Jemima Rooper and Marc Antolin will lead the cast of Howard Ashman and Alan Menken’s Little Shop of Horrors, which opens at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre in August.
Rooper will play Audrey with Marc Antolin playing her husband Seymour.
Jemima first came to the attention of audiences playing Nicki in the hit Channel 4 teenage series As If.
She has continued to work in film, tv and stage with notable screen credits including Kinky Boots, noir crime thriller The Black Dahlia and tv series Hex and Lost In Austen.
Jemima’s stage roles include One Man, Two Guvnors, The Power of Yes, and Her Naked Skin all for the National, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Young Vic), Hand To God (West End), Blithe Spirit (West End and US tour), All My Sons (West End), Where Do We Live (Royal Court) and most recently Alan Ayckbourn’s trilogy The Norman Conquests at Chichester Festival Theatre.
London Road actor Marc Antolin’s many stage credits include Emma Rice’s productions of Romantics Anonymous (Sam Wanamaker Playhouse) and Twelfth Night (Shakespeare’s Globe), Peter Pan (National Theatre), The Trial (Young Vic), Taken At Midnight (Theatre Royal Haymarket, Chichester Minerva), Amadeus (Chichester Festival Theatre), From Here To Eternity (Shaftesbury Theatre) and Matilda (RSC, West End).
The cast will also feature Busted star Matt Willis playing sadistic dentist Orin, Forbes Masson (Big Fish) as Mr Mushnik, US drag queen Vicky Vox as the plant, Audrey II and Renée Lamb (Six), Seyi Omooba (Ragtime) and Christina Modestou (In the Heights) as Chiffon, Crystal and Ronnette.
Completing the cast are: Joe Allen, Josh Baker, Billy Cullum, Julian Hoult, Rosalind James, Bobbie Little, Helen Siveter and Mary Lynn Tiep.
Directed by Maria Aberg, the production will have choreography by Lizzi Gee, design by Tom Scutt, musical supervision by Tom Deering, lighting by Howard Hudson and sound design by Nick Lidster for Autograph. Casting is by Stuart Burt
Howard Ashman and Alan Menken’s musical theatre classic is about a flower shop assistant who discovers a mysterious new plant with killer potential. It features much loved songs including “Suddenly, Seymour”, “Somewhere That’s Green”, and “Dentist!”.
Other productions in the 2018 season at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre include J.M Barrie’s classic Peter Pan (17 May – 15 June) Benjamin Britten’s The Turn of the Screw (22 – 30 June); Shakespeare’s As You Like It (06 July – 28 July); Dinosaur World Live for ages 3+ (15 August – 9 September).
Little Shop Of Horrors runs from 3 August 2018 until 15 September 2018 at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre.