Casting has been announced for the UK tour of Little Shop of Horrors.
The cult classic rock ‘n’ roll musical Little Shop of Horrors is returning to UK theatres with a brand-new co-production for spring 2024.
Co-producers Octagon Theatre Bolton, New Wolsey Theatre, Theatre by the Lake and Hull Truck Theatre have today announced the cast for Howard Ashman and Alan Menken’s monster musical, which is directed by the Octagon’s Artistic Director, Lotte Wakeham.
A company of 9 actors including several talented actor-musicians make up the cast for this devilishly delicious sci-fi smash-hit musical.
Laura Jane Matthewson (Romantics Anonymous, Wise Children) and Oliver Mawdsley (Boys from the Blackstuff, Stockroom and Liverpool Royal Court) play Audrey and Seymour respectively.
The man-eating plant, Audrey II, is voiced by 2015 X Factor finalist and West End regular Anton Stephans (Fishermans Friends, UK tour).
Completing the cast is Matthew Ganley as Orin; Matthew Heywood as Derelict; Janna May as Chiffon; Zweyla Mitchell Dos Santos as Crystal; Chardai Shaw as Ronnette; and Andrew Whitehead as Mr Mushnik.
Little Shop of Horrors director, Lotte Wakeham said: “I am so excited to be bringing Little Shop of Horrors to audiences later this year. We have been wanting to stage this production at the Octagon for a number of years now, and jumped at the chance when the rights became available. It has such an iconic score with memorable and brilliantly feel-good songs, and to stage the show with a company of immensely talented actor-musicians performing all the music live on stage will sound absolutely incredible. It is fantastic to be partnering with 3 other wonderful regional producing theatres to ensure even more people across the country get to enjoy this classic cult musical.”
The co-production will open at New Wolsey Theatre from Fri 1 – Sat 23 March 2024 before visiting Theatre by the Lake from Wed 27 March – Sat 20 April, Octagon Theatre Bolton from Wed 24 April – Sat 18 May 2024, Hull Truck Theatre from Wed 22 May – Sat 8 June 2024 and the Theatre Royal Windsor from 18th – 22nd June 2024.