Full casting announced for the return of Dr Seuss' The Lorax to the Old Vic

The Lorax

The Old Vic has announced the full casting for Dr Seuss's The Lorax, which return to the theatre this October before embarking on a North American tour.

With a book by David Greig, the musical is inspired by Dr Seuss’ collection of stories about a cantankerous critter who sets out on a mission to save the earth from a selfish, tree-chopping businessman. It has music and lyrics by Charlie Fink, frontman of British pop group Noah and the Whale.

The production runs at the Old Vic for a limited three-week run from 15th October, with an official opening on 24th October.

The cast includes Simon Paisley Day, who will reprise his role as The Once-ler, the selfish businessman. His previous theatre credits include Urinetown (West End), Taming of the Shrew (Shakespeare’s Globe) and Private Lives (West End and Broadway). He played the character when the production was first performed in December 2015.

The Lorax will be played by David Ricardo-Pearce, who has previously appeared in Jerusalem (Park Theatre) and The Middlemarch Trilogy (Orange Tree Theatre) alongside puppeteers Laura Caldow and the returning Ben Thompson.

Joining them will be Michael Ajao, Joseph Alessi, Josh Baker, Jack Beale, Hannah Fairclough, Owain Gwynn, Wendy Mae Brown, Kirsty Malpass, Kerri Norville, Ellena Vincent and Silas Wyatt-Barke.

The Lorax is directed by Max Webster, who is an associate director at the theatre and whose recent work includes Queers, Cover My Tracks and The Winter’s Tale, and designed by Rob Howell and choreographed by Drew McOnie.

 The Lorax Tickets are available now.

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