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The Grand Tour - casting announced

Alastair Brookshaw

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ALASTAIR Brookshaw, Nic Kyle and Zoë Doano head the cast for the European première of Jerry Herman’s 1979 Broadway musical, The Grand Tour, which runs at the Finborough Theatre from Thursday, January 1 to Saturday, February 21, 2015.

Part of the Finborough’s 20 Premières Season, The Grand Tour is produced by Danielle Tarento and directed by Thom Southerland.

France, 1940. Jacobowsky, a Polish Jewish intellectual, has been one step ahead of the Nazis for years. Stjerbinsky, an aristocrat, anti semitic Polish colonel is desperately trying to get to England.

Jacobowsky has purchased a car he doesn’t know how to drive. The Colonel knows how to drive, but has no car. When the two meet at a Paris hotel, they agree to join forces in order to escape the approaching Nazis. Together with the Colonel’s girlfriend, Marianne, they begin their perilous journey on the road to freedom.

Featuring one of Jerry Herman’s most engrossing and heartfelt scores, The Grand Tour finds beauty, light and humour in one of history’s darkest hours.

Alastair Brookshaw (Jacobowsky) received rave reviews for his starring role as Leo Frank in Thom Southerland’s critically acclaimed production of Parade at Southwark Playhouse. His West End credits include Cabaret and Blood Brothers, in which he understudied the role of Eddie.

Brookshaw was also in Craig Revel Horwood’s revival of Hot Mikado at the Watermill Theatre, and was a vocalist in the dance musical Shoes at Sadler’s Wells. He recently premièred the one-man Oscar Wilde musical, De Profundis, winner of Leicester Square Theatre’s The New Musical Project.

Nic Kyle (The Colonel) hails from New Zealand, where he starred as Chris in the NZ premiere of Miss Saigon. His other musical credits include Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar, Anthony in Sweeney Todd, Emcee in Cabaret and Assassins.

Zoë Doano

Zoë Doano (Marianne) has appeared in the musicals Sweet Smell of Success (Arcola Theatre), High Society (UK tour) and Les Miserables (West End).

Completing the cast of The Grand Tour are Michael Cotton (Parade, Victor/Victoria, The Tailor Made Man, Martin Guerre, My Fair Lady, Oliver!), Laurel Dougall, Elizabeth Graham (Alvaro’s Balcony, Candide, Salad Days, Cabaret), Natasha Karp, Vincent Pirillo (Sweeney Todd, Chichester, The Phantom of the Opera, The Woman in White, Ragtime, Fiddler on the Roof), Blair Robertson, Samuel J Weir (Dogfight, Monkee Business, Parade, Spring Awakening) and Lizzie Wofford.

The Grand Tour has choreography by Cressida Carré, musical direction by Joanna Cichonska, set design by Philip Lindley, costume design by Sophia Simensky and sound design by Max Pappenheim.

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