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Photos: New cast of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at the Savoy Theatre

November 24, 2014 

Production photos of the new cast of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at the Savoy Theatre including Alex Gaumond, Bonnie Langford and Gary Wilmot.

A new cast has joined the smash-hit musical comedy Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at the Savoy Theatre in London.

Alex Gaumond (Matilda, We Will Rock You, Legally Blonde) has now joined the cast as conman Freddy Benson, alongside original leads, Olivier, Tony and BAFTA winning actor Robert Lindsay (Oliver!, My Family) as rival conmen Lawrence Jameson, and Katherine Kingsley (Singin’ in the Rain) as Christine Colgate.

Bonnie Langford (Spamalot) as Muriel Eubanks and Gary Wilmot (The Pajama Game) as Andre Thibault have also joined the cast of this hit show, which leaves the Savoy in March 2015.

Directed and choreographed by Tony Award winning Jerry Mitchell (Kinky Boots, Legally Blonde), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels features music and lyrics by David Yazbek (The Full Monty) and a book by the Golden Globe winner Jeffery Lane (Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown) and set and costumes are by Peter McKintosh.

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Review of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at the Savoy Theatre

November 21, 2014 

Review of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at the Savoy Theatre

★★★★

A cast change at Jerry Mitchell’s sunny production of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at the Savoy Theatre prompts this review, and we’re pleased to report that it remains a thing of theatrical beauty.

Any one of a Cote d’Azur setting, dancing bellboys at a glamorous hotel or Katherine Kingsley in chiffon would probably suffice on its own. But add in a cast overflowing with talent, the slickest direction and choreography you are likely to see this side of the Atlantic and a show-stopping new cast member, and you have that rare thing, West End alchemy.

The said new cast member is Alex Gaumond. Not unfamous in the West End, he has been catching our eye for a while, from his star turn in Mitchell’s Legally Blonde, to step-in roles in We Will Rock You and Matilda.

He steps-in again in this show, this time following Rufus Hound as brash young American con-man Freddy Benson. And I defy anyone to find a more confident, joyous and accomplished performance in the West End as he is giving right now. Clearly relishing every last gag, Gaumond is a rare find – someone who sings divinely, moves and dances with skill, can play comedy that punches every single gag home, and delivers an easy charm that wins over pretty much everyone in the audience. If he doesn’t become one of the most successful stage stars of his generation then there’s something wrong (with everything).

Alex Gaumond and Robert Lindsay in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at the Savoy Theatre

Alex Gaumond and Robert Lindsay in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at the Savoy Theatre

Other new additions to the cast include Bonnie Langford as Muriel Eubanks and Gary Wilmot as Andrew Thibault, both having fun and delivering the required sparkle in champagne bucket loads.

Robert Lindsay remains as elder-statesman conman Lawrence Jameson, channelling Nathan Lane in The Producers as he cons a succession of dames out of their dough. He may often be playing Robert Lindsay playing suave, sophisticated and arrogant, but hey, no one can play Robert Lindsay like him.

He commands the show from the beginning to end and justly deserves the top billing, but it’s the sheer energy and will of his co-stars, including the joyful versatility of Katherine Kingsley, that make it all work – and sometimes saves him from himself.

In short, a succession of beautifully judged performances, from stars to ensemble, make this the happiest, snappiest and slickest musical comedy currently on the West End stage.

PAUL RAVEN

Urgent Note: With Gypsy coming in to the Savoy at the end of March, it may be your last chance to see Dirty Rotten Scoundrels in the West End. Don’t blow it!

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Photo First Look: New Dirty Rotten Scoundrels poster

November 7, 2014 

Photo First Look: Alex Gaumond in new Dirty Rotten Scoundrels poster alongside Robert Lindsay, Katherine Kingsley, Bonnie Langford and Gary Wilmot.

The producers of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at the Savoy Theatre have released a new cast poster.

Alex Gaumond (Matilda, We Will Rock You, Legally Blonde) joins the cast of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels as conman Freddy Benson from this Tuesday, 11 November 2014.

