Samantha Bond and John Marquez to join Robert Lindsay and Rufus Hound in cast of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at the Savoy Theatre, London
Samantha Bond (Passion Play, Amy’s View, Downton Abbey, Outnumbered) plays Muriel Eubanks, a glamorous divorcee looking for love in Beaumont-sur-Mer on the French Riviera and John Marquez (Privates On Parade, The Taming of the Shrew, Doc Martin) plays Andre Thibault, Beaumont-sur-Mer’s Chief of Police.
They join Olivier, Tony and BAFTA award winning Robert Lindsay (Me And My Girl, Becket, Oliver!, My Family) and Rufus Hound (One Man Two Guv’nors, Celebrity Juice, and this year’s Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special) as the conmen Lawrence Jameson and Freddy Benson competing for the riches (and even the heart) of the young impressionable heiress, Christine Colgate played by Katherine Kingsley (A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Singin’ in the Rain).
Further casting for the UK Premiere of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels includes Lizzy Connolly as Jolene, Gavin Alex, Darren Bennett, Niamh Bracken, Lisa Bridge, Darren Carnall, Andy Conaghan, Lizzy Connolly, Phoebe Coupe, Claire Doyle, Alice Fearn, Selina Hamilton, Ian Knauer, Lisa Mathieson, Zak Nemorin, Genevieve Nicole, Javier Santos, Todd Talbot, Dominic Tribuzio, Jon Tsouras and Zara Warren.
Directed and choreographed by Tony Award winning Jerry Mitchell (Kinky Boots – currently Broadway’s biggest award winning hit, Legally Blonde) in his debut production for Jerry Mitchell Productions, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels has music and lyrics by Drama Desk Award winner David Yazbek (The Full Monty, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown) and book by the Golden Globe and Emmy-Award winning Jeffrey Lane (Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Mad About You) and will run at the Manchester Opera House from 12 February – 22 February, Aylesbury Waterside Theatre from 26 February – 1 March before arriving at the Savoy Theatre on 10 March 2014.
Prepare to be transported to the luxurious lap of the French Riviera where the decadent world of sophisticated conman Lawrence Jameson is set to come crashing down with the arrival of larger-than-life Freddy Benson – a conman of an entirely different order.
Soon realising the town ain’t big enough for the both of them, the two find themselves going head to head in the con of their lives, pulling out all of the stops in a bid for the affections of millionaire soap heiress Christine Colgate. Little do they know what they’ve let themselves in for.
Samantha Bond was most recently on stage in Passion Play at the Duke of York’s, and other notable stage credits include What the Butler Saw and An Ideal Husband at the Vaudeville Theatre, Arcadia at the Duke of York’s, Rubenstein’s Kiss at Hampstead Theatre, A Woman of No Importance at the Haymarket Theatre, Amy’s View at the National Theatre/West End/Broadway (for which she received a Tony Award nomination), The Ends of the Earth at the National Theatre and The Winter’s Tale and As You Like It for the RSC. She is best known on screen for roles including Lady Rosamund Painswick in Downton Abbey, Auntie Angela in Outnumbered, Miss Moneypenny in Bond films; Goldeneye, The World is Not Enough, Tomorrow Never Dies and Die Another Day, alongside Pierce Brosnan. Other screen credits include The Call Out, The Preston Passion, Larkrise to Candleford, Emma, The Ruby Ring and Mansfield Park.
John Marquez’s stage credits include Neville’s Island at Chichester Festival Theatre, Privates On Parade at the Noel Coward Theatre, Ding Dong The Wicked at the Royal Court Theatre, The Taming of the Shrew for the RSC, House of Games, Chain Play II and The Hypochondriac at the Almeida Theatre, Dark Side of Buffoon at the Lyric Hammersmith, A Flea In Her Ear at the Old Vic, The Anniversary at the Garrick Theatre, Baby Doll, Sing Yer Heart Out for the Lads, The Emperor Jones and Market Boy all at the National Theatre, Boeing-Boeing at the Liverpool Playhouse, Mother Teresa Is Dead and Local and Identical Twins at the Royal Court Theatre and Tales from Tennessee, The Good Soul of Szechuan and Annie Get Your Gun at the Young Vic and Ragtime at the Open Air Theatre, Regent’s Park. On screen his credits include In The Club, Doc Martin, Hotel Babylon, Suburban Shootout and Man and Mouse.
