Casting announced for Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World musical

Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World

Casting has been confirmed for new musical Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World.

The show will hold its world premiere on 6 November 2021 at MAST Mayflower Studios, Southampton.


Original queens of SIX Christina Modestou (Carousel, The Winter’s Tale SIX) and Renée Lamb (Ain’t Misbehavin’, Little Shop of Horrors, SIX) lead the cast of the new kickass-pirational pop musical.

They will be joined by Olivier Award nominated Frances Mayli McCann (Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Heathers), Jade Kennedy (Les Misérables, Billy Elliot) and Shakira Simpson (Hairspray).

Fantastically Great Women Who Changed The World will be told through the eyes of inquisitive heroine Jade, played by Fayth Ifil, Kayleen Nguema, Éva-Marie Saffrey and Nielle Springer in rotation.

As she breaks away from her class to take a peek behind the scenes at the not yet open Gallery of Greatness in her local museum, she is surprised to meet the original and incredible wonder women: Frida Kahlo, Rosa Parks, Amelia Earhart, Marie Curie and Emmeline Pankhurst to name just a few.

From the producer of SIX, in a co-production with MAST Mayflower Studios, this stage adaptation of suffragette descendent Kate Pankhurst’s award-winning picture book is written by celebrated dramatist Chris Bush (Nine Lessons and Carols, Almeida Theatre) and Number 1 hit songwriter Miranda Cooper (Girls Aloud, Sugababes), with music and orchestrations by the Grammy, Brit and Mercury prize nominated Jennifer Decilveo (Demi Lovato, Miley Cyrus).

The incredible all-female creative team bringing this empowering new stage show to life is completed by Amy Hodge as director (Mr Gum and The Dancing Bear – The Musical!, National Theatre), Joanna Scotcher as designer (Emilia, Shakespeare’s Globe/Vaudeville Theatre), Dannielle Lecointe as choreographer (Dick Whittington, National Theatre), Zoe Spurr as lighting designer (Emilia, Shakespeare’s Globe/Vaudeville Theatre) and Carolyn Downing as sound designer (Summer & Smoke, Almeida/Duke of York’s Theatre).

Producer Kenny Wax said: “What a thrill to have assembled our own team of Fantastically Great Women to retell these empowering stories of success in the face of adversity.”

Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World plays 6 to 20 November at MAST Mayflower Studios, Southampton with tickets on sale here.

The show will then play Norwich Playhouse (23 November – 7 December) and Liverpool Playhouse (8 December – 2 January) with tickets on sale from May.

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