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Nigel Lindsay to Replace Richard Kind in GUYS AND DOLLS in the West End, Performances Begin Tonight


Nigel Lindsay will take over for Richard Kind as 'Nathan Detroit' in Guys and Dolls at the Phoenix Theatre, beginning May 24, the Daily Mail reports.

Lindsay is no stranger to the role -- he played the part in the 2005 London revival of Guys and Dolls. The actor last starred in the West End in SPEED-THE-PLOW opposite Lindsay Lohan, and before that in SHREK THE MUSICAL, as well as THE REAL THING on Broadway.

Following critical acclaim at the Savoy Theatre, the Chichester Festival Theatre revival of Guys and Dolls is now playing an extended run at the Phoenix Theatre. Casting for the West End extension includes multiple Olivier Award-winning actress Samantha Spiro (Hello Dolly) as Miss Adelaide and Oliver Tompsett (Wicked) as Sky Masterson. Continuing in their roles from the Savoy to the Phoenix Theatre are Siubhan Harrison as Sarah Brown, and Gavin Spokes as Nicely Nicely Johnson.

Completing the new cast at the Phoenix are Billy Boyle as Arvide and Jason Pennycooke as Benny, with the rest of the cast transferring from the Savoy Theatre: Lucy Jane Adcock, Abigail Brodie, Cornelius Clarke, Momar Diagne, Lavinia Fitzpatrick, Lorna Gale, Nic Greenshields, Selina Hamilton, Frankie Jenna, Alec Mann, Jacob Maynard, Genevieve Nicole, William Oxborrow, Max Parker, Carl Patrick, James Revell, Giovanni Spano, Jonathan Stewart, Lucie Mae Sumner and Liam Wrate.

A separate production with a completely new cast embarked on a nationwide UK tour this spring.

Nathan Detroit is desperate: he needs money for an illegal dice game, and he needs it fast. Not to mention a 14-year engagement with nightclub singer Miss Adelaide, whose patience is finally running out. Enter notorious gambler Sky Masterson, a guy who can never turn down a bet, and straight-laced missionary Sarah Brown, a doll with a heart of ice. Nathan's wager is that Sky has to romance Sarah by taking her to Havana for dinner and in return he'll provide a dozen 'sinners' for Sarah's mission. Surely this is one bet Nathan absolutely can't lose?

A joyous and vibrant celebration of Prohibition-era New York, Guys and Dolls first premiered on Broadway in 1950 and captured the optimism and energy of post-World War Two America. This hugely popular and multi award-winning musical, based on the colourful stories by American journalist Damon Runyon renowned for his vivid fictional depictions of the gamblers, hustlers and nightclub singers of New York, features some of Broadway's greatest musical numbers including 'My Time of Day', 'Luck be a Lady' and the show-stopping 'Sit Down You're Rockin' the Boat'.

GUYS AND DOLLS is directed by Gordon Greenberg with choreography by Cuban dancer and former Royal Ballet star Carlos Acosta and Andrew Wright, whose credits include Chichester Festival Theatre's Singin' in the Rain.

The music and lyrics are by Frank Loesser, whose credits include How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying and the song 'Baby, It's Cold Outside'. The book is by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows. Burrows' credits include How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying and Breakfast at Tiffany's. Swerling's credits include the seminal film It's A Wonderful Life.

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