Lizzie Roper to replace Ellen Greene in extended Betwixt
Lizzie Roper to replace Ellen Greene in the comedy musical Betwixt! from 22 Aug 2011.
The show, which was originally booking to 20 August, recently announced a 3 week extension to 10 Sep 2011, at the Trafalgar Studios 2, but Greene is unable to continue with the production due to previous commitments.
In a statement Greene said, "Although I will be sad to say goodbye to such a fantastically talented young cast, I'm delighted that audiences have enjoyed the show and that it will continue its run. It's such fun and creating not one but three characters has been a wonderful experience."
Lizzie Roper's London stage credits includes One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest at the Gielgud, Peccadillo Circus at the Trafalgar Studios 2, August:Osage County at the National Theatre. On TV she was most recently seen in Coronaton Street and has just filmed Sky 1's new eight-part comedy series This Is Jinsy.
The show, with book, music and lyrics by Ian McFarlane, opened on 28 July, following previews from 26 July 2011.
Betwixt! is directed by Ian McFarlane, choreography by Grace Harrington, musical direction by Ross Leadbeater, produced by Christopher D Clegg.
Cast includes Steven Webb (Cooper), Ashleigh Gray (Miranda), Benedict Salter (Bailey), Ellen Greene (playing three roles - the identical triplets, The Enchantress, Princess, Nymph Queen) from 22 Aug Lizzie Roper takes over from Ellen Greene, Peter Duncan (playing three roles - The Great Garbo, Prince Haydn, Haydn Prince).
In modern day New York, writer Bailey - suffering writer's block - and flamboyant roommate Cooper Fitzgerald are catapulted headfirst into a strange enchanted world. Their arrival fulfils a prophecy that tells of a brave hero and a great queen and they are tasked with searching out a fading daytime TV star who is the only hope for saving a pregnant princess from losing the throne... Sex-crazed nymphs, hunchbacks, cross-dressing mutes, dancing reporters, enchantresses (of the evil-world-dominating variety) and a disembodied head with a Bavarian accent are teamed with sitcom-styled dialogue and a 'toe-tapping' score.