It has been announced that Marc Elliot, best known for playing Syed Masood in Eastenders, has joined Jamie Lloyd’s production of Urinetown which receives its West End premiere next year at the St James Theatre.
Elliot, who plays Mr. McQueen, joins the previously announced Richard Fleeshman (Ghost The Musical) as Bobby Strong, Jenna Russell (Merrily We Roll Along) as Penelope Pennywise and Jonathan Slinger (RSC’s Hamlet, Richard II) as Officer Lockstock.
Further casting has also been announced. The cast will feature: Chris Bennett (Swing), Alasdair Buchan (Swing), Karis Jack (Little Sally), Aaron Lee Lambert (Billy Boy Bill), Jeff Nicholson (Tiny Tom), Adam Pearce (Officer Barrel) and Charlotte Scott (Swing).
They join: Katie Bernstein (Little Becky Two Shoes), Cory English (Old Man Strong/Hot Blades Harry), Madeleine Harland (Soupy Sue), Rosanna Hyland (Hope Cladwell), Julie Jupp (Old Woman/Josephine Strong), Mark Meadows (Senator Fipp), Joel Montague (Swing), Jo Napthine (Swing) and Matthew Seadon-Young (Robbie The Stockfish).
, which has music and lyrics by Mark Hollmann and book and lyrics by Greg Kotis, will begin previews at the St James Theatre on 22nd February 2014. Jamie Lloyd’s production will officially open on 11th March before running for a strictly limited season until 3rd May 2014.
The show ran on Broadway between 2001 and 2004 and won three Tony Awards (out of ten nominations) including: Best Book, Best Score and Best Direction. Urinetown also won three Outer Critics Circle Awards, two Lucille Lortel Awards, two Obie Awards and the Drama League Award for Best Musical.
In a city of the future that has been inflicted with a terrible drought, business tycoon Caldwell B. Cladwell has made his fortune through bribery and the monopolisation of all public toilets. With a brutal police force maintaining law and order, it’s not a place to get caught short! Risk it and you will be sent off to a place no one returns from - the infamous Urinetown.
The city needs a revolution and every revolution needs a hero... however unlikely. A tale of greed, corruption, love and revolution set in a time when water is worth its weight in gold.