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Nigel Harman is Sky Masterson in Guys and Dolls
Nigel Harman ‘Sky Masterson’ in Guys and Dolls
Nigel Harman, best known as ‘Dennis Rickman’ in “EastEnders”, will return to the West End stage to star in Guys and Dolls as ‘Sky Masterson’ at the Piccadilly Theatre from 5 Dec 2005
Nigel Harman has played many roles on the London stage, including ‘Kevin Cartwright’ in Michael Grandage’s production of “Privates on Parade” at the Donmar Warehouse. His West End musicals include “Mamma Mia!”, “Damn Yankees” and “Tommy”. He played ‘Dan Coulthard’ in “Red Cap” on television; however, it was his role as ‘Dennis Rickman’ in “EastEnders” that propelled him to national fame. Nigel joins Sarah Lancashire, who is already announced to star as ‘Miss Adelaide’ in the new cast from 5 Dec 2005.
The current cast to 3 December 2005 is: Ewan McGregor (Sky Masterson), Jane Krakowski (Miss Adelaide), Douglas Hodge (Nathan Detroit), Jenna Russell (Sarah Brown), Martin Ellis (Nicely Nicely), Niall Buggy (Arvide), Gaye Brown (General Cartwright), Sevan Stephen (Big Julie)
Guys and Dolls, opened at the Piccadilly Theatre on 1 June 2005, following previews from 19 May 2005, to moderate notices from the popular press: PAUL TAYLOR for THE INDEPENDENT says, "Utterly elating revival..this production looks to be a sure-fire winner." MCHARLES SPENCER for THE DAILY TELEGRAPH says, " There is much to enjoy, passages when the show undoubtedly achieves lift-off, but it never quite achieves that sense of pure and continuous pleasure .." BENEDICT NIGHTINGALE for THE TIMES says, "A visit to the Piccadilly will bring you terrific music, great fun, one or two excellent dance numbers..." LISA MARTLAND for THE STAGE says, "Consistently nice and even joyful but rarely does one get the gut feeling that something exciting is taking place."
Guys and Dolls has music and lyrics by Frank Loesser, book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows. It is directed by Michael Grandage; designed by Christopher Oram; choreography by Rob Ashford, lighting by Howard Harrison; and sound by Terry Jardine and Chris Full.
The show is produced by Howard Panter for The Ambassador Theatre Group and David Lan for Clear Channel Entertainment, in association with the Donmar Warehouse's own production team.
Brings to life the Broadway of the 1940's, inhabited by gamblers, nightclub performers and members of the Salvation Army, in search of sinners to cure. The score includes numbers as 'Sit Down You're Rocking the Boat', 'Luck Be A Lady Tonight' and 'Take Back Your Mink'.
Guys and Dolls is currently taking bookings to 4 March 2006 at the Piccadilly Theatre