Cast announced for UK premiere of 'Fangirls'

Open auditions held in January sought out performers without professional representation. Jasmine Elcock, in the lead role, will be making her musical theatre debut.

Olivia Rook
Olivia Rook

Casting has been announced for the UK premiere of Yve Blake's musical Fangirls, which opens at the Lyric Hammersmith Theatre on 13 July.

Jasmine Elcock, a recent graduate of the Central School of Speech and Drama, will make her musical theatre debut as 14-year-old superfan, Edna. She is currently performing in The Crucible at Sheffield Theatres and recently starred in the English Touring Theatre’s Macbeth.

Joining Elcock are Miracle Chance (The Witches, Heathers) as Brianna, Mary Malone (Burnt at the Stake, Netflix’s Missing You) as Jules, Gracie McGonigal (The Little Big Things, The Crucible) as Lily, and Terique Jarrett (Daddy, Hulu’s Find Me in Paris) as Salty.

Eve De Leon Allen (The House with Chicken, Sugar Coat) joins the company as Dom/Ensemble, Max Gill (Bugsy Malone, Herons) as Greta/Ensemble, Lena Pattie Jones as Ash/Ensemble in her professional debut, and Nicky Wong Rush as Dancer in their professional debut.

Director Paige Rattray said: “The greatest joy of Fangirls is always the people in the room. We have created a show that allows us to adapt the roles to people most suited to the spirit of the show. I’m so excited to start work with the new members of our Fangirls family - the talent, charisma and great energy we’ve seen in auditions over the last months has been so inspiring that its been hard to make final decisions as we’ve moved closer to rehearsals - it’s always been one of those shows where you wish you could have a cast of thousands.

"This cast is really very special. I’m so grateful to Lotte Hines our stunning casting director for all of the work and expertise she’s put in to find these exceptional people, I’m beyond excited to share their talents with our audience.”

Fangirls follows 14-year-old superfan Edna, a misfit, who's in love with popstar Harry. When Harry’s band announces a tour stop in Edna's hometown of Sydney, Australia, she knows this is her one chance to meet him. But how will she get his attention?

Open auditions were held for Fangirls in January, with the call specifically seeking performers without professional representation.

The creative team includes Yve Blake (book, music, and lyrics), Paige Rattray (director), David Fleischer (set designer), Ebony Williams (choreographer(, Ash J Woodward (video designer), Jessica Hung Han Yun (lighting designer), Tony Gayle (sound designer), Zara Stanton (music supervisor, vocal arranger, and orchestrator), Candida Caldicot (musical director), and David Muratore (music producer).

Further casting is to be announced.

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Photo credit: Jasmine Elcock, Mary Malone, and Miracle Chance. (Photos courtesy of production)

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