Thursday, 23 April 2015

Full casting announced for Kinky Boots!

Full casting has been announced for the West End premiere of Kinky Boots. Killian Donnelly (Memphis / The Commitments) will star as Charlie Price alongside Matt Henry (The Voice / Avenue Q ) as Lola.

The cast also includes Amy Lennox (Legally Blonde) as Lauren and Amy Ross (Sunny Afternoon) as Nicola, Michael Hobbs (Darling of the Day) as George and Jamie Baughan (Chicago) as Don. Kinky Boots opens at the Adelphi Theatre on 15th September 2015 (previews from 21st August). 

The cast also includes: Gemma Atkins, Paul Ayers, Jeremy Batt, Arun Blair-Mangat, Marcus Collins, Emma Crossley, Jordan Fox, Callum Francis, Robert Grose, Gillian Hardie, Chloe Hart, Sophie Isaacs, Luke Jackson, Robert Jones, Adam Lake, Catherine Millsom, Sean Needham, Tim Prottey-Jones, Verity Quade, Javier Santos, Dominic Tribuzio, Alan Vicary, Michael Vinsen and Bleu Woodward.

Jerry Mitchell (director and choreographer) said: "Casting the entire London company of Kinky Boots has been an amazing and energizing experience; each character has a true individual significance in this show and that makes it so special. We are delighted to have found our Lola and Charlie in the hugely talented Matt Henry and Killian Donnelly. Both gentlemen will bring effortless charm and sensational voices to the show. I am really looking forward to working with all my wonderful cast on Kinky Boots, which will be my 7th production in the West End."

Harvey Fierstein (book writer) said: "The inspiring story of Kinky Boots is about to complete its full circle journey from Northampton to the silver screen to Broadway and now, at last, back home to London. It’s been an absolute thrill to witness the giant heart of our show raise audiences up out of their seats in clamorous joy night after night all across the States. I can’t wait to experience its homecoming with our friends across the pond.”

Cyndi Lauper (composer and lyricist) said: "It has been a wonderful adventure and a privilege for me, to play a part in creating Kinky Boots. Everyone can relate to this universal story, and I am convinced that people in the UK are going to fall in love with it - and the music will hopefully get them tapping their toes!"

With a book by Harvey Fierstein plus music and lyrics by Cyndi Lauper, Kinky Boots won the 2013 Tony Award for Best Musical, and the 2014 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theatre Album. The show has direction and choreography by Jerry Mitchell. 

The Daily Mail claims Donnelly will leave his current role in Memphis, which also stars Beverley Knight, at the start of July.

Photo Credit: Darren Bell

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