hot Mikado, and Radio times.

He has also recorded songs and shot videos for both Singers Inc. Vol 1 and 2.  Ben also appeared as a judge on the second series of Strictly Dance Fever for BBC 1.

Noel Sullivan: Full Biography
Theatre Credits include: Tick in Priscilla Queen of the Desert (UK and Ireland Tour); Galileo in We Will Rock You (UK National Tour); Danny Zuko in Grease (Piccadilly Theatre); young Yusef Islam in Moonshadow (Royal Albert Hall); Black Mountain Male Chorus of Wales (US Tour); Danny Zuko in Grease (Jersey Opera House); Nick Piazza in Fame the Musical (Edinburgh Playhouse); Will in Love Shack (National Tour); Royal Gala Opening (Wales Millenium Centre); What a Feeling (National Tour); Glamorous Night, The Music of Ivor Novello (Wales Millenium Centre); Simply Ballroom (Golden Nugget, Las Vegas); The 12 Irish Tenors (Reno, Branson); Nick Hurley in Flashdance the Musical (National Tour); Terminal Four Play (Theatre503, Latitude Festival). Arena Tours include: Popstars (36 date National Tour); Stormy in Moonshadow (Royal Albert Hall, O2 Dublin, Liverpool Echo Arena, Birmingham NIA). TV Credits Include: Gavin and Stacey, Popstars, Meet the Popstars, Hear’say It’s Saturday, Hear’say the Next Chapter, The Royal Variety Show, Top Of The Pops, MTV Select, Trust Me I’m A Holiday Rep. Recording Credits Include: Popstars, Hear’say; Everybody, Hear’say; Hafan Gobaith for Ty Hafan and Bryn Terfel; Dr Who, The Ultimate Adventure, Jason; Moonshadow for Yusuf Islam, Stormy; Acoustig by Amy Wadge, Moment.

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