Full casting is announced today for hit musical comedy LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, bringing everyone’s favourite carnivorous plant to theatres across the UK in a brand new tour for 2016, opening at Bournemouth Pavilion on Thursday 4 August 2016.
The cast will feature Sam Lupton (Boq in Wicked, West End, Avenue Q, UK Tour) as Seymour, Stephanie Clift (Mamma Mia!, West End) as Audrey, Paul Kissaun (Calamity Jane, Fiddler on the Roof, UK Tours) as Mushnik, Sasha Latoya (Rent, Greenwich Theatre, Britain’s Got Talent) as Crystal, Vanessa Fisher (Hairspray, UK Tour) as Chiffon, Cassie Clare (Cats, West End) as Ronnette and Josh Wilmott (Spamalot, We Will Rock You, UK Tours) as Audrey II. The cast also includes Phil Adele, Stephanie McConville and Neil Nicholas.
They join the previously announced Rhydian as The Dentist, Orin Scrivello. Rhydian rose to fame as a runaway success on ITV’s X Factor and has sold in excess of a million albums worldwide. He has released 6 albums and duetted and performed with some of the biggest names in the music industry including Michael Bublé, Taylor Swift, Enrique Iglesias, Celine Dion and Nicole Scherzinger. Rhydian’s many theatre credits include Grease, We Will Rock You, The War Of The Worlds, Jesus Christ Superstar and the 40th Anniversary Tour of The Rocky Horror Show. Rhydian has just completed his third solo UK tour and is a Classical Brit Award nominee.
A charming, kooky and hilarious 1950s musical comedy, LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS tells the story of Seymour, the assistant at Mushnik’s Flower Shop in downtrodden Skid Row, who becomes an overnight sensation when he discovers a strange and exotic plant. He names it Audrey Two in order to impress glamorous Audrey, the shop assistant he’s secretly in love with. But Audrey Two has a mind of its own, and soon grows into a bad-tempered, foul-mouthed carnivore with an appetite that can’t be satisfied. Seymour must keep the meals coming to stop his prized plant from wilting, but how far is he willing to go to get the girl of his dreams?
LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS originally opened Off-Off-Broadway in 1982 before moving to the Orpheum Theatre Off-Broadway later that year, where it ran for five years and won numerous awards including the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Musical and the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Musical. It opened in the West End the following year, and in 1986 was adapted into the now iconic cult film starring Rick Moranis, Ellen Greene and Steve Martin. Other notable stage productions include the 2006 London revival at the Menier Chocolate Factory and in the West End, starring Sheridan Smith as Audrey.
LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS features music by Alan Menken and book and lyrics by Howard Ashman. They are best known for their collaborations on iconic Walt Disney films including The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast, for which they received Academy Awards.
LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS is directed by Tara Wilkinson (Associate Director of Motown the Musical, Memphis and Sunday in the Park With George, all in the West End) with choreography by Matthew Cole (Footloose The Musical UK Tour), design by David Shields, lighting design by Charlie Morgan Jones and sound design by Gareth Owen. The Musical Supervisor is Mark Crossland. It is presented by Sell a Door Theatre Company and Damien Tracey Productions by arrangement with Music Theatre International (Europe) Limited. Sell a Door Theatre Company have previously toured critically acclaimed productions of Avenue Q, The History Boys, American Idiot and Seussical the Musical.
LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS UK TOUR
Thursday 4 – Saturday 13 August 2016
BOURNEMOUTH Pavilion Theatre
Box Office www.bournemouthpavilion.co.uk | 0844 576 3000
Tuesday 16 – Saturday 20 August 2016
LLANDUDNO, Venue Cymru
Box Office www.venuecymru.co.uk | 01492 872000
Monday 22 – Saturday 27 August 2016
WIMBLEDON New Theatre
Press night: Tuesday 23 August, 7.30pm
Box Office www.atgtickets.com/venues/new-wimbledon-theatre | 020 8545 7900
Tuesday 30 August – Saturday 4 September 2016
BELFAST OPERA HOUSE
Box Office www.goh.co.uk | 028 9024 1919
Tuesday 6 – Saturday 10 September 2016
WOKING New Victoria Theatre
Box Office www.atgtickets.com/venues/new-victoria-theatre | 0844 871 7645
Tuesday 13 – Saturday 17 September 2016
AYLESBURY Waterside Theatre
Box Office www.atgtickets.com/venues/aylesbury-waterside-theatre | 0844 871 7607
Tuesday 20 – Saturday 24 September 2016
LICHFIELD Garrick Theatre
Box Office www.lichfieldgarrick.com | 01543 412121
Tuesday 27 September – Saturday 1 October 2016
BIRMINGHAM Alexandra Theatre
Box Office www.atgtickets.com/venues/new-alexandra-theatre-birmingham | 0844 871 3011
Monday 3 – Saturday 8 October 2016
CARDIFF New Theatre
Box Office www.newtheatrecardiff.co.uk | 029 2087 8889
ON SALE SOON
Tuesday 11 – Saturday 15 October 2016
Box Office www.thespabridlington.com | 01262 678258
Monday 17 – Saturday 22 October 2016
CHELTENHAM Everyman Theatre
Box Office www.everymantheatre.org.uk | 01242 572573
Wednesday 26 – Saturday 29 October 2016
COVENTRY Belgrade Theatre
Box Office www.belgrade.co.uk | 024 7655 3055
ON SALE SOON
Monday 31 October – Saturday 5 November 2016
MANCHESTER Palace Theatre
Box Office www.atgtickets.com/venues/palace-theatre-manchester | 0161 245 6600
Monday 14 – Saturday 19 November 2016
GLASGOW King’s Theatre
Box Office www.atgtickets.com/venues/kings-theatre | 0844 871 7648
Tuesday 22 – Saturday 26 November 2016
BLACKPOOL Grand Theatre
Box Office www.blackpoolgrand.co.uk | 01253 290190