Friday, 22 May 2015

Simon Webbe, Gareth Gates, Leanne Jones & Taofique Folarin star in Stiles and Drewe's The Three Little Pigs

Casting has been announced for George Stiles and Anthony Drewe’s musical adaptation of The Three Little Pigs

The show runs during the day at the Palace Theatre between 5th August and 6th September 2015. The Commitments will continue to run at the Palace Theatre as normal.

The cast includes Simon Webbe (Blue/Sister Act), Gareth Gates (Pop Idol/Legally Blonde), Leanne Jones (Hairspray/Molly Wobbly) and Taofique Folarin (The Lion King/Avenue Q). Stiles (music) and Drewe (book and lyrics) put their own musical twist on the retelling of this classic fairy tale.

Stiles and Drewe met at Exeter University where George was studying music and Anthony Zoology – so it’s little wonder that animals tend to feature in their musicals, which include: Honk!, Betty Blue Eyes, Just So, Mary Poppins, Peter Pan and Soho Cinders.

Stiles and Drewe say: “Most children will know the story of The Three Little Pigs, so our job has been to reinvent it in a theatrical way, with hummable, memorable songs that will appeal to the whole family. Our 3 Little Pigs - Bar who loves to exercise, Bee who is “green” to the core, and Q the insatiable bookworm – learn to work together as a team to defeat the Big Bad (but possibly misunderstood) Wolf. We love surprising and bewitching our younger audiences, some of whom will be visiting the theatre for the first time. We take it as a great responsibility to encourage and nurture audiences of the future, so we try to ensure their first experience of a musical is a memorable one.”

The show is produced by Kenny Wax. His Olivier Nominated shows for family audiences include: Hetty Feather, The Tiger Who Came to Tea and Tall Stories’ production of Room on the Broom.

Wax says “I would like to extend my thanks to Nica Burns and Laurence Miller at Nimax Theatres for once again welcoming our family entertainment into their most prestigious Palace theatre, and continuing our fantastically successful ten year partnership encouraging the young kids of today to become our adult audiences of tomorrow.”

Prior to opening in the West End, the production will play the North Finchley arts depot on 24th July and Birmingham Town Hall from 28th July.

The Three Little Pigs will be directed by Anthony Drewe with set and costumes designed by Jason Denvir, choreography by Ewan Jones, lighting designed by Oliver Fenwick and casting by Pippa Ailion. The show runs for 55 minutes with no interval.

Meet The Cast


Simon Webbe (WOLF)
Best known as a member of the British boy band Blue selling over 15 million records and penning many of their hits, Simon has also released solo albums and had five UK Top 40 Singles. In 2008 he was a contestant on ‘I’m a Celebrity... get me out of here!’ and last year he appeared on Strictly Come Dancing with dancing partner Kristina Rihanoff, ending the series as runners-up. His theatre credits include Sister Act (London Palladium) and Strictly Come Dancing (Live Arena Tour).

Gareth Gates (Q)
Since coming second in the first series of Pop Idol back in 2001, not only has Gareth Gates had a hugely successful career as a recording artist, selling over 3.5 million records in the UK, but he has also had an incredible career in musical theatre. Gareth’s theatre career began when he took over from Lee Mead to star in the West End production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. He then created the role of Marius in the International 25th Anniversary production of Les Miserables and went on to play the part in the West End. His other theatre credits include Eddie in Loserville (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Cain in Children of Eden (Prince of Wales) and Warner in Legally Blonde (UK Tour). Read our interview with Gareth.

Leanne Jones (BEE)
Leanne Jones won Best Actress in a Musical at the Olivier Awards in 2008 for her portrayal of Tracy Turnblad in the West End premiere of Hairspray at the Shaftesbury Theatre. Her theatre credits also include: Saucy Jack and The Space Vixens (Leicester Square Theatre), The Sunny Side Of The Street (Jermyn Street Theatre), Bedroom Farce (New Wolsey Theatre), You're A Good Man Charlie Brown (Tabard Theatre), Tick Tick Boom (Union Theatre) and Molly Wobbly (Phoenix Artist Club/Lyric Theatre Belfast/Edinburgh Fringe). Read our interview with Leanne.

Taofique Folarin (BAR)
Taofique Folarin has recently finished playing Banzai in the West End production of Disney’s The Lion King which he previously played in Germany. He has also appeared as Tyrone in Fame, Gary Coleman  in Avenue Q, Eat Moe in 5 Guys Named Moe and Petrucchio in The Taming of The Shrew.

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