Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Full casting announced for Closer to Heaven at the Union Theatre

Full casting has been announced for the Union Theatre's revival of Pet Shop Boys musical Closer to Heaven

Marking the show's first major London revival, Closer to Heaven will open on 28th April 2015 (previews from 22nd April) and run until 23rd May. Gene David Kirk directs. 

The production will star Jared Thompson (pictured right) as Straight Dave, Katie Meller as Billie Trix, Amy Matthews as Shell, Connor Brabyn as Mile End Lee, Ben Kavanagh as Flynn, Craig Berry as Vic and Ken Christiansen as Bob.

Ellie Mitchell, Tamsyn Blake, Grace Reynolds, Jamie Firth, Martin Harding, Ben Somerside and Alex Tranter complete the cast.

Closer to Heaven has a book by Jonathan Harvey who famously wrote Beautiful Thing. Original music and lyrics are by Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe from the Pet Shop Boys. Closer to Heaven premiered at the Arts Theatre in 2001.

Choreography is by Philip Joel, with musical direction by Patrick Stockbridge, design by David Shields and casting by Adam Braham.

The run had sold out; however, Reserved Seats have been released online today, priced at £30 and available at selected performances. Reserved Seats are guaranteed reservations in the best seats in the theatre, which operates unallocated seating. 100% of the ticket revenue from these seats will contribute towards a profit share between the cast and creative team.

Producer Paul Taylor-Mills said: “We are absolutely delighted that Closer To Heaven has recouped its production costs pre-opening due to an unprecedented 48 hour online sell-out. This means the entire cost of the Reserved Seats will be shared equally amongst the cast, musicians and creative team. 

"The Off West End exists because of the good-will, risk and generosity of the people that decide to work on these shows, and in our fortunate circumstances it feels only right that any financial award is split amongst those giving their time and energy to make the work happen."

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