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The Pajama Game - full casting announced

Casting news

FULL casting has been announced for Richard Eyre’s production of the Broadway classic The Pajama Game, which runs at the Shaftesbury Theatre from from May 13 (previews from May 2) to September 13, 2014.

Joining previously announced Joanna Riding (as Babe Williams) and Michael Xavier (handsome superintendent, Sid Sorokin) are Peter Polycarpou (Vernon Hines, the factory timekeeper, until May 31), Gary Wilmot (Vernon Hines from June 2) and Colin Stinton (Hasler, head of the pajama factory).

Completing the cast are Alexis Owen Hobbs (Gladys), Claire Machin (Mabel), Eugene McCoy (Prez), Siôn Lloyd (Max), Jennie Dale (Mae), Sharon Wattis (Poopsie), Keisha Amponsa Banson (Brenda), Lauren Varnham (Charlene), Jo Morris (Rita), Nolan Frederick (Charley), Richard Jones (Frank), Dan Burton (Earl) and James O’Connell (Joe).

Peter Polycarpou has had a hugely varied career spanning over 30 years in theatre, film, television and radio. His recent theatre work includes Inspector Messiter in The Magistrate (National Theatre), Beadle Bamford in Sweeney Todd (West End and Chichester Festival Theatre) and Love Story (Duchess Theatre and Chichester Festival Theatre).

He has also performed in many renowned musicals in the West End including playing the title role in The Phantom of the Opera, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Oklahoma! and Cats as well as creating the roles of Thenardier in the original cast of Les Misérables and John in Miss Saigon.

Although he is best known for playing Chris in the popular sit-com Birds of a Feather, his many other screen credits include EastEnders, Casualty, Hustle, Sunburn and most recently Threesome TV); Evita, alongside Madonna, Oklahoma!, I Could Never Be Your Woman and De-Lovely (film).

Gary Wilmot made his West End musical debut playing Bill Snibson in Me and My Girl and has since performed in Copacabana, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Goodbye Girl. He has also played the iconic roles of Fagin in Oliver! and Billy Flynn in Chicago. His most recent theatre credits include Radio Times (The Watermill and National Tour) and The Invisible Man (Menier Chocolate Factory).

Wilmot has made innumerable guest appearances on television as well as hosting his own television series Cue Gary and Showstoppers for the BBC. His solo albums include Love Situation and The Album recorded at the historic Abbey Road Studio with the London Symphony Orchestra.

Colin Stinton has most recently been on stage in The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui (Chichester Festival Theatre and Duchess Theatre). His other theatre credits include The Price (Octagon Theatre and on tour), The Promise (The Orange Tree), Rain Man (West End) and Uncle Vanya (Wilton’s Music Hall). He has also performed in numerous National Theatre productions including Mother Courage and Her Children, Death Of A Salesman, Guys and Dolls and Speed-The-Plow as well as extensively in New York.

His screen credits include Foyleʼs War, Dr Who, Trail of Tony Blair, Spooks and My Family (TV); Rush, Captain America – The First Avenger, The Bourne Ultimatum and Closer (film).

Described as a buoyantly blissful blend of romance and comedy, The Pajama Game finds romance blossoming at the Sleep-Tite Pajama Factory as handsome new Superintendent Sid Sorokin falls head-over-heels for feisty Union rep, Babe Williams. But when the employees are refused a seven-and-a-half cents an hour raise, the pair find themselves riotously at odds.

The Pajama Game transfers to the Shaftesbury Theatre following a critically acclaimed, sold out run at the Chichester Festival Theatre.

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