The Open Air Theatre in Regent’s Park has announced casting for its forthcoming new musical production of 101 Dalmatians.
Wheel of Time and Brave New World actress Kate Fleetwood will star as Cruella de Vil in the show. Dalmatians Pongo and Perdi are puppeteered by Danny Collins (Pongo Voice), Emma Lucia (Perdi Voice), Yana Penrose (Perdi Head) and Ben Thompson (Pongo Head).
Also joining the cast are Jamil Abbasi (Ensemble), Stuart Angell (Captain Head), George Bukhari (Jasper), Sonya Cullingford (Ensemble), Jade Davies (Swing), Karen Fishwick (Danielle), Joseph Fletcher (Ensemble), Taofique Folarin (Swing), Courtney George (Ensemble), Tash Holway (Swing and Dance Captain), CJ Johnson (Ensemble), Kody Mortimer (Ensemble), Simon Oskarsson (Swing), Tom Peters (Captain Voice), Eric Stroud (Dominic), Jonny Weldon (Casper), and Grace Wylde (Madam Doué).
Director Timothy Sheader told the press today that: “We are incredibly excited to finally bring 101 Dalmatians to our stage after postponing the production twice due to the pandemic. I think audiences are going to love reconnecting with this favourite story outside in Regent’s Park; the original home of Pongo and Perdi. The brand new script and music are both packed with fun and joy and I am delighted that Kate Fleetwood’s filming schedule for The Wheel of Time allows us the opportunity to work with her on creating that all time baddie, Cruella de Vil.”
Based on Dodie Smith’s famous book, the story was turned into Disney’s much loved animated movie and two live action films starring Glenn Close and Emma Stone as Cruella.
This new musical is adapted by Zinnie Harris, with music and lyrics by Douglas Hodge, book by Johnny McKnight, direction by Timothy Sheader and puppetry design and direction by Toby Olié (Running Wild).
Other creatives include Colin Richmond – Set Designer; Liam Steel – Choreographer; Sarah Travis – Musical Supervisor and Orchestrator; Howard Hudson – Lighting Designer; Nick Lidster for Autograph – Sound Designer; Katrina Lindsay – Costume Designer; Shanaé Chisholm – Casting Assistant; Jill Green CDG – Casting Director; Tash Holway – Associate Choreographer; Barbara Houseman – Voice & Text and Season Associate Director; Ingrid Mackinnon – Season Associate: Intimacy Support; Tarek Merchant – Musical Director; Verity Naughton & Nick Hockaday for Verity Naughton Casting – Children’s Casting Director.
When infamous Cruella de Vil sets her sights on a new Dalmatian fur coat, there’s trouble ahead for Pongo, Perdi and their adorable litter of puppies.
The show will run at the Open Air Theatre from 12 July to 28 August 2022.