Casting has been announced for Gary Barlow and Tim Firth’s new British musical THE GIRLS.
The ‘Girls’ will be played by Debbie Chazen as Ruth, Sophie-Louise Dann as Celia, Michele Dotrice as Jessie, Claire Machin as Cora, Claire Moore as Chris and Joanna Riding as Annie.
Debbie Chazen played Ethel Kingsley in Mike Leigh’s film Topsy-Turvy and her many television credits include the lead roles of Annie in Smoking Room and Kelly-Su Crabtree in Psychoville.
Sophie-Louise Dann’s West End credits include Bend It Like Beckham, Made in Dagenham, Lend me a Tenor, for which she received an Olivier Award nomination, and Forbidden Broadway.
Michele Dotrice is perhaps best known for her role as Betty opposite Michael Crawford in the BBC’s highly successful series, Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em. Her most recent West End stage appearances include Nell Gwynn, for which she received an Olivier Award nomination, The Importance of Being Earnest and When We Are Married.
Claire Machin’s credits include My Fair Lady, Mary Poppins, Betty Blue Eyes and Memphis.
Claire Moore originated the role of Ellen in Miss Saigon. Her other credits include Christine in The Phantom of the Opera, Fantine and Madame Thenardier in Les Miserables and the National Theatre’s award-winning London Road.
Joanna Riding won the Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical twice for her roles as Julie in Carousel at the National Theatre and as Eliza Doolitle in My Fair Lady.
Also in the cast will be Joe Caffrey as Rod, Jeremy Clyde as Denis, John Davitt as Doctor, Soo Drouet as Brenda, James Gaddas as John, Jenny Gayner as Miss Wilson (coffee), Steve Giles as Lawrence, Maxwell Hutcheon as Colin, Shirley Jameson as Miss Wilson (tea), Marian McLoughlin as Marie, Judith Street as Lady Cravenshire and Jane Lambert, Rebecca Lewis, Victoria Blackburn, Frazer Hadfield, Josh Benson, Ben Hunter and Chloe May Jackson.
Based on the true story, film and stage play of Calendar Girls, this new musical comedy features original music by Gary Barlow and lyrics by Tim Firth, who wrote the original screenplay and West End play.
THE GIRLS runs from 28 January 2017 at the Phoenix Theatre.