Cast Announced For The UK Premiere Of PLAID TIDINGS
Casting is announced for the UK premiere of Plaid Tidings, the seasonal sequel to the hugely successful West End hit musical Forever Plaid by Stuart Ross, ahead of its UK premiere at London's Bridge House Theatre SE20 from 26 November - 23 December.
The cast are: Alex Bloomer (Spot's Birthday Party, UK tour, Dear Santa, Horsham), Joshua Da Costa (Middala & cover Mafala Hatimbi, The Book of Mormon, Willy, Showboat, Roy Wright, The Scottsboro Boys, all West End), Laurie Denman (Timothy, Salad Days (Union Theatre & Theatre Royal Bath) and Kris Marc-Joseph (Rothschild & Sons, Park Theatre, Yank! Hope Mill/Charing Cross Theatre).
Plaid Tidings is a 'Heaven Sent' festive treat which is fantastically funny, beautifully sung and takes the audience on a journey to a more innocent time, a time when Christmas was all about family, friendship and good will. The venue's 5th Christmas UK premiere in as many years, previous critically-acclaimed shows have included It's a Wonderful Life, A Christmas Carol ... More or Less, Another Night Before Christmas (named The Best Festive Show in the UK by BroadwayWorld) and last year's A Miracle on 34th Street.
When an up-and-coming men's harmony group, The Plaids are killed on the eve of their biggest performance, after a collision with a school bus containing kids heading to see The Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show - the kids survive ... The Plaids sadly do not! To their surprise they are sent back to the earth to give a concert, to test their worthiness to be the eternal guardians of harmony! Having successfully completed this extraordinary challenge, the Plaids are granted tenure in the Celestial Cosmos - or so they believe...However on a cold and wintery December night, through a rip in the Earth's Ozone The Plaids are sent back for a second time - the reason why, none of them understand! Through a series of clues and an uncanny capacity to keep referring to the Christmas season, they realise their reason for returning is to bring festive cheer to an uncertain World - by performing the ultimate TV Christmas Special - An evening filled with beautifully harmonised Yuletide songs and tales of Christmases past, a show they endlessly talked about but never were able to achieve whilst alive! Only if this is accomplished can our Plaids discover the real reason for their return and finally find peace.
Alex Bloomer (Sparky)
Theatre includes: Steve the Monkey in Spot's Birthday Party (UK Tour) Elf in Dear Santa (Capitol Theatre, Horsham) Soloist in Sam and Friends (Leicester Square Theatre) and Jokey in Snow White (Lyceum Theatre, Crewe).
Joshua Da Costa (Smudge)
West End theatre: Middala & cover Mafala Hatimbi in The Book of Mormon (Prince of Wales), Willy in Showboat (New London), Roy Wright The Scottsboro Boys (Young Vic & Garrick). Other theatre Gregory/Cover Hortensio in Kiss Me Kate - Opera North, Pinocchio in Pinocchio (King's Head Theatre). TV: Having A Ball - Pride and Prejudice (BBC 2).
Laurie Denman (Jinx) and Musical Director
Credits include: 'Motel in Fiddler on the Roof (Frinton Summer Theatre), Scarecrow/Hunk in The Wizard of Oz (Trinity Theatre), Timothy in Salad Days (Union Theatre & Theatre Royal Bath) and Vocalist in We Will Rock You Concert (Puente Romano Marbella). As well as portraying Jinx, Laurie is delighted to be Musical Director for this production having taken on this role countless times with Youth Theatre and school productions, and after MD-ing the rehearsed readings of InVision, Point of View and Hello Again whilst training. Laurie was the winner of the Gillian Lynne Choreography Award in 2017.
Kris Marc-Joseph (Francis, aka Frankie)
Theatre credits include: Rothschild & Sons (Park Theatre), Yank! (The Hope Mill/Charing Cross Theatre), Snow White Rotten to the Core (Above the Stag), Anno Domini (The Actors Church/Clapham Omnibus), Children of Eden, and See Rock City & Other Destinations (Union), Sister Act The Musical (Gordon Craig), Violet (The Bridewell), and An Evening of Alanya Bridge (Theatre Royal Stratford East). Much Ado About Nothing, Merrily We Roll Along, Brighton Beach Scumbags, Les Miserables and Ruddigore (LSMT Studios).