Photo Flash: First Look at Stephen Ashfield and Ben Freeman in West End's LEGALLY BLONDE!
Stephen Ashfield (Emmett) and Ben Freeman (Warner) join Carley Stenson (Elle Woods), Natalie Casey (Paulette) and Peter Davison (Professor Callahan) in the Olivier Award winning show Legally Blonde The Musical, which is currently booking until 27 October 2012 at the Savoy Theatre.
College sweetheart and homecoming queen Elle Woods doesn't take no for an answer. So when her boyfriend Warner dumps her for someone serious, Elle puts down the credit card, hits the books, and heads for Harvard Law! Along the way, Elle proves that being true to yourself never goes out of style.
Legally Blonde The Musical opened at the Savoy Theatre in December 2009 and has been playing to packed audiences ever since. At the 2011 Laurence Olivier Awards Legally Blonde The Musical won the award for Best New Musical.
Stephen Ashfield's theatre credits include Bob Gaudio in the original London cast of Jersey Boys, Boy George in Taboo in the West End and on tour in the UK, Nick in Fame at the Aldwych Theatre, the Beast in Beauty and the Beast for Theatre Clwyd, Adam in Imagine This at the Theatre Royal, Plymouth and John in Tomorrow Morning at the New End Theatre. His screen credits include Tim Burton's film of Stephen Sondheim's Sweeney Todd.
Ben Freeman's theatre credits include Norman in Dreamboats and Petticoats at the Savoy Theatre and on tour in the UK, George in Same Time, Next Year at the Jersey Arts Centre, Friedrich in The Sound of Music on tour in the UK and the roles of the Prince and the Beast in Beauty and the Beast at the Hazlitt Theatre in Maidstone. His television credits include Scott Windsor in Emmerdale as well as roles in Grange Hill and Smith and Jones.
Carley Stenson made her West End debut in Legally Blonde The Musical in the role of Margot. She is best known on television as Steph Cunningham in C4's Hollyoaks, a role she played for over ten years. She won ITV's Celebrity Stars in Their Eyes when she performed as Faith Hill. Her regional theatre credits include Sandy in Grease, Dulcie in The Boyfriend and Nancy in Oliver.
Natalie Casey is best known on television for playing Donna in the BBC's Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps. On stage she has been seen in The Invisible Man at the Menier Chocolate Factory, Oklahoma for Chichester Festival Theatre, Well at the Apollo Theatre, Fame at the Shaftesbury Theatre and Hobson's Choice at the Watermill Theatre. Her other television credits include Dave Shakespeare, Missing, Hollyoaks, Head Jam, Girls Night In and Chopratown. On film she played Shirley Temple in Chicago Joe and the Showgirl.
Peter Davison became a household name when he played the fifth incarnation of the Doctor in Doctor Who between 1981 and 1984. His extensive television credits include Tristan Farnon in the long running BBC series All Creatures Great and Small and DC Davies in four series of ITV's acclaimed The Last Detective. His other TV credits include At Home with the Braithwaites, A Quick Guide to Parenting, A Very Peculiar Practice, Ain't Misbehaving and Fear Stress and Anger, for which he won the 2007 Best Actor Award at the Monte Carlo Television Festival. Most recently he has been seen in the ITV1 dramas Unforgiven and Midsomer Murders. On stage he played King Arthur in Monty Python's Spamalot at the Palace Theatre as well as roles in Chicago at the Adelphi Theatre, An Absolute Turkey at the Globe Theatre and Arsenic and Old Lace for Chichester Festival Theatre. On film his credits include Parting Shots, Black Beauty and Molly.
Directed and choreographed by Tony Award-winning Jerry Mitchell, Legally Blonde The Musical has music and lyrics by Laurence O'Keefe and Nell Benjamin, book by Heather Hach, set design by David Rockwell, costume design by Gregg Barnes, lighting design by Kenneth Posner and Paul Miller, sound design by ACME Sound Partners and orchestrations by Christopher Jahnke.
The cast of Legally Blonde The Musical as of 10 October 2011 is Jon Tsouras (Padamadan, Nikos), Georgie Ashford (Gabby, Stenographer), Lucy Miller (Serena), Nathan Pinnell (Carlos), Natalie Casey (Paulette Buonufonté), Peter Davison (Professor Callahan) Tricia Adele Turner (Vivienne Kensington), Chris Ellis-Stanton (Grandmaster Chad, Dewey, Kyle), Danielle Steers (Judge, Saleswoman), Abiona Omonua (Pilar), Ellie Kirk (Margot), Gemma Sutton (Enid), Sorelle Marsh (Courtney, Mom, Whitney), Stephen Ashfield (Emmett Forrest), Nick Hayes (Pforzheimer), Chloë Brooks (Kate, Chutney), Carley Stenson (Elle Woods), Lincoln Stone (Dad, Winthrop, Reporter), Ben Freeman (Warner Huntington III), Robbie Towns (Aaron), Gregory Sims (Kiki), Tamara Wall (Brooke Wyndham), Ross Hunter (Lowell) and Tara Young (Cece/District Attorney) as well as Fabian Aloise, Henry Davis, Jane McMurtie, Ruthie Stephenson and Carolyn Maitland as swings.
Legally Blonde The Musical is produced in the West End by Sonia Friedman Productions, Robert G. Bartner, Ambassador Theatre Group, Bud Martin, Adam Zotovich, Jamie Hendry Productions, Matthew Byam Shaw and Act Productions.
Legally Blonde plays the Savoy Theatre, Strand, London WC2R 0ET and is currently booking until 27 October 2012. Performances are Monday, Tuesday Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday at 7.30pm, Thursday and Saturday at 2.30pm
For tickets and more information, visit www.legallyblondethemusical.co.uk.
Photo Credit: Ellie Kurtz