James Gillan and Paul Spicer to Headline THE 8TH FOLD World Premiere Concert at the Duchess, Nov 10
The brand new British born musical The 8th Fold will receive its world premiere in a specially conceived concert staging headlined by West End stars James Gillan (Wicked, Taboo) and Paul Spicer (Avenue Q, The Last 5 Years) at the Duchess Theatre on Sunday 10th November.
Poignantly timed to take place on Remembrance Sunday, The 8th Fold is a musical about loss, learning, and new beginnings. Set in the recent past, and rooted in the American War on Terror, it tells the story of four boys ravaged by grief and the steps they take towards a brave new start. Over the course of a single year, it celebrates friendship, remembrance, and hope for the future.
The principal cast - with further stars to be announced - are supported by an ensemble of the best emerging talent and newcomers, comprising Sharif Afifi (RENT, Greenwich Theatre), Alex Beaumont, Will Bradnam (RENT, Cockpit Theatre), Dario Cacioppo, Nathan Lodge (Back to the Musicals, Scott Alan & Friends) and Matthew Maguire, all of whom are captured in this atmospheric silhouette shot by West End photographer, Darren Bell.
The 8th Fold has music and lyrics by Gianni Onori, and book by Ava Eldred and Gianni Onori. It is produced by Neil Eckersley & Ava Eldred for Speckulation Entertainment, with direction by Jennifer Farrell and Raymond Tait and musical direction by Angharad Sanders.
THE 8TH FOLD will play New Derwent House. Tickets: £8.00 - £25.00 / Premium Seats: £35.00. Box Office: 0844 412 4659 (24 hrs) www.the8thfold.co.uk.
James Gillan @JamesGillan8 - James Gillan was born in Glasgow and trained at ArtsEd in London. Theatre credits include: Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors (Aberystwyth Arts Centre); Boq in Wicked (Apollo Victoria); Peter Pan (West Yorkshire Playhouse & Royal Festival Hall); Pippin (Bridewell); James and the Giant Peach (UK Tour); Starlight Express (Apollo Victoria & UK Tour); Taboo (UK Tour); Tommy (Shaftesbury Theatre); Antony & Cleopatra and Julius Caeser (Shakespeare's Globe); Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat (UK Tour); and Godspell (Chichester Festival Theatre). TV Credits include: Doctors; 'Orrible; and Seven Wonders of the Industrial World (all BBC). James has also released a self-titled solo album.
Paul Spicer @MrPaulSpicer - Paul Spicer was born in Southend and trained at ArtsEd in London. Theatre credits include: Princeton / Rod in the final cast of Cameron Mackintosh's London production of Avenue Q (Gielgud & Wyndhams); Jamie in The Last 5 Years (Duchess & Theatre Royal Haymarket); Toby in Sweeney Todd (Gothenburg Opera); Saturday Night Fever (UK Tour); Taboo (UK Tour & The Venue); Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (UK Tour); Sleeping Beauty (Nottingham Playhouse); Fame (UK Tour); and The Witches of Eastwick (Prince of Wales). Radio includes: Friday Night is Music Night (BBC Radio 2). In addition to his performing credits, Paul is Executive Producer for Stage Acts Entertainment and Creative Producer to up and coming British singer / songwriter Portia Emare.
Sharif Afifi @SharifAfifi - Sharif trained at the Hammond School of Dance, graduating in 2011. Theatre credits include: Prince Charming in Cinderella (Broadway Theatre, Barking); RENT (Greenwich Theatre); and understudy Amos Hart in Chicago (Royal Carribbean). Workshops include: Kane in The 8th Fold (London Bubble).
Alex Beaumont @_AlexBeaumont - Alex trained at the Arden School of Theatre, graduating in 2010. Theatre credits include: Ben Travers in Being Ivor; Tin Man in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz; Clinton Blake in Mile High The Musical; ensemble in One Touch of Venus; and Prince Valentine in Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. Workshops include: Russ in The 8th Fold (London Bubble). @Willym1891
Will Bradnam - Will trained at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, graduating in 2012. Theatre credits include: Mark in RENT (Cockpit Theatre); March Hare in Alice in Wonderland (Garrick Theatre, Lichfield); and Leo in Mile High The Musical (Lost Theatre). Workshops include: Memory / Swing in The 8th Fold (London Bubble).