(1) Actor Neil Morrissey will join the West End cast of Relative Values at the Harold Pinter Theatre from May 26 to June 21, 2014. He will take over the role of Crestwell the Butler from Rory Bremner, who ends his 10 week engagement on May 24.
Neil Morrissey is best known for creating the role of Tony in the BBC sitcom, ‘Men Behaving Badly’. He is also widely remembered as the voice of popular children’s TV character, Bob The Builder, with whom he released two hit singles that both reached number one in the UK charts.
His West End and stage credits include the musical version of Victoria Wood’s ‘Acorn Antiques’ which he starred alongside Julie Walters, Celia Imrie and Duncan Preston. He also played Nathan Detroit in Rob Ashford’s production of ‘Guys and Dolls’ at the Piccadilly Theatre, and played the role of Fagin in the UK tour of Cameron Mackintosh’s ‘Oliver!’
(2) Michael Watson has taken over the role of Frankie Valli in The Jersey Boys. The role had been played for six years (up to March 9, 2014) by Ryan Molloy. The show has also announced that it will be extending to February 15, 2015 and tickets for the new dates are now on sale. Michael Watson, who was born in Essex, has previously appeared on the London stage in We Will Rock You, Imagine This, Sister Act and Shrek the Musical. Jersey Boys opened at the Prince Edward Theatre March 18, 2008 and closed on March 9, 2014. The show re-opened a few days later, at the Piccadilly Theatre on March 14, where it is currently taking bookings up to October 25, 2014.
Additional cast members have been announced for the stage adaptation of Shakespeare in Love, which opens at the Noel Coward Theatre on July 23, 2014. Joining the previously announced Tom Bateman (Will Shakespeare) and Lucy Briggs-Owen (Viola De Lessps) will be: Ian Bartholomew (Tilney), Tony Bell (Ralph), Anna Carteret (Queen Elizabeth), Paul Chahidi (Henslowe), David Ganley (Burbage), Richard Howard (Sir Robert De Lesseps),Harry Jardine (Sam), Abigail McKern (Nurse), David Oakes(Marlowe), Patrick Osborne (Mr Wabash), Alistair Petrie(Wessex), Doug Rao (Ned Alleyn), Ferdy Roberts (Fennyman), Colin Ryan (JohnWebster), Gaiety (Crab the dog).