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Sir Ian McKellen lends his voice to Am-Dram Society’s Little Shop of Horrors

Veteran of stage and screen Sir Ian McKellen has lent his vocal talents to a central London amateur dramatic society’s upcoming production of LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS after members heard him declare his desire to be in a musical in a recent Radio 4 interview.

Little Shop of HorrorsThe Lord of the Rings, X-Men and multi-award-winning stage star has provided a recording for the ‘Voice Not Unlike God’ – the narrator who introduces the beloved musical comedy with the ominous words ‘On the 21st day of the month of September, in an early year of a decade not too long before our own, the human race suddenly encountered a deadly threat to its very existence, and this terrifying enemy surfaced, as such enemies often do, in the seemingly most innocent and unlikely of places…’

McKellen adds his vocal talents to a cast of 17 for Geoids Musical Theatre’s production at London’s Bridewell Theatre later this month.

We were thrilled that Sir Ian agreed to contribute his unmistakable voice to our production,’ said the show’s director Chris Adams. ‘We are all enormous fans of his stage and screen work as well his contribution to LGBTQ+ activism, so it’s going to be exciting to hear him open our production every night with the gravitas that the show’s famous prologue deserves’.

When we heard that Sir Ian wanted to be in a musical, we decided to get in touch and offer him the opportunity to be in ours,’ added producer Giles Burden. ‘We didn’t really expect a reply – he’s a busy man, after all – but we’re delighted that he was up for it. We have a fabulous, talented cast so the addition of Sir Ian’s voice is the cherry on the cake’.

The rest of the cast is comprised of Katy Robinson (Audrey), James Thacker (Seymour), Tom Outhwaite (Mushnik), Joe Brown (Orin Scrivello), Gemma Davies (Chiffon), Sabrina Edwards (Crystal), Tasha Msanide (Ronnette), Hannah Roberts (Audrey II’s voice), Daniel Paul (Audrey II puppetry) and Alexandra Thomas, Basil Zafiropoulous, Ella Carter, Emma Fleming, Isla Brendon, James Marsh, Katie Monk and Sean Westwood (Ensemble). Dominic Bull is the Musical Director and Will Emery is the Choreographer.

LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS
BRIDEWELL THEATRE, BRIDE LANE, LONDON, EC4Y 8EQ
26 – 30 APRIL 2022

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