Alex joins an all-star cast including Olivier, Tony and BAFTA winning actor Robert Lindsay (Oliver!, My Family) as rival conmen Lawrence Jameson, Katherine Kingsley (Singin’ in the Rain) as Christine Colgate, Bonnie Langford (Spamalot) as Muriel Eubanks and Gary Wilmot (The Pajama Game) as Andre Thibault.

Alex Gaumond and the lead cast of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at the Savoy Theatre

Alex Gaumond and the lead cast of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at the Savoy Theatre

Directed and choreographed by Tony Award winning Jerry Mitchell (Kinky Boots, Legally Blonde), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels features music and lyrics by David Yazbek (The Full Monty) and a book by the Golden Globe winner Jeffery Lane (Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown) and set and costumes are by Peter McKintosh.

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Dirty Rotten Scoundrels: Bonnie Langford and Gary Wilmot to join cast

September 8, 2014 

Bonnie Langford and Gary Wilmot to join Robert Lindsay, Rufus Hound and Katherine Kingsley in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at the Savoy Theatre.

Bonnie Langford

Bonnie Langford

Gary Wilmot

Gary Wilmot

The producers of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at the Savoy Theatre have announced that West End favourites Bonnie Langford and Gary Wilmot are to join the cast of the show.

The pair will begin performances at the Savoy Theatre from 16 September 2014 and star alongside current lead actors Robert Lindsay, Rufus Hound and Katherine Kingsley.

Bonnie Langford is best known for TV roles including Just William and Doctor Who, and a host of stage roles including Spamalot, Chicago and Cats. She will join the show taking over from Samantha Bond in the role of Muriel Eubanks.

Gary Wilmot is well known on both stage and screen including stage roles in The Pajama Game, Chicago, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Me and My Girl. Gary will be playing Andre Thibault, Beaumont-Sur-Mer’s Chief of Police.

Based on the 1988 film starring Michael Caine and Steve Martin, the hit show is directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Jerry Mitchell (Kinky Boots, Legally Blonde) with music and lyrics by Drama Desk Award winner David Yazbek (The Full Monty) and book by the Golden Globe and Emmy-Award winning Jeffrey Lane (Mad About You).

Other cast include Lizzy Connolly as Jolene, Gavin Alex, Darren Bennett, Niamh Bracken, Lisa Bridge, Darren Carnall, Andy Conaghan, Phoebe Coupe, Claire Doyle, Alice Fearn, Selina Hamilton, Ian Knauer, Lisa Mathieson, Zak Nemorin, Genevieve Nicole, Javier Santos, Todd Talbot, Dominic Tribuzio, Jon Tsouras and Zara Warren.

Set on the sunny French Riviera, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is a comedy tale of two conmen competing for the riches and the heart of a young impressionable heiress.

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Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at the Savoy Theatre starring Robert Lindsay

September 1, 2014 

Musical comedy Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at the Savoy Theatre starring Robert Lindsay, Alex Gaumond, Katherine Kingsley, Bonnie Langford and Gary Wilmot.

Olivier, Tony and BAFTA winning actor Robert Lindsay (Oliver!, My Family) and acclaimed musicals actor Alex Gaumond (Matilda, We Will Rock You, Legally Blonde) star as rival conmen Lawrence Jameson and Freddy Benson in musical comedy Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.

Now playing at the Savoy Theatre, this UK premiere of the hit musical is based on the 1988 movie starring Michael Caine and Steve Martin.

Lindsay and Gaumond are joined in the show by acclaimed actress Katherine Kingsley (Singin’ in the Rain) as Christine Colgate, Bonnie Langford as Muriel Eubanks and Gary Wilmot as Andre Thibault.

Directed and choreographed by Tony Award winning Jerry Mitchell (Kinky Boots, Legally Blonde), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels features music and lyrics by David Yazbek (The Full Monty) and a book by the Golden Globe winner Jeffery Lane (Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown) and set and costumes are by Peter McKintosh.

