Matt Rawle and Frances Ruffelle Among Cast of London's Menier Chocolate Factory's Pippin

By Mark Shenton
18 Oct 2011

Frances Ruffelle
Frances Ruffelle

London's Menier Chocolate Factory has announced casting for its production of Pippin, which begins performances Nov. 22 prior to an official opening Dec. 7. It will be led by Harry Hepple in the title role, Ian Kelsey as Charlemagne, Matt Rawle as Leading Player and Tony winner Frances Ruffelle as Fastrada.

Also in the cast are Carly Bawden as Catherine, Stuart Neal as Theo and David Page as Lewis with Ben Bunce, Bob Harms, Holly James, Anabel Kutay, David McMullan and Kate Tydman.

Hepple was last seen in the West End in the Donmar Warehouse's production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Kelsey has been seen as Billy Flynn in Chicago, but is best known for his TV roles in "Emmerdale," "Casualty," "Blue Murder," "Where the Heart Is" and "Down to Earth." Rawle was last seen in the title role of the West End's Zorro; he also played Che in Michael Grandage's 2006 revival of Evita.

Ruffelle, who created the role of Eponine in the original London and Broadway productions of Les Miserables (for which she won the Tony Award), has also starred in the West End in Chicago, Starlight Express and Stephen Schwartz's Children of Eden.



Bawden was last seen playing Genevieve in The Umbrellas of Cherbourg. Neal has appeared in the West End in the Menier production of La Cage Aux Folles, Piaf and Lord of the Rings, and Page has been seen in Chicago.

Pippin is directed and choreographed by Mitch Sebastian, and will incorporate Bob Fosse's original Broadway choreography. The production is designed by Timothy Bird, with lighting by Tony-winning Ken Billington, costumes by Jean-Marc Puissant, orchestrations and music supervision by Simon Lee, sound design by Gareth Owen and musical direction by Tom Kelly. It is being presented at the Chocolate Factory in conjunction with Michael Jackowitz/Arlene Scanlan and Adam Blanshay/Natalie Macaluso.

To book tickets, contact the box office on 020 7378 1713 or visit www.menierchocolatefactory.com.