Musical Version of Wolfboy to Premiere at London's Trafalgar Studios with Rigby and Boys

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A stage musical version of Brad Fraser's 1984 play Wolfboy will receive its London premiere at Trafalgar Studios 2, beginning performances July 6, prior to an official opening July 8, for a run through July 31.

Emma Rigby and Daniel Boys
Emma Rigby and Daniel Boys

Previously seen in a production that premiered at the 2009 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Paul Holowaty and Gregg Lowe will reprise their performances, newly joined by Emma Rigby — three-time award winner for her role in TV's "Hollyoaks" – and Daniel Boys (finalist in the TV "Any Dream will Do" star search for Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and who has starred in Avenue Q in the West End).

In the show, based on a play by Brad Fraser that originally premiered in Toronto in 1984 starring a then-unknown Keanu Reeves, two teenagers share an intimate adventure in a boy's home. Bernie has attempted suicide and David is a street hustler who may or may not have the powers of a wolf. It has been adapted as a musical by Russell Labey and Leon Parris.

Rigby is making her West End stage debut after starring in "Hollyoaks" for four years. She was named Best Actress (and nominated two further times) in the British Soap Awards, Best Dramatic Performance in both the National TV Awards and nominated for Best Dramatic Performance in the Royal Television Society Awards. She played Hanna, a character who suffered from eating disorders anorexia and bulimia. She has also previously appeared in TV's "Brookside" and "Born and Bred."

Boys recently completed a two-year West End run starring as Princeton in Avenue Q. Other credits include playing Anthony in Sweeney Todd at the Royal Festival Hall, Parson Nathaniel in Jeff Wayne's War of the Worlds, Tony in West Side Story and Morino in Sunset Boulevard. He has released a solo CD, "So Close."

Gregg Lowe and Paul Holowaty

They join Paul Holowaty (also from TV's "Hollyoaks," in which he played bad boy Steven Macintosh) and Gregg Lowe (who appeared in New Boy opposite Nicholas Hoult, also at Trafalgar Studios 2). Labey, who directs and has written the book, previously adapted and directed the stage version of William Sutcliffe's novel "New Boy" at Trafalgar Studios 2. He was the script editor on the Oscar-winning movie "Milk," starring Sean Penn. He wrote and directed the original stage musical adaptation of Whistle Down The Wind, which opened in Edinburgh before playing West Yorkshire Playhouse and Sadler’s Wells amongst others, and winning the TMA Award for Best New Musical. His other theatre work includes directing Howard Goodall's Days Of Hope (King's Head), and Discotivity and Jonathan Hall's Hardcore (both on the Edinburgh fringe, at the Gilded Balloon and Pleasance, respectively).

Parris, who has written the music and lyrics, was the youngest ever winner of the prestigious Vivian Ellis Award for Best Musical for Going Once. He also won The Really Useful Group Award for Most Promising Writer, The Warner Chappell and The Mercury Workshop Awards and the Cameron Mackintosh Bursary.

Wolfboy is produced by Jason Haigh-Ellery and Christopher D Clegg.

To book tickets, contact the box office on 0844 871 7632, or visit www.ambassadortickets.com.

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