Casting has been announced for the West End and UK touring production of Tony! [The Tony Blair Rock Opera]
Harry Hill and Steve Brown’s musical comedy will feature Jack Whittle as Tony Blair, Howard Samuels as Peter Mandelson, Tori Burgess as Cherie Blair, Phil Sealey as Gordon Brown, Martin Johnston as Neil Kinnock, Rosie Strobel as John Prescott, Sally Cheng as Robin Cook, Emma Jay Thomas as Princess Diana and William Hazell as on-stage cover.
Other characters featured in the musical, who are played by the cast, include Saddam Hussein, Liam Gallagher, Alastair Campbell, Osama Bin Laden and many more.
The show will play the Leicester Square Theatre from 15 April to 21 May 2023, followed by a UK tour which will also include Tony Blair’s former constituency of Sedgefield. The show premiered at the Park Theatre to great reviews last summer.
UK tour dates and venues are: Guildford Yvonne Arnaud (25 May – 3 June), Birmingham Rep (7 – 10 June), Cardiff New Theatre (14 – 17 June), Richmond Theatre (21 – 24 June), Brighton Theatre Royal (27 June – 1 July), Bath Theatre Royal (3 – 8 July), Chester Storyhouse (11 – 15 July), Malvern Festival Theatre (18 – 22 July), Darlington Hippodrome (Darlington Hippodrome), Sedgefield Parish Hall (27 – 29 July), Edinburgh Pleasance at EICC (2 – 27 August) and Salford The Lowry (2 – 7 October).
The musical tells the story of how one man went from peace-loving, long-haired hippy and would-be pop star to warmongering multimillionaire in just a couple of decades, and includes characters based on Cherie Blair, Princess Diana, John Prescott, Peter Mandelson, Alastair Campbell, Osama bin Laden, George W Bush, Saddam Hussein and Gordon Brown.
Billed as Yes, Minister meets The Rocky Horror Show, the completely unofficial and unendorsed new show is directed by Peter Rowe, with set and costume design by Libby Watson, lighting design by Mark Dymock and choreography by Francesca Jaynes.