Lizzy Connolly’s stage credits include Wag! The Musical at the Charing Cross Theatre, From Up Here at the Tristan Bates Theatre and The Boys From Syracuse at the Union Theatre. Gavin Alex’s stage credits include Wag! The Musical at the Charing Cross Theatre, Sister Act on UK Tour, Hairspray at the Shaftesbury Theatre and Footloose at the Novello Theatre. Darren Bennett’s stage credits include Aladdin at the O2 Arena, The Two Most Perfect Things at Riverside Studios, Merrily We Roll Along at Clwyd Theatr Cymru and Annie at West Yorkshire Playhouse. Niamh Bracken’s stage credits include Siren Song at The Lion and Unicorn Theatre, Save The Last Dance For Me on UK Tour, Legally Blonde on UK Tour and Grease at the Piccadilly Theatre. Lisa Bridge’s stage credits include 9 to 5 on UK Tour, The Wizard Of Oz at the London Palladium, Chicago at Aberystwyth Arts Centre and The Sopranos on UK and International Tour. Darren Carnall’s stage credits include Legally Blonde at the Savoy Theatre, La Cage Aux Folles at the Playhouse Theatre, The Lord Of The Rings at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane and Guys And Dolls at the Piccadilly Theatre. Andy Conaghan’s stage credits include Oklahoma! at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre, Shane Warne The Musical at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival and South Pacific for Opera Australia.
Phoebe Coupe’s stage credits include Merrily We Roll Along at the Melbourne Recital Centre, Flinder’s Street at the Comedy Theatre, Melbourne and High School Musical at Capitol Theatre, Sydney. Claire Doyle’s stage credits include The Mare Rider and The Sweet Smell Of Success both at the Arcola Theatre and Phantom Of The Opera at Her Majesty’s Theatre, Haymarket and the 25th Anniversary Concert at the Royal Albert Hall. Alice Fearn’s stage credits include Shrek The Musical at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, The Woman In White at the Palace Theatre, Les Misérables at the Queen’s Theatre and Annie Get Your Gun at the Young Vic. Selina Hamilton’s stage credits include Rock Of Ages at the Garrick Theatre, Mamma Mia on International Tour, Grease at the Piccadilly Theatre, and Spamalot at the Palace Theatre. Ian Knauer’s stage credits include The Secret Garden on UK Tour, The Great Gatsby at Riverside Studios, Mamma Mia! at Broadhurst Theatre, Broadway and Bugle Boy at the Garrick Theatre and UK Tour. Lisa Mathieson’s stage credits include Twist And Shout at the New Vic Theatre, Stoke, Hold Tight It’s 60’s Night on Holland Tour, and Love Never Dies at the Adelphi Theatre.
Zak Nemorin’s stage credits include Viva Forever! at the Piccadilly Theatre, Legally Blonde on UK Tour, She Loves Me at the Minerva Theatre, Chichester and Carousel at the Savoy Theatre and UK Tour. Genevieve Nicole’s stage credits include Miracle On 34th Street on UK Tour, A Chorus Line at the London Palladium, Chicago on UK Tour, White Christmas on UK Tour and Spamalot at the Palace Theatre. Javier Santos’ stage credits include Fiddler On The Roof on UK Tour, Strictly Confidential on UK Tour, Dirty Dancing for Future Cinema and High School Musical on European Tour. Todd Talbot’s stage credits include Chicago at the Cambridge Theatre, Sinatra at the London Palladium, Cats on World Tour, Starlight Express at the Apollo Theatre and My Fair Lady at the Royal Albert Hall BBC Proms. Dominic Tribuzi’s stage credits include Hello, Dolly! at the Leicester Curve Theatre, We Will Rock You at the Dominion Theatre, Legally Blonde at the Savoy Theatre, The Rocky Horror Show on UK Tour and Billy Elliot at the Victoria Palace Theatre. Jon Tsouras’ stage credits include A Chorus Line at the London Palladium, White Christmas at The Lowry, Salford, Jesus Christ Superstar on UK Tour, Legally Blonde at the Savoy Theatre and Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert at the Palace Theatre. Zara Warren’s stage credits include Singing In The Rain at the Palace Theatre, Love Never Dies at the Adelphi Theatre, Jersey Boys at the Prince Edward Theatre and Hairspray at the Shaftesbury Theatre.
