Tom Lister to Join Jodie Prenger in CALAMITY JANE National Tour

The Watermill Theatre Newbury, Jamie Wilson, Paul Elliott and Duncan C Weldon are delighted to announce full casting and further touring dates for the forthcoming new production of the musical "CALAMITY JANE", opening at The Watermill Theatre, Newbury on Thursday 17 July 2014 where it will play until Saturday 6 September 2014 prior to embarking on a national tour that opens at the Plymouth Theatre Royal on Thursday 16 September. Tour schedule attached. More dates to be announced.

Joining the previously announced Jodie Prenger in the title role of 'Calamity Jane' will be Tom Lister as 'Wild Bill Hickok, Alex Hammond as 'Danny' and Pheobe Street as Katie Briown.

Tom Lister most recently played 'Grimes and Eel' in the world premiere of "Water Babies" at Leicester Curve. He is probably best known to TV audiences for his role as 'Carl King' in ITV's "Emmerdale", a part he plated for nine years. His theatre credits also include 'Pan' in "Loves Mistress" at the Globe Theatre and 'Ralph' in "Accrington Pals" at the West Yorkshire Playhouse. Alex Hammond made his professional debut in the hugely successful "Taboo" at the Brixton Academy. He most recently played the role of 'Adam Pontipee' in the national tour of "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers". His other theatre credits include "Save The Last Dance For Me". Phoebe Street most recently appeared in "The Light Princess" at the National Theatre. Her other credits include "Les Miserables" at the Queen's Theatre where she made her West End debut.

The rest of the company includes Anthony Dunn as 'Henry Miller', Sioned Saunders as 'Susan', Rob Delaney as 'Francis Fryer', Christina Tedders as 'Adelaide Adams', Paul Kissaun as 'Rattlesnake', Jon Bonner as 'Doc', Martin McCarthy as 'Joe', Matthew James Hinchliffe as 'Buck' and Jamie Noar as 'Hank'.

Jodie Prenger is probably best known for winning the role of 'Nancy' in Cameron Mackintosh's West End production of "Oliver!" through the BBC television series "I'd Do Anything". During her run in the show at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane she received both critical and public acclaim for her portrayal of the role. Since then she has starred in the National Theatre's hit production of "One Man, Two Guvnors" both in the West End and on tour and as 'Lady of the Lake' in "Spamalot". Jodie is also a regular presenter on BBC Radio 2.

"CALAMITYJANE" will be directed by Nikolai Foster, has Orchestrations and Musical Supervision by Catherine Jayes, Choreography by Nick Winston, Set and Costume design by Matthew Wright, Lighting Design by Richard G Jones and Sound Design by Sebastian Frost.

Nikolai Foster's most recent theatre credits include the 20th Anniversary production of Jonathan Harvey's "Beautiful Thing" both in the West End and on tour, "Annie" at the West Yorkshire Playhouse and the national tour of "The Witches of Eastwick".

Catherine Jayes was most recently musical director for the award-winning production of "Merrily We Roll Along" at both the Menier Chocolate Factory and Harold Pinter theatre in the West End. Her other credits at the Chocolate Factory include "The Color Purple" and "Road Show". She has composed the music for "The Duchess of Malfi", "Othello", "The Changeling", "Cymbeline" and "Troilus and Cressida", all for Cheek By Jowl where she is also an associate director. Her other musical director credits include "Guys and Dolls" and "Sweet Charity" for Sheffield Crucible and "Gypsy", "Fiddler on the Roof" and "High Society" for the West Yorkshire Playhouse.

Nick Winston's theatre credits as choreographer include "Loserville" in the West End and "Annie" and "Sweeney Todd" at the West Yorkshire Playhouse and most recently the World Premiere of "Water Babies" at Leicester Curve.

Following numerous highly acclaimed productions that include "Sweeney Todd" and "Sunset Boulevard", The Watermill Theatre, Newbury presents a new production of the classic musical "CALAMITY JANE". Featuring a cast of multi-talented actor/musicians to create an unforgettable experience, this brand new production gets to the heart and soul of the musical.

Calamity Jane can outrun and outshoot any man in Deadwood. Hard, boastful and desperate to impress, she travels to Chicago to recruit a star, Adelaide Adams, for the Deadwood Stage. But things don't go too smoothly for Calamity, as everyone in town favours the new girl and she struggles to keep her jealousy and pride in check. It takes her long-standing enemy Wild Bill Hickok to make her see sense, and realise her Secret Love...

Calamity Jane has an Oscar nominated score that includes The Black Hills of Dakota, The Deadwood Stage (Whip-Crack-Away), Just Blew in from the Windy City and the award-winning song Secret Love.

"CALAMITY JANE" is adapted for the stage by Charles K. Freeman and has music by Sammy Fain with lyrics by Paul Francis Webster.

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