Full Company Announced For ME AND MY GIRL At Chichester Festival Theatre
Joining the previously announced Matt Lucas as Bill Snibson, Caroline Quentin as the Duchess of Dene, Clive Rowe as Sir John Tremayne and Alex Young as Sally are: Lydia Bannister, Ronan Burns, Jennie Dale, Jacqui Dubois, Davide Fienauri, Lauren Hall, Siubhan Harrison (as Lady Jacqueline Carstone), Matt Harrop, Victoria Hinde, Melissa Lowe, Dominic Marsh (as The Hon Gerald Bolingbroke), Natasha Mould, Ryan Pidgen, Pippa Raine, Emile Ruddock, Charlotte Scott, Jak Skelly, Monica Swayne, Oliver Tester and Toyan Thomas-Browne.
This uproarious, much-loved musical comedy includes the enormously popular numbers The Sun Has Got His Hat On, Lambeth Walk and of course Me and My Girl. The revised version by Stephen Fry and Mike Ockrent, also featuring Leaning on a Lamppost, won the 1985 Laurence Olivier Award for Best Musical.
At Hareford Hall in Hampshire, suspense is in the air. The family solicitor has found the long-lost heir to the Hareford title and riches. But, to everyone's horror, he's a Cockney barrow boy called Bill Snibson.
As the Duchess determinedly sets out to transform him into a true gentleman, Bill's sweetheart Sally wonders how she fits in to his new life. Before too long, Bill has to answer some soul-searching questions about who he really is.
Matt Lucas plays Bill Snibson. Known to a television audience of millions for the smash hit TV series Little Britain, his theatre work includes the role of Thenardier in Les Misérables in the West End. His recent screen credits include Doctor Who, Alice in Wonderland, Paddington and Bridesmaids. Little Me: My Autobiography by Matt Lucas is published by Canongate in paperback on 7 June.
Caroline Quentin plays the Duchess of Dene. One of television's most popular actors from series such as Men Behaving Badly, Jonathan Creek and Dickensian, her recent stage work includes The Hypocrite (RSC) and Relatives Values (West End).
Clive Rowe plays Sir John Tremayne; his extensive theatre work includes Kiss Me Kate (Chichester), Carousel, Guys and Dolls (Olivier Award), Candide, Caroline, Or Change and The Light Princess (National Theatre), Blues in the Night (Hackney Empire) and Chicago (West End).
Musical supervision, direction and arrangements will be by Gareth Valentine, with orchestrations by Doug Besterman and Mark Cumberland, lighting by Tim Mitchell, sound by Carolyn Downing and video by Andrzej Goulding.
There will be a Relaxed performance of Me and My Girl on 25 July at 2.30pm, especially suitable for individuals, groups and families with children on the autistic spectrum, sensory and communication disorders or anyone who would benefit from a more relaxed theatre environment.
Me and My Girl is sponsored by Covers Timber & Builders Merchants, Henry Adams, Reynolds Fine Furniture and Seaward Properties.