Star of stage and screen Bonnie Langford is to join the cast of 42nd Street as the production extends its residency at Theatre Royal Drury Lane for a final time, through to Saturday 5 January 2019.
Langford will join the show on Monday 3 September, straight from her headline-making role as Carmel Kazemi in BBC’s EastEnders. Her previous starring credits in the West End include Gypsy, Chicago and the original London production of Cats.
Following the conclusion of 42nd Street’s residency at Theatre Royal Drury Lane on Saturday 5 January 2019, the refurbishment of the theatre (announced earlier this year) will commence.
This new production of the show opened on Tuesday 4 April 2017 and has since been seen by almost one million people and has won numerous awards. It recently celebrated its 500th performance.
The production is directed by the show’s co-author Mark Bramble (whose other hit shows include Barnum, Treasure Island, The Three Musketeers, The Grand Tour) and director of many award-winning previous productions of 42nd Street on Broadway and around the world.
Langford will star alongside Tom Lister who plays the role of Julian Marsh, Clare Halse, who plays Peggy Sawyer and Ashley Day as Billy Lawlor.
The cast also includes: Jasna Ivir is Maggie Jones, Graeme Henderson is Andy Lee, Christopher Howell is Bert Barry, Bruce Montague is Abner Dillon, Mark McKerracher is Mac/Doc/Thug, Emma Caffrey is Anytime Annie and Matthew Goodgame is Pat Denning.
Bonnie Langford’s career which has embraced success in theatre, television, film and radio in both Britain and America. Most recently, Langford played the role of Carmel Kazemi in EastEnders, winning Best Newcomer at the 2016 British Soap Awards. She made her theatre debut in the West End at the tender age of seven in Gone With the Wind at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. The following year she played Baby June in Gypsy opposite Angela Lansbury at the Piccadilly Theatre, making such an impact that the producers took her to America with the show for a highly successful run on Broadway.
West End credits include: Cats (Original London cast), The Gillian Lynne Theatre (formerly New London Theatre); The Pirates Of Penzance, Theatre Royal, Drury Lane and London Palladium; Peter Pan – The Musical, Aldwych Theatre; Me And My Girl, Adelphi Theatre; Sweet Charity, Victoria Palace Theatre; Spamalot, Harold Pinter and Playhouse Theatres; Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Savoy Theatre and Roxie Hart in Chicago, Adelphi and Cambridge Theatres and on Broadway.
UK tours include: 42nd Street; Charlie Girl; Oklahoma!; Guys and Dolls; Fosse; Spamalot; 9 to 5, The Musical and numerous Royal Variety Performances and Royal galas.