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14.01.2020

Cast announced for The Glee Club

“Music was on the move, the swing, the shake, the sex of it was comin’ through the airwaves.”

Out of Joint, Cast, Doncaster and Kiln Theatre, London have announced the full cast for their national tour and London run of The Glee Club. Joining Bill Ward who plays Bant, will be Joshua Hayes (Breakneck Bronco – Soho Theatre, A Wondrous Place – Sheffield Theatres/Royal Exchange/Northern Spirit) as Walt Hemmings, Robert Jackson (She Ventures and He Wins – The Young Vic, Kiss Me Kate – The Watermill Theatre) as Scobie, Linford Johnson (The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe – Bridge Theatre, Much Ado About Nothing – Northern Broadsides) as Colin Shuttleworth, Kai Owen (Torchwood – BBC TV, The Full Monty – UK tour) as Jack Horsfall and Eamonn Riley (Martha, Josie and The Chinese Elvis – Stephen Joseph Theatre, Our Town – The Royal Exchange) as Phil Newsome.

This new production of Richard Cameron’s play is directed by Out Of Joint’s artistic director Kate Wasserberg.

ABOUT THE PLAY

In the summer of ’62, five hard-working, hard-drinking Doncaster miners, together with their church organist accompanist, are frantically preparing to wow the audience of a local gala concert with their sweet tones. This is The Glee Club, a group of unlikely singers, who though being established in the working men’s clubs, aren’t exactly known for being at the vanguard of a musical revolution. But both Britain and music are about to change … and so too are the lives of these six men, will anything ever be the same again?

Richard Cameron’s raucous comedy about friendship and divided loyalty in a rough and rugged world, features the romantic songs of the 1950’s performed live on stage. It was first staged at the Bush Theatre in 2002 before transferring to the West End and was revived seven years ago to open Cast, in Doncaster, the writer’s hometown. Kate Wasserberg’s new production begins at the same theatre on February 28.

BILL WARD

Bill Ward’s stage career includes Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, Viva Forever, Million Dollar Quartet and Spamalot in The West End, Shakespeare In Love at Bath Theatre Royal and on tour, Look Back in Anger at Northern Stage and The Lady From The Sea Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester. His television roles include Charlie Stubbs in Coronation Street and the Emmerdale regular James Barton.

KATE WASSERBERG

Kate says: “I am proud and excited to have assembled this incredible cast to tell this story of friendship and loyalty in a changing world. The cast brings a wealth of experience and authenticity to the project and we all share a love of Richard’s beautiful play. I look forward to joyous rehearsals and a fantastic show with classic songs from the 1950s, lots of laughter, and wonderful performances from these fine actors.”

Wed 27 May - Sat 30 May

THE GLEE CLUB