London Revival of Boy George's Taboo Announces Further Casting

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Further casting has been announced for the new production of Boy George's Taboo, which will begin performances at the Brixton Club House Sept. 6 prior to an official opening Sept. 12.

Joining the previously announced Paul Baker, who will reprise his Olivier Award-winning performance as club promoter Philip Salloon, are newcomers Matthew Rowland, a recent graduate of London's Arts Educational School, as Boy George; and Adam Bailey, a recent graduate of Laine Theatre Arts, as Marilyn. In addition, Niamh Perry, who first came to prominence in the BBC star search "I'd Do Anything," and Alistair Brammer, from the star search "Any Dream Will Do," will play the roles of Kim and Billy, respectively.

Rowland is making his professional debut. Bailey has already appeared in pantomime as Prince Charming in Cinderella at Swindon's Wyvern Theatre and as Aladdin/Genie in Aladdin at Chelmsford's Civic Theatre. According to press materials, "in a deliberate move these two young actors have been chosen to depict a younger playing age than seen in the earlier West End and UK tour cast."

Perry, who is from Northern Ireland, moved to London in 2008 when selected to appear on the BBC’s "I'd Do Anything" to play the role of Nancy in Oliver! She placed fifth in the competition, and returned to school afterwards for her A Level exams. She subsequently made her debut in the musical Only The Brave on the Edinburgh Fringe. Roles since them have included playing Eponine in a concert performance of Les Miserables in Jersey, Sophie in the West End production of Mamma Mia! and originating the role of Fleck in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Love Never Dies.

Brammer, who was a finalist in "Any Dream Will Do" to play the role of Joseph in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat in the West End, was subsequently engaged to play alternate Joseph, in the UK touring production of the show. He has also starred as the understudy for Claude in Hair (European Arena Tour) and Jean Prouvaire in Les Miserables for the 25th anniversary concert, which he is also playing in the forthcoming film version.

In addition, Katie Kerr will play Sue Tilley, the young club cashier who became a close friend and confidante to Leigh Bowery and would later publish his biography "Leigh Bowery, The Life and Times of an Icon," and Owain Williams will play Steve Strange, best known as singer and frontman of 80’s New Romantic band Visage, whose early career saw him promote punk gigs. Kerr played the role of Fantine in the Les Miserables 25th anniversary concert. Other credits include playing Chiffon in the Menier Chocolate Factory's production of Little Shop of Horrors (which subsequently transferred to the West End's Duke of York's) and playing Helen in Neil LaBute's Fat Pig at the Comedy Theatre, directed by the playwright.

Williams has appeared in Merrilly We Roll Along at Theatre Clwyd in Wales, and the 25th anniversary performance of The Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall and the 25th anniversary production of Les Miserables on tour and at the Barbican Theatre.

To book tickets, contact the box office on 08444 771 000, or visit  www.ticketweb.co.uk/BrixtonClubHouse.

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