Friday, 26 September 2014

First casting confirmed for West End transfer of Beautiful - The Carole King Musical

Following last night's gossip, it has been confirmed that Katie Brayben will play the title role in the West End production of Beautiful - The Carole King Musical.

The show opens at the Aldwych Theatre in February next year. Alan Morrissey will play King’s husband and song-writing partner Gerry Goffin, with Lorna Want as song-writer Cynthia Weil, Glynis Barber as Genie Klein, King’s mother, and Gary Trainor as music publisher and producer Don Kirshner.

The cast also includes: Vivien Carter, Ed Currie, Tanya Nicole-Edwards, Tanisha L Spring, Danielle Steers, Dylan Turner, Rosie Heath, Hannah Jay-Allan and Leigh Lothian.

UPDATE: Lucy St. Louis, Joanna Woodward, Andy Coxon and Aisha Jawando have also joined the West End company.

London previews begin on 10th February 2015 and with the show currently booking to 13th June 2015. Press night will now take place on 24th February.   Final casting will be announced shortly.

Meet The Cast

Singer-songwriter Katie Brayben will play the title role of Carole King. She is currently playing Princess Diana in King Charles III at the Wyndham’s Theatre and previously was seen in American Psycho at the Almeida Theatre. Her other theatre credits include Joking Apart for Nottingham Playhouse, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Ragtime for Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, 13 for the National Theatre, Company for Southwark Playhouse, Return to the Forbidden Planet on tour in the UK and Mamma Mia! both in the West End and on tour internationally. The screen credits include Vera and This Way Out.

Glynis Barber returns to the West End stage to play Genie Klein, Carole King’s mother. On television she is best known for playing Harriet Makepeace in Dempsey and Makepeace and Soolin in Blake’s Seven. Her more recent television credits include Glenda Mitchell in EastEnders, Jean McAtter in The Royal, Belinda in Family Affairs and Grace Barrowclough inEmmerdale. Her other television credits include Visitors, Lucky Jim, The History of Mr Polly and Turkish Delight/Popcorn. On film her credits include Point of Break, The Edge of Tomorrow, On The Nose, Deja vu, The Hound of the Baskervillesand The Wicked Lady. Her previous theatre credits include Love Letters for Dundee Rep, Season’s Greetings on tour,Separate Tables and Make Me A Match for the Mill at Sonning, the national tour of The Graduate, And Then There Were None at the Duke of York’s Theatre, Once in a Lifetime for the Royal Shakespeare Company at the Piccadilly Theatre and A Murder is Announced at the Vaudeville Theatre.

Alan Morrissey was last on stage in I Can’t Sing at the London Palladium. His work for the Royal Shakespeare Company includes Twelfth Night and As You Like It. For Shakespeare’s Globe he toured in Romeo and Juliet. His screen credits include Nick Van Barr in Holby City as well as appearances in Doctors, Endeavour and The League of Gentlemen: Apocalypse. 

Lorna Want has most recently played Winnie in Annie Get Your Gun on tour in the UK. Her West End credits includeFootloose, Evita, Parade, The Fantasticks and Dreamboats and Petticoats. Her regional theatre credits include Robin Hoodfor the Cambridge Arts Theatre, Peter Pan at the Manchester Opera House and Les Miserables at the Birmingham Hippodrome. 

Gary Trainor’s theatre credits include Potted Potter at the Garrick Theatre and on tour in the US and Australia, The Shawshank Redemption at Wyndham’s Theatre, The Old Vic New Voices 24 Hour Plays, Into The Woods at the Landor Theatre, Jago at the Pleasance Theatre in Edinburgh and Prophecy at the Public Theatre in New York. He has also toured the UK in Buddy, Frankenstein: The Year Without a Summer, Stones in His Pockets and The Oxford Passion.

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