Craig Gallivan, who has been playing Dewey Finn at certain performances of London's School of Rock, will step into the role full-time beginning August 22 at the newly named Gillian Lynne Theatre.
The new company on that date will also feature Laura Tebbutt as Rosalie Mullins, Alan Pearson as Ned Schneebly, Michelle Francis as Patty DiMarco, and Jake Sharp, who will play Finn at select performances.
The remaining adult cast includes John Addison, Nick Butcher, Rob Falconer, Martina Isibor, Claudia Kariuki, Jessica Louise Parkinson, Richard Morse, Andy Rees, Hannah Stratton, Alex Tomkins, and James Wolstenholme with swings Paul Kemble, Jessica Kirton, Billy Mitchell, Catherine Morris, and Andy Prosser.
Joining the adult cast are three teams of 12 kids, who make up Dewey’s band and play live at every performance. Beginning August 22, the kids cast will feature Albert Atack, Amos Mayland, and Oscar Rice, who will play Zack; Jamal Ahmed, Jasper Bew, and Nayan Gupta, who will play Freddy; Noah Gupta-Wright, Alfie Humphreys, and Tom Kochalski, who will play Lawrence; Carys John, Amelie Leatherland, and Ellie Wilcox, who will play Katie; Jack Gale, Jakub Kopec, and Jensen York, who will play Billy; Amelie Green, Anya Hewett, and Éibhleann Rose McCormack, who will play Summer; Kaylah Black, Sara Sheen, and Charis Claresta Tetteh, who will play Tomika; Adam Djazel, Harley Gallacher, and Stanley Voss, who will play James; Calypso Bailey, Ellie Kit Jones, and Shani Roberts, who will play Marcy; Harry Linacre Brown, Charlie Gallacher, and Samuelle John-Brown, who will play Mason; Jasmine Brightmore, Lia Summer Higgs, and Shaye Temple, who will play Shonelle; and Zoe Coleman, Aoife Connelly, and Frankie-Mae Garner, who will play Sophie.
In related news, 350,000 tickets for the West End production have been released—the musical is now booking through October 20, 2019. As School of Rock enters its third year in the West End, an Australian production will open at Her Majesty’s Theatre in Melbourne in October. The Broadway production continues at the Winter Garden Theatre, and the U.S. national touring production is currently booking through September.
Based on the hit film, the musical follows Dewey Finn, a failed, wannabe rock star who decides to earn a few extra bucks by posing as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school.
School of Rock features music from the movie, as well as new music written by Andrew Lloyd Webber with lyrics by Glenn Slater and a book by Julian Fellowes. It is directed by Laurence Connor with choreography by JoAnn M. Hunter, set and costume designs by Anna Louizos, lighting design by Natasha Katz, sound design by Mick Potter, and music supervision by John Rigby with Matt Smith as musical director.