Casting has been announced for the world premiere tour of Kay Mellor’s stage adaptation of hit TV drama The Syndicate.
The Wanted’s Max George (Glee) will make his stage acting debut in The Syndicate as supermarket assistant Jamie, alongside TV stars Samantha Giles (Bernice Blackstock in Emmerdale) as Denise, and Brooke Vincent (Sophie Webster in Coronation Street) as Jamie’s sister-in-law Amy.
The show is based on the smash-hit BBC One drama, and is acclaimed writer Kay Mellor’s (Fat Friends, Band of Gold) final stage play.
TV and stage star Gaynor Faye, Kay’s daughter, makes her directorial debut, bringing her mother’s stage adaptation to life, in this moving comedy drama.
The tour will play the UK from April to July 2024, and kicks off in Richmond, London on 11 April, and then visits Leeds, Norwich, Newcastle, Brighton, Salford, Milton Keynes, Nottingham, Sheffield, Shrewsbury, Hull, Glasgow, Birmingham and Bradford. See all tour dates.
The drama tells the story of five supermarket workers whose lottery syndicate numbers come in, just as their jobs and livelihoods are under threat. Will a share of the jackpot make their dreams come true or their nightmares a reality? One thing’s for certain, the win of a lifetime will change the lives, loves and relationships of the syndicate members forever.
Actor Max George said in a statement: “I’m delighted that my stage debut role is in The Syndicate. I’m such a huge fan of Kay’s work and it’s an honour to be part of this world premiere tour. I feel like I’ve won the lottery!”
Samantha Giles said: ”Kay Mellor was such a powerhouse who understood real people and like millions of others, I loved the TV series. I’m looking forward to bringing Denise to life on the stage and I can’t wait to be working with Gaynor and treading the boards once again.”
Brooke Vincent said: ”I am so excited to be back on stage and thrilled to be working with Gaynor on The Syndicate. Kay was such a legend and the TV series was brilliant. She has written a brilliantly vibrant character in Amy and I can’t wait to get on the road and get my teeth into the role on stage.”
Director Gaynor Faye said: “I’m thrilled to welcome these three super talented actors to the UK tour of The Syndicate. I’ve worked with Sam a lot over the years and she’s great fun and a brilliant comedy actor, who’s perfect for the role of Denise. Brooke is also a wonderful actor with a huge heart, we first met through our charity work for When You Wish Upon A Star and I know she’s going to be a fantastic, feisty Amy. Max blew us away in his audition, he’s a natural and born to play Jamie. I know that my mum would be delighted with the brilliant cast we have assembled so far and I can’t wait for you all to see them in action.”