Robert Lindsay is an Olivier, Tony and BAFTA award-winning actor. He is best known for his brilliantly comedic performance in My Family, which ran for nine series and for which he was nominated for the 2001 BAFTA for Best Comedy Performance, and on stage his award winning performance in Me And My Girl, alongside Emma Thompson, for which he won an Olivier and Tony Award. Roberts other stage credits include The Lion In Winter at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, Onassis at Derby Playhouse/Novello Theatre, Aristo at the Minerva Theatre, Chichester, The Entertainer and Trelawny Of The Wells both at the Old Vic, Power at the National Theatre, Richard III at the Savoy Theatre, Oliver! at the Palladium Theatre, Cyrano De Bergerac at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket, Becket at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket, for which he won the 1992 Variety Club Best Theatre Actor award and was nominated for the 1992 Olivier Award for Actor of The Year, and Philoctetes at the Royal Exchange Theatre, for which he won the Manchester Evening News Theatre Award for Best Actor. His other screen credits include Spy, Falcon, George And Bernard Shaw, The Trial Of Tony Blair, Jericho, Friends And Crocodiles, Goodbye My Love, Jake’s Progress, for which he was nominated for the 1995 BAFTA for Best Actor, G.B.H., for which he won the 1991 BAFTA for Best Actor and the RTS award for Best Actor, Confessional, Give Us A Break, King Lear, Cymbeline, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, All’s Well That Ends Well, Twelfth Night, Seconds Out, Citizen Smith, Get Some In!, Grace Of Monaco, Wimbledon, Divorcing Jack, Remember Me?, Fierce Creatures, Strike It Rich, Bert Rigby, You’re A Fool, Adventures Of A Taxi Driver, Three For All and That’ll Be The Day.
Rufus Hound is best known as a comedian, TV and radio personality and performer. Rufus’ theatre credits include the National Theatre’s One Man, Two Guvnors at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket/UK Tour and Neville’s Island at the Chichester Festival Theatre. He won Let’s Dance for Sport Relief 2010, and regularly appeared in Celebrity Juice (seven series), Never Mind The Buzzcocks, Would I Lie To You, 8 Out Of 10 Cats, You Have Been Watching, Mad Mad World and Argumental. Rufus is also well known as a TV presenter, with credits including Top Of The Pops, Glastonbury and The Brits: Backstage. His screen credits include The Wedding Video, A Touch Of Cloth 2, Big Fat Gypsy Gangster and Hounded. His radio credits include Act Your Age and My Teenage Diary, which won a Sony Award in 2013 for BBC Radio 4, as well as his own comedy show, What’s So Funny. In 2011 he released his debut stand-up DVD, Being Rude.
Katherine Kingsley’s last musical theatre role was in Singinʼ In The Rain at Chichester Festival Theatre/Palace Theatre, West End, for which she was nominated for both the 2012 Olivier Award for Best Performance in a Supporting Role in a Musical and the 2013 What’s On Stage Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Musical. Her other theatre credits include A Midsummer Nightʼs Dream at the Noel Coward Theatre alongside Sheridan Smith and David Walliams, Relative Values at Bath Theatre Royal, The 24 Hour Musical Celebrity Gala at The Old Vic, Heart To Heart at the Minerva Theatre, Chichester, Dusk Rings A Bell for the Hightide Festival, The 25th Annual Putnum County Spelling Bee at the Donmar Warehouse, which was nominated for the 2012 What’s On Stage Award for Best Ensemble, Company for Sondheims 80th Celebration at the Donmar Warehouse/Queens Theatre, Aspects Of Love at the Menier Chocolate Factory, The 39 Steps at Liverpool Playhouse and UK Tour, Piaf! at the Donmar Warehouse/Vaudeville Theatre, West End, for which she was nominated for the 2009 Olivier Award for Best Performance in a Supporting Role in a Musical, Hobsonʼs Choice at Chichester Festival Theatre, High Society at the Shaftesbury Theatre, West End, Habeas Corpus at the Northcott Theatre, Exeter, The Memory Of Water at Bristol Old Vic and Suddenly At Home at the Theatre Royal Windsor. Her screen credits include The Bill, Casualty, Jane Halls Big Bad Bus Ride, Telephone Detectives, Operation Good Guys, Weekend, Days Of The Siren and 100 Second Marriage.
Jerry Mitchell Productions is a partnership between the Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG) and Tony Award winner Jerry Mitchell. Jerry Mitchell Productions will work to develop, create and produce new productions, focussing on a wide range of projects from new commissions to fresh, innovative versions of classic pieces for ATG Theatres in London, New York and around the World.