Performances are scheduled to begin at the King's Head in Islington May 26, prior to an official opening May 29. The production is booking initially to July 5. Naked Boys was previously produced in London at Madame JoJos, a Soho nightclub, in 2001.
According to press materials, "This perfectly proportioned, 65-minute review will feature seven good looking and talented male actors celebrating the glories of the naked male body through a series of catchy, pithy cabaret numbers both funny and poignant."
Phil Wilmott, who is currently also represented by his production of Joe DiPietro's Fucking Men (also running at the King's Head, in the late night 10 PM slot), will direct a cast that comprises Stephen Butler (whose credits include the national tour of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Mine at Leicester Haymarket), Duncan Leighton (professional debut), David Lucas (National Theatre productions of Singin' in the Rain, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and Oklahoma!), Adam Mendlesohn (Rent at the Broadway Theatre in Catford, and Alfie at Barons Court Theatre), Matthew Russell-Jones (High School Musical at the Apollo Hammersmith), Nathan Taylor (Showstopper! The West End Musical at the King's Head and Leicester Square Theatre) and Joe Van Haeften (national tours of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and Footloose).
Musical direction is being provided by Elliot Davis, with choreography by Andrew Wright. It is produced by the King's Head Theatre, Skullduggery Theatre Company, Jacki Barlia Florin and Patricia Greenwald.
In a press statement, director Wilmott says he is looking forward to shaping a new production specifically for London audiences: "This isn't a tacky strip show; it's a sexy and often sophisticated piece of musical theatre. I'm looking forward to unleashing its potential in one of the capital's best venues for cabaret and revue." As well as New York and London, the show has been seen throughout North America, as well as at venues in Canada, Sao Paulo, Rome, Sydney, Oslo and Cape Town.
To book tickets, contact the box office at 0844 412 2953 or visit www.kingsheadtheatre.org.