Kate Fleetwood to play Cruella de Vil in ‘101 Dalmatians’ musical

The world premiere opens at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre this summer.

Sophie Thomas
Sophie Thomas

Kate Fleetwood will lead the cast of 101 Dalmatians in London. 101 Dalmatians is at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre from 12 July to 28 August.

Fleetwood was billed to play Cruella de Vil in 101 Dalmatians in 2020, however the production was postponed due to the pandemic. Two years later, she’ll star as the wicked woman who sets her sights on a lavish fur coat made out of dalmatians.

The two dalmatians Pongo and Perdi will be puppeteered by Danny Collins (Pongo Voice) and Ben Thompson (Pongo Head), and Emma Lucia (Perdi Voice) and Yana Penrose (Perdi Head.)

The 101 Dalmatians cast is completed by Jamil Abbasi, Stuart Angell, George Bukhari, Sonya Cullingford, Jade Davies, Karen Fishwick, Joseph Fletcher, Taofique Folarin Courtney George, Tash Holway, CJ Johnson, Kody Mortimer, Simon Oskarsson, Tom Peters, Eric Stroud, Jonny Weldon and Grace Wylde.

101 Dalmatians is based on Dodie Smith’s 1956 children’s novel of the same name. Zinnie Harris adapts 101 Dalmatians, and the musical features a book by Johnny McKnight and an original score by Douglas Hodge.

Toby Olié directs and serves as the 101 Dalmatians puppet designer. Set design is by Colin Richmond, with costume design by Katrina Lindsay, lighting design by Howard Hudson, sound design by Nick Lidster for Autograph and choreography by Liam Steel.

101 Dalmatians is at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre.

Photo credit: Kate Fleetwood (Photo courtesy of production)

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