Robert Lindsay, Rufus Hound and Katherine Kingsley to Star in Jerry Mitchell-Helmed DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS, March 2014 in the West End
The Daily Mail reports that Robert Lindsay will join Rufus Hound and Katherine Kingsley in DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS, directed by Tony winner Jerry Mitchell at the Savoy Theatre. The show begins in the West End on March 10 after runs at the Manchester Opera House (beginning February 12) and the Waterside Theatre in Aylesbury (beginning February 26).
"I saw Robert in Me and My Girl in London and he's very much at home on the musical stage," Mitchell told the Mail. "I've always thought that if Dirty Rotten Scoundrels came to London, Robert would be on my list, because he can act, sing and dance. He's a hoofer at heart."
The upcoming West End production will also feature a re-choreographed opening with designs from Peter McKintosh. "It's completely different from what we did on Broadway," Mitchell added.
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Lindsay will play Lawrence Jameson and Hound will play Freddy Benson, Jameson's sidekick. Kingsley is set to star as Christine Colgate.
DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS is adapted from the 1988 film starring Michael Caine and Steve Martin as con men in the French Riveria. The musical features music and lyrics by David Yazbek and a book by Jeffrey Lane. The original Broadway production opened in 2005 and starred John Lithgow, Norbert Leo Butz and Sherie Rene Scott.
Mitchell won the 2013 Tony Award for his work as choreographer for Broadway's new musical Kinky Boots. He also won the 2005 Tony for choreographing La Cage aux Folles and has been nominated for his work on Broadway's Legally Blonde, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Never Gonna Dance, Hairspray and The Full Monty. He was also part of the creative team for Broadway's Catch Me If You Can, Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, Gypsy, Imaginary Friends, The Rocky Horror Show, You're a Good Man Charlie Brown, Grease and more.
Lindsay launched his career starring in the ITV comedy series Get Some In! and BBC's sitcom Citizen Smith. He starred in the 1984 London revival of Me and My Girl, for which he won the Olivier Award and eventually a Tony, after the show transferred to Broadway. He won a BAFTA for his performance in the dark comedy series G.B.H. He starred in 1996's Becket, which earned him his second Olivier Award. Cameron Mackintosh's 1997 London revival of Oliver! gave Lindsay his third Olivier. Lindsay has recently appeared on TV in BBC's My Family, ITV's Jericho, Sky 1's Spy and more. In 2010, the actor starred in Onassis before its West End transfer. Nunn directed Lindsay in 2011's The Lion in Winter at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket.
Hound starred as Francis Henshall in the National Theatre's 2nd national tour of One Man, Two Guvnors and took over the role int he West End last February. Hound is also a comedian and presenter known for his work with Destination Three, Grime Scene Investigation, Mythbusters, as a celebrity panelist on Argumental, Celebrity Juice and more. He played himself on the CBBC TV series Hounded.
Kingsley is currently starring in Michael Grandage's A Midsummer Night's Dream and has also appeared onstage in Piaf, which earned her an Olivier nomination in 2009, Aspects of Love and Singin' in the Rain (her second Olivier nomination).
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