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20th Century Boy - casting announced

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

West End and musical theatre star Warren Sollars (Mamma Mia!, From Here To Eternity) will lead the cast of the musical 20th Century Boy, which visits New Wimbledon Theatre from June 23 to June 28, 2014, as part of a National Tour. A West End transfer is anticipated.

Sollars plays the Glam Rock legend Marc Bolan and joining him are Sue Jenkins (Brookside, Coronation Street) and Luke Bailey (Waterloo Road, Casualty).

Completing the cast are Jade Albertson, Matthew Ashcroft, Lakesha Cammock, Andy Coxon, Llandyl Gove, Nathan Graham, Donna Hines, Christopher Hunt, Peter Manchester, Chris Milford, Katia Sartini, Steve Simmonds, Lucy Sinclair and Naomi Slights.

20th Century Boy is directed and choreographed by Gary Lloyd (Thriller Live, Fame), written by Peter Rowe in association with Gary Lloyd, and has music and lyrics by Marc Bolan.

20th Century Boy is the culmination of five years development and is based on an original idea by Brian Dunham, Colin Giffin and Nicky Graham. The original production had highly successful and critically acclaimed runs at the New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich in September 2011 and the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry in September 2012.

This new production, which tours throughout the UK from April 2014, showcases 24 of Marc Bolan and T.Rex’s best-known iconic hits including Ride A White Swan, I Love To Boogie and Get It On.

Gary Lloyd said: “After working on this very special project for over five years, I am extremely excited to take Marc Bolan’s classic catalogue of songs out on the road in the UK. Marc is still very loved by a whole generation of fans and I really hope this piece will open up some of his greatest hits to a whole new generation. With a remarkable new cast, including Sue Jenkins, Luke Bailey and Warren Sollars, we are celebrating with this number one national tour. I hope the UK are ready to don their feather boas, rock out in their 70’s heels and Get It On!”

Warren Sollars’ most recent stage credits include the new Tim Rice musical From Here To Eternity (Shaftesbury Theatre), Mamma Mia! (Prince Of Wales Theatre), Our House (Birmingham Rep/UK Tour), Kiss Me Kate (Chichester Festival Theatre/Old Vic), The Reduced Shakespeare Company’s All The Great Books (London and Dubai) and Everyone Loves A Winner (Manchester Royal Exchange). His screen work includes The Frame and Musicality.

Although Sue Jenkins is best known as Jackie Corkhill in Brookside and Gloria Todd in Coronation Street, her other screen credits include How We Used To Live, The Beiderbecke Affair, Merseybeat, In Deep, Heartbeat, The Royal, Doctors, The Girls Who Came To Stay, Holby City, Casualty, Ingenious, Grownups, Dalziel & Pascoe, Midsomer Murders, Coasting and Being Eileen.

She has previously appeared on stage in The Vagina Monologues (National Tour), The Price (The Library Theatre, Manchester), Maybe Tomorrow (Manchester Royal Exchange), Educating Rita (Leeds Playhouse) and The People are Friendly (Royal Court Theatre).

Luke Bailey is well known for playing comprehensive school pupil Marley Kelly in Waterloo Road and Sam Bateman in Casualty. His other screen credits include Scallywagga, Moving On – The Butterfly Effect, Waking The Dead, Blue Murder, U-Get-Me, Illustrated Mum, Nine Lives and Spin.

Produced by Bolanic Productions, 20th Century Boy is designed by Diego Pitarch, with lighting by Ben Cracknell, sound by Chris Whybrow, musical supervision and arrangement by John Maher and video design by Will Duke.

For more information or to book, call the box office on 0844 871 7646 or visit www.atgtickets.com/venues/new-wimbledon-theatre/ or www.20thcenturyboythemusical.co.uk/.

The tour will also visit Inverness Eden Court (April 18-19), Manchester Opera House (April 22-26), Birmingham Alexandra (April 28 – May 3), Southampton Mayflower (May 6-10), Bristol Hippodrome (May 12-17), Sunderland Empire (May 19-24), York Grand Opera House (May 26-31), Belfast Grand Opera House (June 2-7), Woking New Victoria (June 9-14), Cardiff New Theatre (June 17-21), Wolverhampton Grand Theatre (June 30 – July 5), Plymouth Theatre Royal (July 7-12) and Southend-on-Sea Cliffs Pavilion (July 14-19).