The producers of Great British Bake Off – The Musical have announced casting for the show, ahead of its July premiere.
The cast is to be led by West End and Broadway star John Owen Jones (Les Misèrables, The Phantom of the Opera), alongside Rosemary Ashe (The Phantom of The Opera, Les Misérables, Oliver! The Witches of Eastwick), playing the revered judges. The presenters will be played by TV actor Jaye Jacobs (Holby City, Waterloo Road) and Scott Paige (The Addams Family, Nativity! Eurobeat).
The contestants are played by Catriana Sanderson (Evita, We Will Rock You, Charlotte Wakefield (The Boy In A Dress, Crazy For You, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang), Claire Moore (Mary Poppins, The Girls, Miss Saigon), Damian Humbly (Local Hero, Merrily We Roll Along, Hedda Gabler), Jay Saighal (Hedda Gabler , Romeo and Juliet & Richard III), Michael Cahill (Martin Guerre, Les Misérables, Starlight Express, Joseph), Simbi Akande (Prince of Egypt, A Christmas Carol, The Light in the Piazza), and Aharon Rayner.
Produced by Mark Goucher Productions, the show opens at the Everyman Theatre Cheltenham on 22 July and runs until 6 August 2022.
Great British Bake Off – The Musical is directed by Rachel Kavanaugh and designed by Alice Power, and features an original score, with songs written by award-winning duo Jake Brunger and Pippa Cleary (The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13¾; Red Riding Hood).
This brand new musical follows eight amateur baking contestants as they compete to impress two iconic judges and battle their way to be crowned champion Star Baker. Each with their own stories to tell, the musical promises to be a heart-warming journey as the contestant’s face trials, tribulations and baking failures along the way.
Mark Goucher said in a statement that: “The TV phenomenon Great British Bake Off gets to the heart of the nation, and for a long time I felt that it could work wonderfully well on the stage. We started working on the production a couple of years ago and with this talented creative team and in association with the TV show’s creator we have created a musical comedy that will live up to the cherished program. What a joy it will be to see beloved West End Singers bringing this score to life for the first time to win over our Cheltenham audience.”
The production has the full support of the TV show’s producers, Love Productions. The show is expected to tour widely after Cheltenham, with also rumours of a West End outing.
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