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Eugenius! - first images released of Rob Houchen and the cast in rehearsal

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

IMAGES have been released of Rob Houchen (as Eugene) and his co-stars in rehearsal for Eugenius! To view them, click here.

Previously Posted: By popular demand, the British musical Eugenius! is returning to The Other Palace Theatre for a 6-week season – from Saturday, September 1 to Sunday, October 7, 2018.

Returning to the cast are Laura Baldwin (Big Fish The Musical) as Eugene’s love interest Janey, Daniel Buckley (Book Of Mormon, Loserville) as Feris, Scott Paige (The Addams Family, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang) as Theo and Alison Arnopp (the title role in Dusty) as Space Diva/Mrs Truthstretcher.

Joining them are:

Rob Houchen in the lead role of Eugene. His West End starring roles include Marius in Les Miserables and Gibran in Broken Wings. He also played Fleet in Titanic at Charing Cross Theatre.

Neil McDermott (Evil Lord Hector) is best known as Ryan Malloy in EastEnders, which saw him nominated Most Popular Newcomer at the National Television Awards. His previous West End bad boy roles include Chief Weasel in The Wind in the Willows and Lord Farquaad in Shrek the Musical. He also played Bill Sykes in Oliver! at Grange Park Opera.

Emily Tierney (Carrie/Super Hot Lady) has played Glinda in both Wicked and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s production of The Wizard of Oz at the London Palladium. She also starred as Molly Jensen in Ghost.

Alex Bourne (Lex) has just played Daddy Warbucks in the West End production of Annie. He was Khashoggi in We Will Rock You at the Dominion Theatre and starred as Daryl in The Witches of Eastwick at the Watermill Theatre.

Simon Thomas (Gerhard/Tough Man) has starred in the West End as Raoul in The Phantom of the Opera and Warner Huntingdon III in Legally Blonde The Musical. He was Black in The Wild Party at The Other Palace.

The rest of the cast are: Christopher Ragland (Road Show, Forbidden Broadway, Little Shop of Horrors, Menier Chocolate Factory) as Eugene’s Dad/Lord Tough Man, Tom Senior (Kenickie, Grease, Jesus, Godspell, UK tours) as Stock Jock/Flock of Eagles Singer, Titus Rowe, Laurence Cancannon, Alex Tranter, Ben Darcy, Dilllon Scott-Lewis, Lauren Cancannon, Amy West and Sasha Wareham, with the voice of Brian Blessed as Space Lord.

Producer Warwick Davis, the legendary Star Wars and Harry Potter actor, said: “We are so thrilled to finally reveal our new cast – we have some of the most exciting young stars who have already played some of the biggest roles in the most successful West End musical hits. They are going to help take our show into another dimension! At the beginning of the year, Eugenius! had a buzz-filled, triumphant 6-week premiere at The Other Palace.

“Since then we’ve been busy tweaking, tickling, tightening and super-charging the show. So if you missed Eugenius! last time this is your chance to finally see what the buzz is all about. And if you were one of the wonderful, crazy fans who saw it many times, we look forward to welcoming you back again – especially as we have added a new song to the 80s-inspired soundtrack that had audiences on their feet at every performance punching the air and shouting in unison, ‘Go Eugenius!’.”

With book, music and lyrics by Ben Adams and Chris Wilkins, Eugenius! is the story of Eugene, a teenage boy whose nightly dreams of a distant world of heroes and villains could be the ticket to him creating his very own comic book movie in Hollywood. Joined on his amazing adventures by best friends Janey and Feris, our comic writing genius finds the superhero within, saves the world from earthbound villains – and those from distant galaxies – and along the way, falls in love!

Directed by Ian Talbot, with Assistant Director Anthony Houghton, Eugenius! has musical supervision by Stuart Morley, musical direction by Darren Lord, choreography by Aaron Renfree, lighting design by Andrew Ellis, original sound design by Gareth Owen, sound design by Dan Samson with Associate Sound Designer David Beckham, and set and costume design by Hannah Wolfe.

Superfan Sunday performances will include Live host, giveaways and prizes, plus Q&As with the cast and creative team.

For more information or to book tickets, call the box office on 020 7087 7900 or visit or

Also at The Other Palace: Heathers – The Musical (until August 4) and the National Youth Music Theatre’s 2018 Season (August 9 to August 25, 2018).