Thursday, 11 June 2015

Daniel Buckley joins West End cast of Stiles & Drewe’s The Three Little Pigs

Daniel Buckley has joined the West End cast of George Stiles and Anthony Drewe’s musical adaptation of The Three Little Pigs.

The West End Frame Award winner replaces the previously announced Gareth Gates as Q. He joins a stellar cast including Alison Jiear, Simon Webbe, Leanne Jones and Taofique Folarin.

Gates suffered a vocal injury last summer and although he is getting better, on the advice of his doctors he is taking some time off from singing this summer and working with Doctors and singing coaches to put these problems behind him for good.

The former Pop Idol runner-up said: "I’m absolutely gutted not to be able to take part in this fantastic show. I was looking forward to returning to the West End and working with George and Anthony, who I consider to be good friends, and the rest of the fantastic team, but I’ve got to be sensible and put my voice first. I’ll be back in the Autumn and, I hope you enjoy The Three Little Pigs."

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

Buckley created the role of Marvin Camden in the West End premiere of Loserville at the Garrick Theatre, having also played the role during the musical’s run at the West Yorkshire Playhouse. For his performance in Loserville, Buckley won the 2012 West End Frame Award for Funniest Performance in a West End show.

His theatre credits also include: title role in world premiere of Lardo (Old Red Lion) Ushers: The Front of House Musical (Charing Cross), standby Elder Cunningham in the original West End cast of The Book of Mormon (Prince of Wales), Scott Alan Live (London Hippodrome), Piggy in Lord of the Flies (UK Tour), Fresher – The Musical (Edinburgh Fringe) and Otto in Spring Awakening (UK Tour).

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.

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