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Urinetown The Musical - Fleeshman, Russell and Slinger lead cast

Richard Fleeshman

Casting news

RICHARD Fleeshman (as Bobby Strong), Jenna Russell (Penelope Pennywise) and Jonathan Slinger (Officer Lockstock) will lead the cast of Urinetown The Musical, which runs at St James Theatre from March 11 (previews from February 22) to May 3, 2014.

They will be joined by Katie Bernstein (Little Becky Two Shoes/Mrs Millennium), Cory English (Old Man Strong/Hot Blades Harry), Madeleine Harland (Soupy Sue/Cladwell’s Secretary), Rosanna Hyland (Hope Cladwell), Julie Jupp (Old Woman/Josephine Strong), Mark Meadows (Senator Fipp), Joel Montague (Male Swing 1), Jo Napthine (Female Swing 2) and Matthew Seadon-Young (Robbie The Stockfish/UGC Executive 1).

The role of Caldwell B. Cladwell and further casting will be announced shortly.

Directed by Jamie Lloyd, with music and lyrics by Mark Hollmann and book and lyrics by Greg Kotis, Urinetown is a tale of greed, corruption, love and revolution set in a time when water is worth its weight in gold.

In a city of the future that has been inflicted with a terrible drought, business tycoon Caldwell B. Cladwell has made his fortune through bribery and the monopolisation of all public toilets. With a brutal police force maintaining law and order, it’s not a place to get caught short! Risk it and you will be sent off to a place no one returns from – the infamous Urinetown.

The city needs a revolution and every revolution needs a hero… however unlikely.

Richard Fleeshman’s theatre credits include Ghost The Musical (Piccadilly Theatre and Broadway), for which he won the Whatsonstage.com Award for Best Actor in a musical, and Legally Blonde (Savoy Theatre). Although he is best known on screen as Craig Harris in Coronation Street, his other screen credits include Moving On, Midsomer Murders, All The Small Things, Reading Bedtime Stories, Monday Monday, Blue Murder IV and An Angel For May. He also secured a major record deal with Universal Records upon leaving Coronation Street.

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 Top of Form, 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.

Read more about Urinetown The Musical.