Full Casting Announced For Royal Exchange's THE PRODUCERS
The full company for the Royal Exchange Theatre's brand-new production of THE PRODUCERS, directed by Raz Shaw, has been announced today. Joining Julius D'Silva and Stuart Neal who play the wonderfully bizarre double act Max Bialystock and Leo Bloom, are MATILDA's Ms Trunchbull Charles Brunton (Roger De Bris), Hammed Animashaun, (Carmen Ghia), Dale Meeks (Franz Liebkind), Emily-Mae (Ulla) and an ensemble of 11 multi-talented actors. This wickedly funny, outrageous love letter to the Broadway musical builds upon the Exchange's growing reputation for reinventing celebrated musicals for its unique in-the-round theatre. Raz is joined by Choreographer Alistair David and Musical Supervisor Caroline Humphris. Featuring show-stopping songs such as Springtime for Hitler and When You Got It Flaunt It the production runs from 30 November 2018 - 26 January 2019.
Theatre Producer Max Bialystock has a string of failures in his wake. But his downtrodden accountant Leo Bloom thinks that could be a good thing, a producer could make more money with a dud than a hit. They set out to find the worst script, the worst director and the worst actors in the industry, produce the biggest flop in Broadway history, and make a heap of cash in the process. What could possibly go wrong?
Julius D'Silva returns to the Exchange following his role in THE CHERRY ORCHARD (a co-production with Bristol Old Vic). His extensive theatre credits include Baz Luhrmann's STRICTLY BALLROOM (West Yorkshire Playhouse & Toronto), MADE IN DAGENHAM (Adelphi Theatre), ANNE BOLEYN (Shakespeare's Globe/ETT), OLIVER! (Theatre Royal, Drury Lane) and MACBETH (Shakespeare's Globe). Stuart Neal will make his Royal Exchange debut in this production, other theatre credits include 42ND STREET (West End /Drury Lane), THE GRINNING MAN (Bristol Old Vic), THE WINTERS TALE (Kenneth Branagh theatre Company), CAROUSEL (National Tour / Opera North) and FINDING NEVERLAND (American Rep Theatre).
The cast is completed by Joelle Dyson, Ian Gareth-Jones, Kristian Jacobs, Charlie Johnson, Jessica Keable, Adam Lake, Louis Mackrodt, Benjamin Mundy, Gleanne Purcell-Brown, Emma Thornett and Lily Wang.
Raz Shaw is an award-winning director whose credits include WIT (Best Director - UK Theatre Awards 2016), THE GREATEST PLAY IN THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD... (also Traverse Theatre 2018) , THINGS OF DRY HOURS and THE TRESTLE AT POPE LICK CREEK for the Royal Exchange Theatre, THE GOD OF SOHO, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM (P.E.N Award) and ROMEO AND JULIET (Shakespeare's Globe), WIE ES WILL GEFÄLLT (Bremer Shakespeare Company), THE TALENTED MR RIPLEY (Theatre Royal, Northampton) OTHELLO, WOMAN IN MIND, BE MY BABY (Salisbury Playhouse), FACTORY GIRLS and TORN (The Arcola), A STATE OF INNOCENCE (Theatre 503), JENNY FAWCETT (Soho Theatre/Pleasance), GAMBLING (Royal Court/ Soho Theatre). In 2006 he won the Jerwood Award at The Young Vic. His first book - DEATH AND THE ELEPHANT: HOW CANCER SAVED MY LIFE - was published in March this year by Unbound.