Full Casting Announced for London Revival of Torch Song Trilogy at the Menier Chocolate Factory

News   Full Casting Announced for London Revival of Torch Song Trilogy at the Menier Chocolate Factory
Full casting has been announced for the London revival of Harvey Fierstein's Torch Song Trilogy, which begins performances at the Menier Chocolate Factory May 30, prior to an official opening June 12, for a run through Aug. 12.

Joining the previously announced David Bedella, who plays the role of Arnold Beckoff that Fierstein himself created, and Sara Kestelman as Arnold's mother Mrs. Beckoff, are Joe McFadden as Ed Reiss, Tom Harries as Alan, Perry Millward as David and Laura Pyper as Laurel.

Bedella, who won the 2004 Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical for originating the roles of Warm up Man and Satan in Jerry Springer – the Opera (he subsequently reprised that performance in the show's New York premiere at Carnegie Hall), is currently reprising the role of Billy Flynn in Chicago through May 12. He has also regularly toured and appeared in the West End as Frank 'n' Furter in The Rocky Horror Show. He has previously appeared at the Menier in the 2011 European premiere of Sondheim and Weidman's Road Show, playing Wilson Mizner.

Kestelman won an Olivier Award for her role as Fraulein Schneider in Cabaret at the Donmar Warehouse, where she is also currently appearing in Robert Holman's Making Noise Quietly, running through May 26. Other theatre credits include Hamlet (National Theatre), the original production of Michael Frayn's Copenhagen (National and Duchess) and Nine (Donmar).

McFadden is known for his TV roles in "Casualty," "Heartbeat" and "Cranford." His theatre credits include She Loves Me and How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying (Chichester's Minerva and Festival Theatres respectively), The Missing (National Theatre of Scotland), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (Edinburgh Playhouse) and Rainbow Kiss (Royal Court).

Harries is due to graduate from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama this summer. He has already appeared in the feature film "Hunky Dory" alongside Minnie Driver and will soon be seen in Tom Stoppard’s period drama blockbuster "Parade's End" (BBC/HBO). Millward's theatre credits include How The World Began (Arcola), Caroline or Change (National Theatre) and Mary Poppins (Bristol Hippodrome).

Pyper's theatre credits include Don Juan in Soho (Donmar), Danger: Memory! (Jermyn Street Theatre), Punk Rock (Lyric Hammersmith) and Troilus and Cressida (Globe).

Torch Song Trilogy is directed by Tony Award winner Douglas Hodge (who starred in the Menier's production of the Fierstein-scripted La Cage aux Folles). His other directorial credits include See How They Run (Duchess) and Absurdia and Dimetos (both at the Donmar Warehouse). It is designed by Soutra Gilmour, with lighting by Paul Anderson and musical supervision by Catherine Jayes.

The production marks the play's first major London revival since it was first seen in the West End with Antony Sher in 1985. According to press materials, the play "tells the poignant story of an outsider's search for love and acceptance, as drag queen Arnold fights for his place in the world and his right to happiness."

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

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