EastEnders's Shaun Williamson makes his West End debut in "Saturday Night Fever"

EastEnders’ Shaun Williamson makes his West End debut in "Saturday Night Fever"

It has been confirmed that EastEnders’ Shaun Williamson will make his West End stage debut in Saturday Night Fever in the role of superstar DJ ‘Monty’, the flamboyant and sleazy ladykiller in charge of the wheels of steel at New York’s Odyssey nightclub.

Shaun Williamson is probably best known for his role as the hapless but loveable ‘Barry Evans’ in BBC1’s soap "EastEnders", a role he played for 9 years. He recently left the show after one of the most talked about soap exits: pushed off a cliff by evil ‘Janine Butcher’. He is currently on TV presenting ITV1’s “24 Hour Quiz” and earlier this year was the high-point scoring winner of “Celebrity Mastermind 2004”!

Further casting to be confirmed!!

Saturday Night Fever, opens at the Apollo Victoria Theatre on 6 July 2004, following previews from 2 July, and booking to 2 April 2005.

Directed and choreographed by Arlene Phillips, the show was last in the West End at the London Palladium between April 1998 and February 2000.

Saturday Night Fever the stage musical is based on the film with story by Nik Cohn and screenplay by Norman Wexler. Stage adaptation by Nan Knighton, Arlene Philips, Paul Nicholas and Robert Stigwood. Music and lyrics by The Bee Gees.

In Brooklyn, ‘Tony Manero’ is a humble paint store clerk by day, but after dark he becomes the polyester-clad stallion king of the local nightclub. Every Saturday night Tony slips into his flares, pulls on his huge-collared shirt and hits the streets to prove he can walk the walk, talk the talk and most definitely dance the moves. Each week he parts the dance floor like the red sea as the club falls under the spell of the thumping disco beat and Tony’s phenomenal routines. But as the club lights snap on at the end of the night and the real world returns, Tony and his disco obsessed friends must face the sometimes harsh truth of growing up in the tough urban jungle of New York.

The show is packed with The Bee Gee disco hits including Stayin Alive, Night Fever, Jive Talking and How Deep Is Your Love.

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