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Urinetown - Russell, Slinger and Elliott reprise roles

Casting news

JENNA Russell, Jonathan Slinger and Marc Elliott will reprise their acclaimed roles, Penelope Pennywise, Officer Lockstock and Mr. McQueen respectively, in the West End transfer of Jamie Lloyd’s production of Urinetown The Musical, which runs at the Apollo Theatre from September 29, 2014 to January 24, 2015.

Also confirmed from the show’s original run at St James Theatre are: Chris Bennett (Swing), Katie Bernstein (Little Becky Two Shoes/Mrs. Millennium), Cory English (Old Man Strong/Hot Blades Harry), Madeleine Harland (Soupy Sue), Rosanna Hyland (Hope Cladwell), Karis Jack (Little Sally), Julie Jupp (Old Woman/ Josephine Strong), Aaron Lee Lambert (Billy Boy Bill/UGC Executive), Mark Meadows (Senator Fipp), Joel Montague (Swing) and Jeff Nicholson (Tiny Tom/Dr. Billeaux).

Further casting will be announced shortly, including the roles of Caldwell B. Cladwell and Bobby Strong.

Olivier award-winning Jenna Russell’s stage credits include Merrily We Roll Along (Menier Chocolate Factory/Harold Pinter Theatre), Soho Cinders (Soho Theatre), Season’s Greetings (National Theatre), Into The Woods, The Card and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Open Air Theatre, Regent’s Park), Amy’s View (Theatre Royal, Bath), Sunday In The Park With George (Menier Chocolate Factory/Wyndham’s Theatre), Guys And Dolls and Into The Woods (Donmar Warehouse), High Society (the Crucible), As You Like It, Anthony And Cleopatra, The Winters Tale, Misha’s Party, The Beggars Opera and Wildest Dreams (RSC), The Three Sisters (Royal Court), Martin Guerre (Prince Edward Theatre), Follies (Shaftesbury Theatre), Just So (Tricycle Theatre) and Les Miserables (Palace Theatre).

Russell’s screen credits include The Ladies Paradise, Holby City, Minder, Born And Bred, Men Only, Peak Practice, Picking Up The Pieces, On The Up, Home To Roost, Missing Persons, Purple People Eater, Better Class Of Person, The Bill, Saracen, Sister Catherine, The Party, Your Place Or Mine, Coming Out, The Fear, P’tang Yang Kipperbang and Sacred Hearts.

Jonathan Slinger’s extensive work for the RSC includes Hamlet, All’s Well That Ends Well, The Tempest, The Comedy Of Errors, Twelfth Night, The Homecoming, Richard II, Richard III, Henry VI, Part One, Henry VI, Part Two, Henry VI, Part Three, Henry IV, Part One, Henry IV, Part Two, Henry V, The Comedy of Errors, The American Pilot, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Macbeth. His theatre credits elsewhere include Yes, Prime Minister (Chichester Festival Theatre), The Gods Weep (RSC/Hampstead Theatre), Uncle Vanya (Young Vic), Power, The Duchess Of Malfi and The Coast Of Utopia (National Theatre) and The Winter’s Tale and The Maid’s Tragedy (Shakespeare’s Globe).

On screen, Slinger has appeared in The Adventures of Daniel, Vexed, Paradox, The Bill, Krod Mandoon, Hunter, Hustle, A Touch of Frost, Ladies and Gentlemen, To The Ends Of The Earth, Rosemary & Thyme, Midsomer Murders, Foyle’s War, Murder in Suburbia, Cold Feet, Out Of Hours, Still, Harmony, A Knight’s Tale, Forgive & Forget and The Last September.

Although he is best known as EastEnders‘ Syed Masood, Marc Elliott has previously appeared on stage in Tape (Trafalgar Studios), Wild Turkey (Troy Café), The History Boys (National Theatre), Bells and Chaos (Birmingham Rep), The Maids (Lyric Hammersmith) and Lord of the Flies (Royal Shakespeare Company).

His other screen work includes Midsomer Murders, Holby City, The Invisibles, The Bill, MI High and Lewis.

Described as a sharp-witted rampant riot of a show, Urinetown tells the tale of a town fit to burst; where spending a penny can prove problematic when the privilege has become a punishable offence. There’s no such thing as rent free relief until young Bobby Strong appears – with more than a good set of pipes – and starts a revolution!

Read more about the West End transfer of Urinetown.