Sondheim’s Assassins at Chichester Festival Theatre – full cast revealed

Cast includes Danny Mac, Charlotte Jaconelli, Carly Mercedes Dyer, Liam Tamne

Chichester Festival Theatre has announced full casting for its summer revival of Stephen Sondheim’s Tony Award-winning musical Assassins.

Directed by Polly Findlay (White Noise, A Number, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie), the show will play Chichester Festival Theatre from 3 to 24 June 2023.

Already announced is Danny Mac (Sunset Boulevard), who recently left the West End production of Pretty Woman The Musical, and will play Booth in the musical.

He will be joined by Amy Booth-Steel (Tammy Faye, The Magician’s Elephant) as Moore, Daniel Bowskill (Let’s Face The Music) as Onstage Swing, Luke Brady (The Prince of Egypt, Sweeney Todd) as Zangara, Lizzy Connolly (Sweet Charity, On The Town) as Balladeer 2, Ivan De Freitas (& Juliet, Jesus Christ Superstar) as Bystander 2, Carly Mercedes Dyer (Olivier Award nominee and WhatsOnStage Award winner for Anything Goes) as Fromme, Peter Forbes (Follies, Singin’ in the Rain) as The Proprietor, Bob Harms (Pretty Woman, Come From Away) as Bystander 1, Harry Hepple (Hamilton, Follies) as Guiteau, Nick Holder (The Threepenny Opera, London Road) as Byck, Charlotte Jaconelli (The Wizard of Oz, Heathers The Musical) as Goldman, Kody Mortimer (Hex, Hairspray) as Bystander 4, Sam Oladeinde (Come From Away, A Christmas Carol) as Czolgosz, Jaimie Pruden (Beauty and the Beast, Company) as Onstage Swing, Jack Shalloo (Girl From The North Country, Groundhog Day) as Hinckley, Liam Tamne (Wuthering Heights, Bonnie and Clyde) as Balladeer 1, and Samuel Thomas (The Normal Heart, The Last Five Years) as Oswald/Balladeer 3.

Assassins boasts music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and a book by John Weidman, and is set in a surreal carnival, where there are a group of people – John Wilkes Booth, Lee Harvey Oswald, Leon Czolgosz, Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme, John Hinckley, Charles Guiteau, Sara Jane Moore, Giuseppe Zangara, Samuel Byck – who have one thing in common: they want to assassinate the President of the United States. Some succeed, some fail. But there’s a prize for them all: a place in the history books.

The production in Chichester promises to immerse audiences in the action, and will start from the moment they step inside the theatre foyer.

Joining Polly Findlay in the creative team is designer Lizzie Clachan, choreographer Neil Bettles, musical supervisor Richard John, musical director Jo Cichonska, orchestrator Michael Starobin, lighting designer Richard Howell, sound designer Gregory Clarke, video designer Akhila Krishnan, fight director Kate Waters, and casting directors Charlotte Sutton CDG and Christopher Worrall.

📷 Main photo: Assassins at Chichester Festival Theatre - Cast

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