Further casting has been announced for Marianne Elliott’s highly-anticipated new production of George Furth and Stephen Sondheim’s Company which previews from 26 September 2018 at the Gielgud Theatre (press night is 16 October).
Joining the previously announced Rosalie Craig in the central role of Bobbie, Broadway star Patti LuPone as Joanne and Mel Giedroyc as Sarah are the actors playing Bobbie’s three boyfriends: Richard Fleeshman as Andy, George Blagden as PJ and Matthew Seadon-Young as Theo. All three characters have been re-gendered for this new production, which includes their classic song ‘You Could Drive a Person Crazy’. Sondheim has renamed the roles. Andy was originally April, PJ was originally Marta and Theo was Kathy.
Also announced today are: Gavin Spokes as Harry, who is married to Sarah (Giedroyc), Richard Henders and Jennifer Saayeng playing David and Jenny, Ashley Campbell as Peter and Ben Lewis playing opposite LuPone as Joanne’s husband Larry.
Richard Fleeshman is currently starring in the UK and Ireland tour of Sting’s new musical, The Last Ship. His many other credits include: the lead role of Sam Wheat in Ghost the Musical on Broadway and in the West End, Legally Blonde the Musical, Guys and Dolls, Damsel in Distress and UrineTown: The Musical. His television work includes Call the Midwife, the lead role in the six-part BBC series, All the Small Things, and Craig in Coronation Street.
George Blagden is currently playing the lead role of Louis XIV in Versailles on BBC TV and playing Damis in Tartuffe at the Theatre Royal Haymarket. His other theatre work includes Jamie Lloyd’s The Pitchfork Disney at Shoreditch Town Hall and Platinum at Hampstead Theatre. He played Grantaire in the film version of Les Miserables and other TV work includes Black Mirror: Hang the DJ (Netflix) and Athelstan in The Vikings.
Matthew Seadon-Young recently appeared in Sondheim’s Assassins at the Gate Theatre in Dublin. His other stage work includes: Big Fish, Beautiful in the West End, Sweeney Todd for English National Opera and UrineTown: The Musical. He also appeared in the feature film, Pride.
Gavin Spokes starred in James Graham’s play Quiz in the West End and at Chichester Festival Theatre. His other theatre work includes: Against at the Almeida Theatre, Carousel for English National Opera, he received an Olivier-award nomination for his role as Nicely Nicely in Guys and Dolls in the West End, 1984 at the Almeida and in the West End, Francis Henshall in the National Theatre production of One Man, Two Guvnors and Oliver Hardy in Laurel and Hardy at the Watermill. His TV credits include: Man Down and Utopia for Channel 4.
Richard Henders’ National Theatre credits include The Beaux Stratagem, The White Guard and Trevor Nunn’s productions of Anything Goes, Love’s Labour’s Lost and The Cherry Orchard, and John Caird’s production of Candide. His TV work includes Warren in Kingdom, The Inspector Lynley Mysteries and Foyle’s War.
Jennifer Saayeng’s recent theatre credits include: Caroline or Change at the Chichester Festival Theatre, Ragtime at the Charing Cross Theatre, Les Liaisons Dangereuses and City of Angels at the Donmar Theatre, The Etienne Sisters at the Theatre Royal Stratford East and The Color Purple at the Menier Chocolate Factory. Her TV work includes Vera, Eastenders and Emerald City.
Ashley Campbell recently played Sammy Davis Jr in The Rat Pack Live from Vegas at the Theatre Royal Haymarket. His other theatre credits include Sunny Afternoon in the West End, The Color Purple at the Menier Factory, Five Guys Named Moe at the Theatre Royal, Stratford East and he recently completed a season at the RSC in Much Ado about Nothing, Macbeth, The Rover and Two Noble Kinsmen. He features in the 2017 film: Mamma Mia: Here we Go Again! with Cher.
Ben Lewis is currently appearing as The Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera at Her Majesty’s Theatre in the West End. His many other credits include: Annie Get your Gun at the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, Forbidden Broadway at the Vaudeville Theatre, Side by Side by Sondheim at the Theatre Royal, Sydney, A Little Night Music for Opera Australia, Monty Python’s Spamalot and Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. Ben played the Phantom in the filmed version of Love Never Dies.
Joining Marianne Elliott in the creative team for Company are: musical supervisor and conductor Joel Fram, choreographer Liam Steel, designer Bunny Christie, lighting designer Neil Austin, sound designer Ian Dickinson (for Autograph Sound), illusions designer Chris Fisher, orchestrator David Cullen, dance arranger Sam Davis and casting directors Alastair Coomer CDG and Charlotte Sutton CDG. Further casting will be announced shortly.