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THE STORY

Against the glamorous backdrop of the French Riviera, this musical comedy centres on the decadent world of sophisticated conman Lawrence Jameson (Robert Lindsay), whose world is set to come crashing down with the arrival of rival conman Freddy Benson (Alex Gaumond). As the two go head-to-head to out-con each other and the affections of soap heiress Christine Colgate (Katherine Kingsley).

REVIEWS

★★★★★ “Stonking great hit” Telegraph
“A masterclass in how to put on a musical” Baz, Daily Mail
★★★★ The Guardian
★★★★ The Telegraph
★★★★ The Evening Standard

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels extends run at Savoy Theatre

May 16, 2014 

Hit musical Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at the Savoy Theatre is extending its booking period.

The show will now book to 7 March 2015.

Robert Lindsay and Rufus Hound in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Robert Lindsay and Rufus Hound in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels stars Robert Lindsay, Rufus Hound, Katherine Kingsley and Samantha Bond, and is directed and choreographed by Tony Award-winner Jerry Mitchell (Kinky Boots, Legally Blonde).

The show garnered great reviews when it opened in April 2014 and the comedy caper is proving a big draw at the Savoy Theatre box office.

Based on the much-loved Michael Caine and Steve Martin movie, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels The Musical is headlined by Olivier and Tony award winner Robert Lindsay (Me And My Girl, Oliver!, My Family) and comedian Rufus Hound (Neville’s Island, One Man Two Guv’nors).

The two play conmen Lawrence Jameson and Freddy Benson, who compete on the glamorous French Riviera for the riches and the heart of the young impressionable heiress, Christine Colgate (Katherine Kingsley – Singin’ in the Rain).

The show forms the first collaboration between Jerry Mitchell Productions and Ambassador Theatre Group, who own the Savoy Theatre.

Other featured cast in the show include John Marquez as Andre Thibault, Lizzy Connolly as Jolene, plus Gavin Alex, Darren Bennett, Niamh Bracken, Lisa Bridge, Darren Carnall, Andy Conaghan, Phoebe Coupe, Claire Doyle, Alice Fearn, Selina Hamilton, Ian Knauer, Lisa Mathieson, Zak Nemorin, Genevieve Nicole, Javier Santos, Todd Talbot, Dominic Tribuzio, Jon Tsouras and Zara Warren.

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Reviews Round-up: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at the Savoy Theatre

April 3, 2014 

Round-up of reviews of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at the Savoy Theatre

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at the Savoy Theatre. Photo © Johan Persson

New musical comedy Dirty Rotten Scoundrels has opened at the Savoy Theatre – and its a hit!

Starring Robert Lindsay, Rufus Hound, Katherine Kingsley and Samantha Bond, the show is directed by Tony Award winning Jerry Mitchell (Kinky Boots, Legally Blonde).

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Photos: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at the Savoy Theatre

April 2, 2014 

Production photos of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at the Savoy Theatre

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at the Savoy Theatre. Photo © Johan Persson

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at the Savoy Theatre. Photo © Johan Persson

New musical comedy Dirty Rotten Scoundrels has opened at the Savoy Theatre – and its a hit!

Starring Robert Lindsay, Rufus Hound, Katherine Kingsley and Samantha Bond, the show is directed by Tony Award winning Jerry Mitchell (Kinky Boots, Legally Blonde).

 

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Photos: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels Launch and Rehearsals

January 23, 2014 

Photos of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels rehearsals and launch event.

Robert Lindsay and Katherine Kingsley in rehearsals for Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Robert Lindsay and Katherine Kingsley in rehearsals for Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Rehearsals for big new musical comedy Dirty Rotten Scoundrels are in full spring, in preparation for its 10 March 2014 opening at the Savoy Theatre.

Jerry Mitchell (Kinky Boots, Legally Blonde) is in the director’s chair for the show, which stars Robert Lindsay, Rufus Hound, Katherine Kingsley and Samantha Bond.

