With the departure of the current American cast members in The Full Monty at the end of their contracts, the musical will have an all-British cast for the first time.
Ben Richards will star as Jerry, Paul Keating as Ethan, Cornell John as Noah, David Ganly as Dave, Samuel James as Malcolm and Tony Timberlake as Harold, beginning Sept. 2. Lynda Baron will continue in the role of Jeanette.
Ben Richards starred as Tony Manero in the London Palladium production of Saturday Night Fever; Paul Keating played the title role in the West End production of Tommy and starred in the Pet Shop Boys' musical Closer to Heaven, receiving Olivier Award nominations for both roles. Cornell John comes straight to The Full Monty from starring as Mufasa in The Lion King. David Ganly recently appeared in the Tricycle Theatre production of The Cavalcaders and Stephen Pimlott's production of Dr. Doolittle. Samuel James played in the West End production of Miss Saigon and the national tour of Jesus Christ Superstar. Tony Timberlake has appeared in Les Misérables and Cats.
The Full Monty, which opened at the Prince of Wales on March 12, is directed by multi-Tony Award nominee Jack O'Brien and choreographed by Jerry Mitchell. The show has a book by multiple Tony Award-winning Terrence McNally and Grammy-nominated music and lyrics by David Yazbek.