Casting is now complete for director Marianne Elliott’s gender-switched production of Stephen Sondheim and George Furth’s Company, which begins previews at the Gielgud Theatre September 26 prior to an official opening October 17.
Newly announced for the production are Jonathan Bailey (Broadchurch, King Lear) as cold-footed groom Jamie (originally written as the female character Amy) and Alex Gaumond (Matilda, We Will Rock You, Sweeney Todd) as his devoted fiancé Paul.
Sondheim and Elliott have been working together on the script and have re-imagined these two characters as a gay couple. Director Elliott said, “I could not be more thrilled that Stephen Sondheim agreed to turn Amy into Jamie. I hope it makes this production feel very, very now. We are keeping the existing dialogue, and not changing the famous scene in which the character gets cold feet about their impending marriage and sings the iconic ’I’m Not Getting Married Today.’ The characters of Jamie and Paul feel like a lot of the contemporary gay male friends I know.”
As previously reported, the company will be led by Rosalie Craig in the central role of Bobbie, with two-time Tony winner Patti LuPone as Joanne, Mel Giedroyc as Sarah, Richard Fleeshman as Andy (April in the original production), George Blagden as PJ (originally Marta), Matthew Seadon-Young as Theo (originally Kathy), Gavin Spokes as Harry (who is married to Sarah), Richard Henders and Jennifer Saayeng as David and Jenny, Ashley Campbell as Peter, and Ben Lewis playing opposite LuPone as Joanne’s husband Larry.
Also joining the company are Daisy Maywood (The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk) as Susan plus Michael Colbourne, Francesca Ellis, Ewan Gillies, Grant Neal, and Jaimie Pruden.