Casting has been confirmed for a brand new musical based on the songs of Sir Tom Jones.
What’s New Pussycat? is inspired by 18th century novel, A History of Tom Jones, a Foundling, written by Henry Fielding.
It will hold its world premiere at Birmingham Rep on 8 October running to 14 November.
The cast will feature Dominic Andersen as Tom Jones, Bronté Barbé as Mary Western, Ashley Campbell as Mr Partridge, Julius D’Silva as Lord Allworthy, Rebekah Hinds as The Girl in the Polka Dot Dress, Harry Kershaw as William Blifil, Kelly Price as Lady Bellaston and Melanie Walters as Mrs Western.
Completing the company are Tom Francis, Naomi Katiyo, Lemuel Knights, David Mairs-McKenzie, Lisa Mathieson, Fallon Mondlane, Jena Pandya, Nathan Rigg, Owen Saward and Carrie Willis.
Joe DiPietro will adapt the book for the new musical production with the show set in the swinging 60s.
Luke Sheppard directs with choreography from Arlene Phillips, set design by Jon Bausor, costume design by Janet Bird, musical supervision and orchestrations by Matthew Brind, video design by Akhila Krishnan , lighting design by Howard Hudson and sound design by Gareth Owen.
The casting director is Annelie Powell CDG, Dale White is associate choreographer, Priya Patel Appleby is assistant director and Josh Sood is the musical director.
Director Luke Sheppard said: “Sometimes you work on a show and you know it could be really special, and our first staged reading of this piece left me flying high.
“It’s down to the amazing synergy between a fiercely witty script that takes this classic novel and casts it in a fresh and vibrant new light in the swinging 60s, and an incredible catalogue of music that has such range it can break your heart one moment and have you on the dance floor the next. ”
You can get tickets and more information online here.