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Joseph - Ian ‘H’ Watkins stars in touring production

Theatre preview

FRESH from the hit television series STEPS: On the Road Again and a subsequent 20 date sold out Arena Tour, Ian ‘H’ Watkins is reprising the role of Joseph in the touring production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, which visits New Wimbledon Theatre from October 29 to November 2, 2013.

It’s a role that Watkins first played in London’s West End in 2005.

Having already achieved a relatively successful career in the performing arts, Watkins became a member of the pop band STEPS, which went on to become one of the biggest selling acts of the nineties, releasing eight albums and selling 20 million records worldwide.

With 22 singles to their name, the band holds some impressive credentials – the only British band to have had more top ten hits are The Beatles, and it currently holds the record not only for the UK’s biggest arena tour but also for pop’s highest Wembley Box Office figures.

Post STEPS, Watkins joined forces with fellow band mate Claire to release three top ten singles and the album Another You, Another Me, the title track of which was written for them by Benny and Bjorn from Abba. At this point, they also took over presenting the award-winning Saturday morning children’s show SM:TV.

As well as Joseph, Watkins has appeared on stage in the iconic role of The Childcatcher in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang; Nick Piazza in Fame; Dave in Before Bristol; Michael in Erongenous Zones; Jeffery in Family Planning; Rupert in One O’Clock From The House; and Duncan in Rhinestone Mondays.

Bill Kenwright’s production of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat continues to enjoy huge success across the country, with standing ovations at every performance, and is in the Guinness Book of Records as the longest running touring musical of all time.

This colourful retelling of the biblical story about Joseph, his eleven brothers and the coat of many colours appeals to young and old alike. The score includes hits such as Jacob and Sons, Close Every Door and Any Dream Will Do.

Joseph is designed by Sean Cavanagh, with choreography by Henry Metcalfe, lighting by Mark Howlett and sound by Ben Harrison.

The tour will also visit Bristol, Stockport, Oxford, Leeds, Newcastle, Southsea, Cardiff, Bournemouth, Glasgow, Swansea, Canterbury, Brighton, Blackpool, Hull, Dartford, Belfast, Torquay, Sheffield and Bradford.

NB: Watkins will not be appearing as Joseph at Hull, Sheffield and Bradford.