Casting Complete for London's Legally Blonde The Musical

By Mark Shenton
10 Sep 2009

Peter Davison and Jill Halfpenny
Peter Davison and Jill Halfpenny

Peter Davison and Jill Halfpenny will join the previously announced Sheridan Smith, Duncan James, Alex Gaumond, Aoife Mulholland and Susan McFadden in Legally Blonde The Musical, which will begin performances at the West End's Savoy Theatre Dec. 5 prior to an official gala night Jan. 13, 2010.

Also in the company are Emma Bateman (Stenographer), Dan Burton (Padamadan, Nikos), Darren Carnall (Kiki), Chris Ellis-Stanton (Grandmaster Chad, Dewey, Kyle), Nadine Higgin (Judge, Saleswoman), Ibinabo Jack (Pilar), Caroline Keiff (Vivienne Kensington), Amy Lennox (Margot), Andy Mace (Dad, Winthrop, Reporter), Sorelle Marsh (Courtney, Mom, Whitney), Suzie McAdam (Enid), Matthew McKenna (Aaron), Sean Mulligan (Pforzheimer), Roxanne Palmer (Kate, Chutney), Sergio Priftis (Carlos), Tamara Wall (District Attorney) and Ed White (Lowell), joined by Jane McMurtrie, Sherrie Pennington, Lucy Miller, Fabian Aloise and Francis Haugen as swings.

Davison will play Callahan, Elle's Harvard lecturer. Best known for playing the fifth incarnation of the Doctor in TV's "Doctor Who" from 1981 to 1984, Davison's other leading TV credits include playing Tristan Farnon in the long-running BBC series "All Creatures Great and Small" and DC Davies in four series of ITV's "The Last Detective." He won the 2007 Best Actor Award at the Monte Carlo Television Festival for his role in "Fear Stress and Anger," and most recently has been seen in ITV1's "Unforgiven" and "Midsomer Murders." His stage credits include playing King Arthur in Monty Python's Spamalot at the Palace Theatre as well as roles in Chicago at the Adelphi Theatre, An Absolute Turkey at the Globe Theatre and Arsenic and Old Lace for Chichester Festival Theatre.

Halfpenny will play beautician Paulette. In 2004 she won the BBC series "Strictly Come Dancing" with her professional partner Darren Bennett, going on to win in the Christmas Specials in 2004 and 2008, and she also performed in the 2009 Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour earlier this year. On television she is best known for her role as Kate Mitchell in "EastEnders," which she played from 20022005. She was also a series regular in "Byker Grove" and "Waterloo Road." Se is currently appearing in the West End production of Calendar Girls at the Noel Coward Theatre. Her other theatre credits include Uncle Vanya at the Birmingham Rep, The Bodies at the Live Theatre, Newcastle and Chicago at the Adelphi Theatre.

Based on the 2001 film, the musical which features music and lyrics by Laurence O'Keefe and Nell Benjamin and a book by Heather Hach revolves around "college sweetheart and homecoming queen Elle Woods, who doesn't take no for an answer. So when her boyfriend dumps her for someone serious, Elle puts down the credit card, hits the books, and heads for Harvard Law. Along the way, Elle proves that being true to yourself never goes out of style."



Directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Jerry Mitchell, Legally Blonde The Musical has set design by David Rockwell, costume design by Gregg Barnes, lighting design by Kenneth Posner and Paul Miller, sound design by ACME Sound Partners and orchestrations by Christopher Jahnke. It is produced in the West End by Sonia Friedman Productions, Robert G. Bartner, Ambassador Theatre Group, Jamie Hendry Productions and Act Productions.

To book tickets, contact the box office at 0870 164 8787 or visit www.legallyblondethemusical.co.uk.