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Betwixt! - casting announced

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

STEVEN Webb (as Cooper), Ashleigh Gray (Miranda) and newcomer Benedict Salter (Bailey) will head the cast of Betwixt!, which runs for a limited season – July 26 to August 20, 2011 – at Trafalgar Studio 2.

Steven Webb’s theatre credits include The Mamet Plays at the Arcola, new musical Departure Lounge at Waterloo East, Alan Bennet’s The History Boys in the West End and on tour, Shit-Mix at Trafalgar Studios and Dick Whittington (title role) at the Lyric Hammersmith.

On television, he has appeared in The Inbetweeners, Bad Girls, The Bill and Holby City.

Although best known for covering and playing the role of Elphaba in Wicked at the Apollo Victoria, Ashleigh Gray has also appeared on stage in Taboo, Grease and the Notes From New York concert series.

Further casting has yet to be announced.

Previously Posted: This summer, Betwixt! transfers to the West End’s Trafalgar Studio 2, where it runs for a limited season – from July 26 to August 20, 2011.

A musical comedy written and directed by Ian McFarlane, Betwixt! is set in modern day New York, where writer Bailey – suffering writer’s block – and flamboyant roommate Cooper Fitzgerald are catapulted headfirst into a strange enchanted world.

Their arrival fulfils a prophecy that tells of a brave hero and a great queen, and they are tasked with finding a fading daytime TV star who is the only hope for saving a pregnant princess from losing the throne…

According to the press release, sex-crazed nymphs, hunchbacks, cross-dressing mutes, dancing reporters, enchantresses (of the evil-world-dominating variety) and a disembodied head with a Bavarian accent are teamed with sitcom-styled dialogue and a toe-tapping score. You have been warned…

Betwixt! premiered at The Kings Head Theatre in 2008, and was subsequently produced in concert at the West End’s Ambassadors Theatre.

Ian McFarlane‘s other directing credits include the UK premiere of Zombie Prom (Landor Theatre), Nine (Albany Theatre), regional productions of Cabaret, The Wizard of Oz and Kiss Me Kate and workshop productions of Drat! The Cat! and Enchanted.

Betwixt! is choreographed by Grace Harrington, whose credits include Lucky Stiff (Bridewell Theatre); Nine (Albany Theatre); Wake, a devised site specific dance piece (Raine House, London); and Best Friends and Butterflies, which she also directed (Hextable Theatre).

Betwixt! is produced by Christopher D Clegg, whose previous productions include Shoshana Bean in Concert (Ambassadors Theatre), Wolfboy (Trafalgar Studio 2) and Zombie Prom (Landor Theatre). He is also the Creative Director of M. the musical theatre magazine.

Casting for the West End production of Betwixt! has yet to be announced.

Tickets: £25, £20 concessions – available from the box office on 0844 871 7632 or at www.ambassadortickets.com/. For group bookings call 0844 871 7644 or 0870 534 4444.

Times: Monday to Saturday at 7.45pm, Thursday and Saturday matinees at 3pm.

NB: Betwixt! is launching a massive online campaign at betwixtmusical.com where fans can be directly involved in the production through social media, live performances, ticket treasure hunts, lotteries, tweet Q&A’s, interactive video blogs and much more.