Today, Thursday 23 January, also saw a launch event in London for the show.

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Dirty Rotten Scoundrels – Cast

November 1, 2013 

Cast highlights for Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at the Savoy Theatre

ROBERT LINDSAY

Robert Lindsay (Lawrence Jameson) is an Olivier, Tony and BAFTA award-winning actor. He is best known for his brilliantly comedic performance in My Family, which ran for nine series and for which he was nominated for the 2001 BAFTA for Best Comedy Performance, and on stage his award winning performance in Me And My Girl, alongside Emma Thompson, for which he won an Olivier and Tony Award. Roberts other stage credits include The Lion In Winter at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, Onassis at Derby Playhouse/Novello Theatre, Aristo at the Minerva Theatre, Chichester, The Entertainer and Trelawny Of The Wells both at the Old Vic, Power at the National Theatre, Richard III at the Savoy Theatre, Oliver! at the Palladium Theatre, Cyrano De Bergerac at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket, Becket at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket, for which he won the 1992 Variety Club Best Theatre Actor award and was nominated for the 1992 Olivier Award for Actor of The Year, and Philoctetes at the Royal Exchange Theatre, for which he won the Manchester Evening News Theatre Award for Best Actor. His other screen credits include Spy, Falcon, George And Bernard Shaw, The Trial Of Tony Blair, Jericho, Friends And Crocodiles, Goodbye My Love, Jake’s Progress, for which he was nominated for the 1995 BAFTA for Best Actor, G.B.H., for which he won the 1991 BAFTA for Best Actor and the RTS award for Best Actor, Confessional, Give Us A Break, King Lear, Cymbeline, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, All’s Well That Ends Well, Twelfth Night, Seconds Out, Citizen Smith, Get Some In!, Grace Of Monaco, Wimbledon, Divorcing Jack, Remember Me?, Fierce Creatures, Strike It Rich, Bert Rigby, You’re A Fool, Adventures Of A Taxi Driver, Three For All and That’ll Be The Day.

ALEX GAUMOND

Alex Gaumond’s (Freddie Benson) most recent stage credits include playing Agatha Trunchbull in Matilda for the RSC at the Cambridge Theatre, Alberto Beddini in Top Hat at the Aldwych Theatre, Galileo in We Will Rock You at the Dominion Theatre & original UK tour (for which he received a WhatsOnStage Award nomination for Best Takeover in a Role) and Emmett Forrest opposite Sheridan Smith’s Elle in Legally Blonde at the Savoy Theatre (for which he received nominations for both an Olivier and WhatsOnStage Award for Best Actor in a Musical). He has also played in Desperately Seeking Susan at the Novello Theatre, Guys and Dolls for the UK Tour of the Donmar Warehouse’s production, Sunday In The Park With George at the Wyndham’s Theatre, Scrooge at the London Palladium, The Full Monty at the Prince Of Wales Theatre and UK tour, Unity 1918 at the Old Vic, Gone at the New Ambassadors Theatre and Miss Saigon on UK tour.

KATHERINE KINGSLEY

Katherine Kingsley’s (Christine Colgate) last musical theatre role was in Singinʼ In The Rain at Chichester Festival Theatre/Palace Theatre, West End, for which she was nominated for both the 2012 Olivier Award for Best Performance in a Supporting Role in a Musical and the 2013 What’s On Stage Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Musical. Her other theatre credits include A Midsummer Nightʼs Dream at the Noel Coward Theatre alongside Sheridan Smith and David Walliams, Relative Values at Bath Theatre Royal, The 24 Hour Musical Celebrity Gala at The Old Vic, Heart To Heart at the Minerva Theatre, Chichester, Dusk Rings A Bell for the Hightide Festival, The 25th Annual Putnum County Spelling Bee at the Donmar Warehouse, which was nominated for the 2012 What’s On Stage Award for Best Ensemble, Company for Sondheims 80th Celebration at the Donmar Warehouse/Queens Theatre, Aspects Of Love at the Menier Chocolate Factory, The 39 Steps at Liverpool Playhouse and UK Tour, Piaf! at the Donmar Warehouse/Vaudeville Theatre, West End, for which she was nominated for the 2009 Olivier Award for Best Performance in a Supporting Role in a Musical, Hobsonʼs Choice at Chichester Festival Theatre, High Society at the Shaftesbury Theatre, West End, Habeas Corpus at the Northcott Theatre, Exeter, The Memory Of Water at Bristol Old Vic and Suddenly At Home at the Theatre Royal Windsor. Her screen credits include The Bill, Casualty, Jane Halls Big Bad Bus Ride, Telephone Detectives, Operation Good Guys, Weekend, Days Of The Siren and 100 Second Marriage.

