Matt Rawle Will Be Part of Cast of Three Musketeers Musical at U.K.'s Rose Theatre, Kingston

News   Matt Rawle Will Be Part of Cast of Three Musketeers Musical at U.K.'s Rose Theatre, Kingston A cast of regular West End principals, including Hal Fowler, Kaisa Hammarlund, CJ Johnson, Michael Pickering, Matt Rawle and Paul Thornley, will star in a new musical version of The Three Musketeers at the Rose Theatre, Kingston.

It will begin performances there Nov. 27, prior to an official opening Dec. 3, for a run through Jan. 2, 2011. The show, based on the novel by Alexandre Dumas, features music by George Stiles (Mary Poppins, Honk!), lyrics by Paul Leigh and book by Peter Raby with Francis Matthews, the latter of whom also directs.

Fowler, who plays Porthos, has appeared in the West End as Javert in Les Misérables, Arnaud Du Thil in Martin Guerre, Cousin Kevin in Tommy and Billy Bigelow in Carousel.

Hammarlund, who plays Constance, has appeared in the Menier Chocolate Factory productions of A Little Night Music (playing Petra the maid) and Sunday in the Park with George, as well as Desperately Seeking Susan and Mamma Mia!.

Johnson, who plays Milady, has appeared in Piaf (Donmar Warehouse and Vaudeville).

Pickering, who plays D'Artagnan, starred as Ryan Evans in High School Musical (Apollo Hammersmith), and was seen most recently in David Essex's All the Fun of the Fair (Garrick). Rawle, who plays Aramis, played the title role in the West End production of Zorro and starred as Che Guevera in Michael Grandage's production of Evita.

Thornley, who plays Athos, has appeared in the National Theatre production of Noises Off, as well as Spend Spend Spend and Scrooge in the West End.

Also in the cast will be Michael Camp, Iain Fletcher, Ben Heathcote, Kirsty Hoiles, Christopher D Hunt, James Lailey, Matthew McKenna, Mark Meadows, Amanda Minihan, Peter Moreton, Jake Samuels, Chris Thatcher, Marcello Walton and Sally Whitehead.

Choreography will be by Georgina Lamb, with set design by Simon Higlett, costumes by Mark Bouman, lighting by Tim Mitchell and sound by Mike Walker. Malcolm Ranson will be arranging the fights.

The show is co-produced by Bud Martin with the Rose Theatre. Martin recently co-produced the West End's Legally Blonde and Broadway's 9 to 5: The Musical. He is co-producer of the West End and Broadway production of La Bête. The Rose Theatre has produced nine productions since opening in January 2008, including The Winslow Boy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Judi Dench and most recently Hay Fever.

To book tickets, contact the box office on 0871 230 1552, or visit www.rosetheatrekingston.org for more details.

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