Casting for the new 101 Dalmatians musical at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre has been announced.
Originally due to run in 2020 the show was previously postponed until May 2021 before being cancelled again due to the pandemic.
Third time lucky, the production will finally go ahead this summer from 12 July to 28 August with tickets on sale here.
101 Dalmatians musical cast
The cast will star Tony and Olivier Award nominated Kate Fleetwood (Macbeth, London Road) in the iconic role of Cruella de Vil.
With puppet direction and design by Toby Olié, Dalmatians Pongo and Perdi are puppeteered by Danny Collins (Pongo Voice), Emma Lucia (Perdi Voice), Yana Penrose (Perdi Head) and Ben Thompson (Pongo Head).
The complete cast is made up of Jamil Abbasi (Ensemble), Stuart Angell (Captain Head), George Bukhari (Jasper), Sonya Cullingford (Ensemble), Jade Davies (Swing), Karen Fishwick (Danielle), Joseph Fletcher (Ensemble), Taofique Folarin (Swing), Courtney George (Ensemble), Tash Holway (Swing and Dance Captain), CJ Johnson (Ensemble), Kody Mortimer (Ensemble), Simon Oskarsson (Swing), Tom Peters (Captain Voice), Eric Stroud (Dominic), Jonny Weldon (Casper) and Grace Wylde (Madam Doué).
Director Timothy Sheader said: “We are incredibly excited to finally bring 101 Dalmatians to our stage after postponing the production twice due to the pandemic. I think audiences are going to love reconnecting with this favourite story outside in Regent’s Park; the original home of Pongo and Perdi.
“The brand new script and music are both packed with fun and joy and I am delighted that Kate Fleetwood’s filming schedule for The Wheel of Time allows us the opportunity to work with her on creating that all time baddie, Cruella de Vil.”
The new musical adaption of Dodie Smith’s novel features a book by Johnny McKnight and music and lyrics by Douglas Hodge based on a stage adaptation by Zinnie Harris. The production is directed by Timothy Sheader, with puppetry designed and directed by Toby Olié.
Further creatives include set design from Colin Richmond, costume design from Katrina Lindsay, choreography from Liam Steel, music supervision and orchestrations from Sarah Travis, lighting from Howard Hudson, musical direction from Tarek Merchant, assistant choreographer Tash Holway, sound design from Nick Lidster for Autograph and costume design by Katrina Lindsay. The casting director is Jill Green CDG with Verity Naughton & Nick Hockaday for Verity Naughton Casting as children’s casting director.
The team is completed by Shanaé Chisholm (casting assistant), Josie Daxter (associate director), Barbara Houseman (voice and text & season associate director), Maia Kirkman-Richards (assistant puppet director) and Ingrid Mackinnon (season associate: intimacy support),