Theo James and Jonathan Slinger Join Vanessa Williams in Donmar Warehouse’s City of Angels

London News   Theo James and Jonathan Slinger Join Vanessa Williams in Donmar Warehouse’s City of Angels
 
Director Josie Rourke’s critically acclaimed production, which premiered in 2014, will begin performances in March 2020.
Theo James
Theo James

Theo James, known to film fans for his roles in the Divergent franchise, and Jonathan Slinger (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in London) will join the upcoming transfer of Donmar Warehouse's Olivier Award–winning City of Angels. They play Stone and Buddy/Irwin, respectively.

“I’m thrilled that two more phenomenal actors have joined this wonderful company," says director Josie Rourke. "I knew Theo was a terrific actor, but I had no idea he was also in possession of such an exceptional singing voice. He and Hadley Fraser will be dynamite playing opposite each other. Jonathan Slinger is one of our finest actors, and I’m so happy to be working with him at long last. I think he will bring a magnetic danger to the role of this Hollywood Mephistopheles, Buddy Fiddler.”

Returning to the revival are Rosalie Craig (Company) as Gabby/Bobbi, Hadley Fraser (Les Misérables, Young Frankenstein) as Stine, and Rebecca Trehearn (Showboat) as Donna/Oolie, all of whom reprise their roles from the 2014 production of the Larry Gelbart-Cy Coleman-David Zippel musical. Also new to the production is Vanessa Williams, making her West End debut playing Carla/Alaura.

City of Angels finds a crime novelist working on a screenplay adaptation of one of his books as his marriage is crumbling, while his hardboiled hero can't get over the one that got away in a much-beloved spoof of film noir and 1940s Hollywood.

The cast also includes Marc Elliott as Panchos/Munoz, Nick Cavaliere as Sonny, Adam Fogarty as Big Six, Mark Penfold as Luther Kingsley, Rob Houchen as Jimmy/Dr Mandril, Joshua St Clair as Peter Kingsley and Cindy Bellot, Sadie-Jean Shirley, Manuel Pacific and Ryan Reid as the Angel City 4. Additional casting will be announced at a later date.

This production will begin performances March 5, 2020, at the Garrick Theatre. The entire 2014 creative team will reunite, including choreographer Stephen Mear; designer Robert Jones; musical supervisor Gareth Valentine; lighting designer Howard Harrison; sound designer Terry Jardine and Nick Lidster for Autograph; video designer Duncan McLean. Casting is by Alastair Coomer and Jacob Sparrow.

City of Angels is produced in the West End by Nica Burns, Ian Osborne, Eilene Davidson, Adam Blanshay Productions.

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