Earl Carpenter (Les Misérables, The Phantom of the Opera) and Daniel Boys (The Boys in the Band, Avenue Q) are the final actors to join the cast of the charity gala performance of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg’s The Pirate Queen February 23 at the London Coliseum. Proceeds will benefit Leukaemia UK.
Carpenter will play Dubhdara, widowed father of Grace, with Boys as Lord Bingham, confidante and advisor to Queen Elizabeth I.
As previously reported, the company will be led by Olivier nominee Rachel Tucker (Come From Away, Wicked) as Grace O'Malley and Hannah Waddingham (A Little Night Music, Monty Python’s Spamalot) as Queen Elizabeth I with Britain’s Got Talent winner Jai McDowall, Matthew Pagan (Collabro), Steph Parry (Mamma Mia!, 42nd Street), and Emma Norman (Sweeney Todd).
Featured ensemble members include Pearce Barron, Jamie Birkett, Trudi Camilleri, Sabrina Carter, Shaun Dalton, Adam Dawson, Callum Heinrich, Jade Johnson, Harry Mills, Charlotte Payne, Sophie Reeves, and Jak Skelly with company members Skye Adams, Thomas Ball, Jeremy Batt, Mary-Jean Caldwell, Sinead O Callaghan, Christopher Cameron, Jordan Castle, Alfie Doohan, Charlie Ellerton, Judicel Eslao, Nicola Espallardo, Amy Everett, Lois Morgan Gay, Aidan Harkins, Siwan Henderson, Hannah-Grace Lawson, James Mateo-Salt, Scarlett Maltman, Ethan Tanner, Harry Winchester, and Cristian Zaccarini.
Drew Baker will direct the evening, featuring designs by Ben M. Rogers and associate direction by Max Reynolds. Tom Gribby produces. The principal casting consultant is Harry Blumenau.
The Pirate Queen has music by Schönberg, lyrics by Alain Boublil, Richard Maltby, Jr., and John Dempsey, and a book by Boublil, Schönberg, and Maltby, Jr. Based on the novel Grania—She King of the Irish Seas by Morgan Llewelyn, it chronicles the life of Grace O’Malley, an Irish Chieftain and notorious pirate. To protect her people and save her one true love, O’Malley must confront the one woman more powerful than her—her fierce rival, Queen Elizabeth I of England.
The musical debuted on Broadway in 2007 starring Tony winner Stephanie J. Block. The concert will mark its London debut.