BONNIE LANGFORD

Bonnie Langford’s (Muriel Eubanks) extensive West End roles began at the age of seven with Gone with the Wind at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. The following year she played ‘Baby June’ in Gypsy opposite Angela Lansbury at the Piccadilly Theatre which also went on a national tour, before a run on Broadway (for which she was nominated for a Drama Desk Award). She has starred in many smash hit musicals including Cats at the New London Theatre (original London cast); ‘Roxie Hart’ in Chicago at the Adelphi Theatre/Cambridge Theatre and on Broadway/North American national tour,The Pirates Of Penzance at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane and London Palladium; Peter Pan – The Musical (playing the title role) at the Aldwych Theatre; Me And My Girl at the Adelphi Theatre; and her much acclaimed portrayal of ‘Charity’ in Sweet Charity at the Victoria Palace Theatre. Further stage credits include playing The Lady Of The Lake in Spamalot at the Playhouse Theatre, Roz Keith in 9 to 5, The Musical on UK tour and on Broadway she starred in her own critically acclaimed cabaret show as part of the Brits Off Broadway season at 59E59 Theatres. She has toured the UK in Oklahoma!; Charlie Girl; 42nd Street and as ‘Miss Adelaide’ in Guys and Dolls (Donmar Warehouse Theatre Production) and Fosse.
Bonnie appeared in the hit musical film Bugsy Malone and many TV series including Just William, The Lena and Bonnie Show, the award-winning Hot Shoe Show, Hotel Babylon, Marple, The Catherine Tate Show, The Spa and as the 22nd assistant to BBC TV’s Doctor Who. She has been the subject of ITV’s This Is Your Life. In 2006, she learned to ice skate in front of millions on the hit show Dancing on Ice, skating her way to the final. Bonnie returned to the ice for the special Champion of Champions, before taking part in Dancing on Ice – The Live Tour, in both 2007 and 2008. Earlier this year she returned for the final series of Dancing On Ice.

GARY WILMOT

Gary Wilmot’s (Andre Thibault)  musical theatre stardom began following in Robert Lindsay’s shoes, playing the role of Bill Snibson to critical acclaim in the hit musical production of Me and My Girl at the Adelphi Theatre. His other extensive theatre credits include
The Pajama Game at the Shaftesbury Theatre, From Hackney to Hollywood on a UK Tour, Radio Times at the Watermill Theatre/UK Tour, Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime on UK Tour, The Invisible Man at the Menier Chocolate Factory, Chicago on UK Tour, Half a Sixpence on UK Tour, HMS Pinafore, A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Open Air Theatre, Regent’s Park, Travels with my Aunt on UK Tour, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at the London Palladium, One for the Road at Bristol Old Vic, Goodbye Girl at the Albery Theatre, Carmen Jones at the Old Vic, Copacobana (World Premiere) at the Prince of Wales Theatre and Me And My Girl at the Adelphi Theatre. On television Gary was well known for presenting hit shows including the BBC’s Showstoppers, originally a one off series, which proved so popular it extended to a further six series and even went on a sell out national tour. He was also a brilliant children’s TV presenter for shows including Copycats, So You Want to be Top, Punchlines, Cue Gary and Saturday Gang.

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