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Bonnie Langford to play Dorothy Brock in 42nd Street

Bonnie Langford as Dorothy Brock. Photo credit: Matt Crockett.

Casting news

STAGE and screen star Bonnie Langford is to join the cast of 42nd Street as the production extends its residency at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane for a final time – to Saturday, January 5, 2019.

Langford will join the show as Dorothy Brock on Monday, September 3, straight from her headline-making role as Carmel Kazemi in BBC’s EastEnders.

Langford made her theatre debut in the West End at the age of seven in Gone with the Wind at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. The following year she played ‘Baby June’ in Gypsy opposite Angela Lansbury at the Piccadilly Theatre, making such an impact that the producers took her to America with the show for a highly successful run on Broadway. For this performance, at the age of ten, she was nominated for a Drama Desk Award.

Her West End credits include Cats (Original London Cast), The Gillian Lynne Theatre (formerly New London Theatre); The Pirates Of Penzance, Theatre Royal, Drury Lane/London Palladium; Peter Pan – The Musical, Aldwych Theatre; Me And My Girl, Adelphi Theatre; Sweet Charity, Victoria Palace Theatre; Spamalot, Harold Pinter Theatre/Playhouse Theatre; Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Savoy Theatre; and Roxie Hart in Chicago, Adelphi Theatre/Cambridge Theatre/Broadway.

Her screen work includes Lena Marelli in Bugsy Malone, Just William, The Lena and Bonnie Show, The Hot Shoe Show, Hotel Babylon, Marple, The Catherine Tate Show, and the 22nd assistant in Doctor Who. She has also been the subject of ITV’s This Is Your Life and in 2006, she learned to ice skate on Dancing on Ice, skating her way to the final and returning for the All Stars season in 2014.

Read more about Bonnie Langford at www.bonnielangford.co.uk/.

With a book by Michael Stewart and Mark Bramble, music by Harry Warren and lyrics by Al Dubin, 42nd Street is an adaptation of the 1932 novel and the 1933 film, which starred Warner Baxter, Bebe Daniels and George Brent.

Bonnie Langford as Dorothy Brock (c) Matt Crockett.

The show includes an all-singing, high-kicking cast of over 50 and some of the greatest songs ever written, such as We’re In The Money, Lullaby of Broadway, Shuffle Off To Buffalo, Dames, I Only Have Eyes For You and of course, 42nd Street.

Bonnie Langford will star alongside Tom Lister who plays the role of Julian Marsh, Clare Halse, who plays Peggy Sawyer and Ashley Day as Billy Lawlor.

The cast also includes Jasna Ivir as Maggie Jones, Graeme Henderson as Andy Lee, Christopher Howell as Bert Barry, Bruce Montague as Abner Dillon, Mark McKerracher as Mac/Doc/Thug, Emma Caffrey as Anytime Annie and Matthew Goodgame as Pat Denning.

The production is directed by the show’s co-author Mark Bramble, whose other hit shows include Barnum, Treasure Island, The Three Musketeers and The Grand Tour. He has also previously directed many award-winning productions of 42nd Street on Broadway and around the world.

Images: Bonnie Langford as Dorothy Brock. Photo credit: Matt Crockett.

Tickets: From £15 – available by calling 0844 995 5500 or visiting 42ndstreetmusical.co.uk/.

Times: Monday – Saturday at 7:30pm; Wednesday and Saturday matinees at 2:30pm.