Producers of The Little Big Things have announced further casting for the show, which is coming to @sohoplace theatre in London from September 2023.
Linzi Hateley (Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, Mamma Mia! ) and Alasdair Harvey (Come From Away, We Will Rock You) are set to join the cast of this world premiere production.
Based on the Sunday Times best-selling memoir by Henry Fraser, Linzi Hateley will play Henry’s mum Fran, and Alasdair Harvey will play his dad, Andrew.
Already announced are the two actors playing Henry at a younger, and older, age: Ed Larkin as Man Henry Fraser and Jonny Amies as Boy Henry Fraser.
This new British musical has music by Nick Butcher, lyrics by Nick Butcher and Tom Ling, a book by Joe White, and is directed by Luke Sheppard (& Juliet, My Son’s a Queer).
The Little Big Things runs at @sohoplace from 2 September to 25 November 2023.
This uplifting and colourful new musical promises to be a life-affirming story of courage, transformation and a reminder that it’s the little things that really do matter the most, set to an explosive theatrical pop soundtrack.
The musical centres on the true-life story of Henry Fraser, an avid sportsman whose life changed forever when in 2009 he had a diving accident, and began a new life living as a tetraplegic. Henry’s defiance and determination to prosper against devastating odds led to him wheeling himself out of hospital a whole year earlier than predicted. Today he is a successful artist, inspirational speaker and best-selling author.
Linzi Hateley said in a press statement: “I am so excited to be working with the exceptional cast and company of The Little Big Things. As soon as I read the script, I wanted to play the role of Fran Fraser. Alongside Henry, hers is a truly captivating story, illustrating beautifully a mother’s love for her child and the strength that holds families together. I can’t wait to bring this to life on stage and to share this uplifting and deeply moving story.”
Alasdair Harvey said: “Henry Fraser is an extraordinary young man and it’s a privilege be part of the team bringing his story to the stage in a brand-new British musical in London’s newest theatre. Placing disability at the centre of a musical, without wallowing in sentiment is no mean feat, but our wonderful writers and brilliant creative team have developed a remarkable piece of theatre about an incredibly powerful true story. Henry’s fight for survival and new identity following life changing injuries is an inspiration and I’m thrilled to be playing his father Andrew.”