Richard Fleeshman, George Blagden, More Will Join Patti LuPone in Gender-Swapped Company

London News   Richard Fleeshman, George Blagden, More Will Join Patti LuPone in Gender-Swapped Company
 
Marianne Elliott directs the revival of the Stephen Sondheim classic, which begins previews in London September 26.
Richard Fleeshman and George Blagden
Richard Fleeshman and George Blagden

Additional casting has been announced for Marianne Elliott's upcoming new take on Stephen Sondheim and George Furth's Company, which begins previews September 26 prior to an official opening October 17 at the Gielgud Theatre.

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Patti LuPone Joseph Marzullo/WENN

As previously reported, the company will be led by Rosalie Craig in the central role of Bobbie, with two-time Tony winner Patti LuPone as Joanne and Mel Giedroyc as Sarah.

Newly announced are the actors playing Bobbie’s three boyfriends: Richard Fleeshman (The Last Ship, Ghost the Musical) as Andy, George Blagden (Versailles, Les Miserables) as PJ, and Matthew Seadon-Young (Assassins, Beautiful) as Theo. All three characters—like the leading role of Bobbie—have been re-gendered for this new production (they will sing the trio “You Could Drive a Person Crazy”). Sondheim himself renamed the roles; Andy was originally April, PJ was originally Marta, and Theo was Kathy.

The cast will also include Gavin Spokes (Quiz, Carousel) as Harry, who is married to Sarah (Giedroyc), Richard Henders (Anything Goes, Candide) and Jennifer Saayeng (Caroline or Change, Ragtime) playing David and Jenny, Ashley Campbell (The Rat Pack Live from Vegas, Sunny Afternoon) as Peter, and Ben Lewis (The Phantom of the Opera, Annie Get Your Gun) playing opposite LuPone as Joanne’s husband Larry. Additional casting will be announced shortly.

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Joining Elliott on the creative team are musical supervisor and conductor Joel Fram, choreographer Liam Steel, designer Bunny Christie, lighting designer Neil Austin, sound designer Ian Dickinson (for Autograph Sound), illusions designer Chris Fisher, orchestrator David Cullen, dance arranger Sam Davis, and casting directors Alastair Coomer CDG and Charlotte Sutton CDG.

The producers are Elliott & Harper Productions, Catherine Schreiber, Grove Entertainment, Jujamcyn Theaters, LD Entertainment, David Mirvish, Aged in Wood Productions/Ricardo Hornos, Bob Boyett/Tom Miller, Bruno Wang Productions/Salman Al-Rashid, Across the Pond Theatricals/Trio Theatricalsand Greek Street Productions/Christopher Ketner.

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