Final casting has been announced for the European première of acclaimed Broadway musical Grey Gardens

Aaron Sidwell, Billy Boyle, Jeremy Legat, Ako Mitchell and Rachel Anne Rayham will join the previously announced Olivier Award-winning West End stars, Sheila Hancock and Jenna Russell.  Also in the cast are child actors Alana Hinge, Grace Jenkins, Rebecca Nardin and Eleanor Waldron.

Billy Boyle, who has just finished two years playing Grandpa George in Charlie and The Chocolate Factory at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, is a veteran of the West End stage having played leading roles in over 15 hit shows from his big break in Maggie May in 1964 to Barnaby in Hello, Dolly! at The Theatre Royal Drury Lane, Maurice in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast and Dirty Dancing.

Aaron Sidwell joins the cast direct from starring as Johnny in Green Day’s American Idiot at the Arts Theatre. His other starring roles include Loserville (Garrick), Cool Rider (Duchess Theatre) and Carl Bruner in Ghost The Musical. He played Steven Beale in over 100 episodes of EastEnders.

Jeremy Legat most recently played Camille in Thérèse Raquin at Finborough Theatre and Park Theatre.

Ako Mitchell’s West End roles include Mufasa in The Lion King, Sweaty Eddie in Sister Act, Gabriel in Fences and Mitch in Jamie Lloyd’s première of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at the Donmar Warehouse

Broadway musical Grey Gardens is based on an iconic 1975 documentary, telling the spectacular real life rise and fall of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis’s aunt and cousin, Edith and Edie Bouvier Beale. The story was made into an award winning film by HBO starring Drew Barrie More as Edie and Jessica Lange as Edith in 2009.

Grey Gardens is directed by Thom Southerland with choreography by Lee Proud, set design by Tom Rogers, lighting design by Howard Hudson, sound design by Andrew Johnson and costume design by Jonathan Lipman.

Grey Gardens will play a limited 6 week run from 2 January 2016 until 6 February 2016. For more info click here