Cast Announced for West End Bow of Andrew Lloyd Webber's School of Rock

News   Cast Announced for West End Bow of Andrew Lloyd Webber's School of Rock
David Fynn will star as Dewey Finn.
David Fynn and <i>School of Rock </i>Kids
David Fynn and School of Rock Kids

Full casting has been announced for the West End bow of Andrew Lloyd Webber's School of Rock, which begins performances October 24, prior to an official opening November 14 at the New London Theatre.

Comedy star David Fynn will star as Dewey Finn, the role made famous on film by Jack Black and originated on Broadway by Alex Brightman, a man who poses as a substitute school teacher and teaches the fifth graders in his charge to form a rock group to conquer the Battle of the Bands.

Fynn has appeared on TV in The Inbetweeners, Sherlock and Game of Thrones and is a series regular in Pete vs Life for Channel 4 and Undateable for NBC/Comedy Central. Onstage he has appeared at the Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre and at the Donmar Warehouse in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.

He is joined by Florence Andrews as Rosalie Mullins, Oliver Jackson as Ned Schneebly and Preeya Kalidas as Patty Di Marco.

Also in the adult cast are Gary Trainor as the alternate Dewey with ensemble members Jonathan Bourne, Nadeem Crowe, Michelle Francis, Rosanna Hyland, Cassandra McCowan, Joel Montague, Andy Rees, Cameron Sharp, Tasha Sheridan, Andrew Spillett and Lucy Vandi and swings, Charlotte Bradford, Jason Denton, Cellen Chugg James, Chris Jenkins, Alfie Parker and Charlotte Scott.

In a statement, Lloyd Webber commented, “I'm delighted to be bringing School of Rock – The Musical to the West End this October, following what has been a hugely exhilarating experience creating and opening the show on Broadway, where we'll soon celebrate our first birthday. As many people know I'm passionate about children engaging with music from an early age, and to that end I cannot wait for U.K. audiences to see the remarkably talented group of young actor musicians we have found for our production. They're currently blowing the roof off our rehearsal rooms working with our wonderful cast of grown-ups led by the hilarious David Fynn.”

A nationwide search to find the three teams of thirteen young performers took place earlier this year. The role of Zack will be alternated by Tom Abisgold, twelve years old from Ashton Hayes, Toby Lee, eleven years old from Priors Marston, and Jake Slack, twelve years old from Chesham. The role of Freddy will be alternated by Bailey Cassell, eleven years old from Dagenham, Jude Harper-Wrobel, ten years old from Kings Langley, and Noah Key, twelve years old from Bridgnorth.

Giles Carden, twelve years old from Cobham, Oscar Francisco, twelve years old from Coventry, and James Lawson, twelve years old from Chiswick, will alternative the role of Lawrence. Selma Hansen, eleven years old from Willesden, Lois Jenkins, eleven years old from Lewisham, and Sophia Pettit, thirteen years old from Morden, will alternate the role of Katie. Isabelle Methven, twelve years old from Harpenden, Lucy Simmonds, eleven years old from Waterlooville, and Eva Trodd, eleven years old from Bromley, will alternate the role of Summer.

Madeleine Haynes, twelve years old from Barnet, Leah Levman, ten years old from Chiswick, and Natasha Raphael, ten years old from Ealing, will alternate the role of Marcy. Alternating the role of Shonelle are Jaydah Bell-Ricketts, ten years old from New Cross, Shoshana Ezequiel, twelve years old from Watford, and Amelia Poggenpoel, ten years old from Formby.

Alternating the role of Sophia are Lola Moxom, eleven years old from Rochester, Mia Roberts, eleven years old from Shoreditch, and Grace Schnieder, eleven years old from Maida Vale. Alternating the role of Tomika are Nicole Dube, eleven years old from Colchester, Amma Ris, eleven years old from Haringey, and Adithi Sujith, nine years old from Wembley.

Jobe Hart, nine years old from Edgware, Joshua Vaughan, ten years old from Birmingham, and Logan Walmsley, ten years old from Buckingham, will alternate the role of Billy. Presley Charman, nine years old from Teddington, Lucas Chow, twelve years old from Willesden, and Ben Dawson, eleven years old from Portsmouth, will alternate the role of Mason.

The role of James will be alternated by Bradley Bissett, eleven years old from Ramsgate, Denzel Eboji, twelve years old from Dagenham, and Sonny Kirby, eleven years old from Welwyn Garden City. The role of Madison will be alternated by Zachary Dowlatshahi, ten years old from Teddington, Harry Egerton, eleven years old from the Halesowen, and Jacob Swann, eleven years old from Greenwich.

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