The producers of the London production of Kinky Boots have started casting the lead role of drag queen Lola.

Billy Porter as Lola in the Broadway production of Kinky Boots

Billy Porter as Lola in the Broadway production of Kinky Boots

Smash-hit Broadway show Kinky Boots is on its way to London!

Daryl Roth and Hal Luftig, the producers of the Broadway show, along with UK general managers Playful Productions, have started the casting process for the London production of Kinky Boots,

Slated to run in London from 21 August 2015, auditions will take place in February and March for July rehearsals.

Producers are looking to cast a real star in the demanding lead role of Lola/Simon and are hoping that open auditions might throw up a gem.

Billy Porter, who plays Lola in the Broadway production and bagged a Tony Award for his efforts, will not be coming to London to play the part as previously suggested. His contract did take him up to July 2014, meaning an August transfer to London could have been on the cards. But the star turn has recently renewed his contract to take him through to January 2016.

Tony Award winner Jerry Mitchell (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Legally Blonde) will return to the show to direct and choreograph the London production.

Based on the acclaimed British film starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Kinky Boots The Musical won six Tony Awards on Broadway including Best Musical and features a score by pop superstar Cyndi Lauper and a book by four-time Tony winner Harvey Fierstein.

Set in Northampton, the show concerns a young guy who takes over his father’s ailing shoe factory. After a chance meeting with fabulous drag queen Lola, he forms a plan to save the factory despite opposition from workers and family.

A London theatre is yet to be announced for the show, with several big venues currently being muted.

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