Hannah Grover (Annabelle/ Sherry Mendez/ Sarah Arkwright), Gloria Onitiri (Deadpan Dolores/ Patty Keller), Marc Pickering (Doc Murphy/ Miles Rovak/ Harvey Stern), Michael Steedon (Sheriff Lavers / Jacob Arkwright/ Steve Loomas) and Sebastien Torkia (Al Wheeler) start rehearsals this week for The Stripper, playing at the St. James Studio from 7 July to 13 August 2016, with press night on 11 July at 8pm.
Based on the pulp fiction story by Carter Brown, with music and lyrics by The Rocky Horror Show creators Richard Hartley and Richard O’Brien, The Stripper will be directed by Benji Sperring (The Toxic Avenger) with set and costume design by Tim Shortall, choreography by Lucie Pankhurst, musical direction and arrangement by Alex Beetschen and lighting design by Nick Farman. The Stripper is produced by Niall Bailey and Chris Wheeler for Scala Theatre Ltd.
The production is sponsored by Vivien of Holloway, who will supply a number of 1960’s inspired costumes. Vivien of Holloway, one of the longest running and most well-known vintage reproduction brands in the world, are five times winner of best repro brand at the London Vintage Awards and one of ES Magazine’s top 50 boutiques in London.
The year is 1961, the place is Pine City, California, and some broad is threatening to throw herself off the top of the fanciest hotel in town. There’s trouble brewing and Lieutenant Al Wheeler wants answers. First stop, Club Extravaganza where we meet delectable Deadpan Dolores. Her name says it all… she’s not shy, so what’s she hiding? As Wheeler is thrust into a sleazy underworld of strip-joints and lost lonely hearts, the truth isn’t the only thing he uncovers.
The Stripper was first staged at the Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch on 28 August 2009.
Hannah Grover’s theatre credits include Sarah the Blind Librarian in The Toxic Avenger (Southwark playhouse); the title role in Cinderella, the World’s Biggest Pantomime (Birmingham Indoor Arena); Molly Jensen in Ghost the Musical Eva Perron, opposite Marti Pellow as Che, in Evita (UK tour), Brooke Wyndham in Legally Blonde (UK tour); Sophie Sheirdan in Mamma Mia (West End) and the narrator in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (UK tour).
Gloria Onitiri is perhaps most well-known for role as Rachel Marron in the West End production of The Bodyguard. She returns to the St. James Studio following two cabaret shows in 2015. Further theatre credits include Clybourne Park (National tour); Wrong Songs for Christmas (National Theatre); Home TheatreUK (Theatre Royal Stratford East); Green Living (Old Vic/ New Voices); Jack & The Beanstalk (Park Theatre); Egusi Soup (Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds); The Tempest (Theatre Royal Bath); Charlotte’s Webb (Polka Theatre); Takeaway (Theatre Royal Stratford East); Amphibians (Offstage Theatre); Hurried Steps (New Shoes Theatre); The Lion King (West End) and Been So Long (Young Vic). Her television credits include Doctors, Splatalot, The Window, Porgy and Bess, Bad Girls and Grass. Film includes Resurrecting the Street Walker.
Marc Pickering’s theatre credits include the European debut of the rock musical The Toxic Avenger (Southwark Playhouse); Abanazar in Aladdin (Milton Keynes Theatre); Joseph Merrick in The Elephant Man (Trafalgar Studios) and The Long, the Short and the Tall (Pleasance Theatre). Film credits include starring opposite Helen Mirren and Julie Walters in Calendar Girls, Montparnasse in Tom Hooper’s 2012 reimagining of Les Miserables and playing opposite Johnny Depp in Sleepy Hollow. On television, Marc’s most significant role was R Wayne in Peter Kay’s 2008 talent show parody Britain’s Got the Pop Factor and Enoch ‘Nucky’ Thompson, in his younger years, in the fifth and final season of the HBO television series Boardwalk Empire.
Michael Steedon’s theatre credits include Jack and His Giant Stalk (Brick Lane Music Hall), Aladdin (Oxford Playhouse), Sketch in Hairspray (Shaftesbury Theatre), William in Irish Wings (UK tour), Aladdin (Mayflower Theatre), Legally Blonde (UK tour), Tom in A Chorus Line (London Palladium), Cinderella (New Victoria Theatre) and Kiss Me Kate BBC Proms (Royal Albert Hall).
Sebastien Torkia’s theatre credits include Mario in Travels With My Aunt (Minerva, Chichester), Alberto Beddini in Top Hat (National tour), Pirelli in Sweeney Todd (West Yorkshire Playhouse and Royal Exchange, Manchester), Ed in The Lion King (West End), A Streetcar Named Desire (Bolton Octogan),Women Beware Women (National Theatre), original casts of La Cage Aux Folles, Guys and Dolls (also playing Benny Southstreet) Saturday Night Fever (Double J) Martin Guerre (later playing Benoit), and Grease, all in the West End, Eddie Ryan in Funny Girl (Chichester), Francis in La Cage Aux Folles (Menier Chocolate Factory), Greg Gardner in A Chorus Line (Sheffield Crucible), Maugrim/ Giant Rumblebuffin in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Steve in Singin’ in the Rain (national tour), and Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella in Japan. He also played the lead in Saturday Night Fever in Germany and Italy. Television credits include Victoria Wood’s That Day We Sang, Coronation Street and Babes In The Wood. Film credits are Mamma Mia, Sammy in Christian de Sica’s The Clan, Phantom of the Opera, Jesus Christ Superstar, and Dan in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Radio work includes BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour drama Leaving Normal. Cast recordings include Grease, Martin Guerre, Saturday Night Fever (UK and Italy), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and The Clan soundtracks.