Wednesday, 29 July 2015

David Delve replaces Philip Rham in Grand Hotel

David Delve has replaced Philip Rham as Otternschlag in Thom Southerland's revival of Grand Hotel at the Southwark Playhouse, two days ahead of the first preview. Rham has had to "reluctantly leave the production because of a family emergency". 

Producer Danielle Tarento said: "We wish Philip well and are thrilled to welcome to the production the fantastic David Delve to take over and play Colonel-Doctor Otternschlag. We thank David enormously for stepping in at such short notice."

Delve’s West End credits include Squeers in Nicholas Nickelby (RSC), Thenadier in Les Miserables (Palace), Mr Sowerby in Oliver! (London Palladium), The Phantom of the Opera (Her Majesty’s), Anything Goes (Theatre Royal) and Carousel (Savoy). 

He joins: Christine Grimandi (Grushinskaya), Scott Garnham (Baron), George Rae(Kringelein),  Victoria Serra (Flaemmchen), Jacob Chapman (Preysing), Valerie Cutko (Raffaela), Jonathan Stewart (Erik), James Gant(Rohna/Zinnowitz), Charles Hagerty (Sandor/Chauffeur) and Paul Iveson (Witt). The cast is completed by: Rhiannon Howys, Jammy Kasongo, Ceili O'Connor, Durone Stokes, Samuel J Weir and Leah West.

Grand Hotel opens at the Southwark Playhouse on 5th August (previews from 31st July) for a limited run until 5th September 2015. Grand Hotel premièred on Broadway in 1989, ran for over 1,000 performances and was nominated for twelve Tony Awards, winning five. 

The show has book by Luther Davis and music and lyrics by George Forrest and Robert Wright with additional music and lyrics by Maury Yeston.

Thom Southerland directs this new production with musical supervision from Simon Lee, musical direction from Michael Bradley, choreography by Lee Proud, set and costume design by Lee Newby, lighting by Derek Anderson, sound by Andrew Johnson and casting by Danielle Tarento who is also producing the production. 

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