Back to the Future

Roger Bart to join cast of Back to the Future musical as Dr. Emmett Brown

Sophie Thomas
Sophie Thomas

UPDATE: Back to the Future The Musical is scheduled to start performances in the West End at the Adelphi Theatre from 14 May 2021. Find out more here. 

It has been announced that Roger Bart will join the cast of the world premiere of Back to the Future at Manchester Opera House, ahead of a West End transfer.

Roger Bart will play the role of Dr. Emmett Brown, a role made famous in the Back to the Future trilogy by Christopher Lloyd.

Bart makes his British stage debut in Back to the Future, with Broadway theatre credits including a Tony Award-winning performance in You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown as Snoopy, as well as a Tony Award-nominated performance in The Producers as Carmen Ghia and later rejoining the cast as Leo Bloom. Earlier this year, Bart starred as Hades in the stage premiere of Hercules, which ran for a limited engagement at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park.

On screen, Bart has also starred as the original voice of Hercules in the 1999 Disney film, with his performance of 'Go the Distance' receiving Oscar and Golden Globe nominations for best original song. He has also starred in The Stepford Wives, Desperate Housewives and A Series of Unfortunate Events.

Ahead of starring in Back to the Future, Roger Bart said: "Playing the role of Doc Brown, made iconic on film by the brilliant Christopher Lloyd, is going to be the adventure of a lifetime."

Roger Bart joins the previously announced cast including Olly Dobson as Marty McFly, Hugh Coles as George McFly, Rosanna Hyland as Lorraine Baines and Cedric Neal as Goldie.

Back to the Future follows Marty McFly, a teenager in 1980s America who is accidentally transported back to 1955 and meets his younger parents in a time-travelling DeLorean. The musical will feature an original book by Bob Gale, who wrote the original film.

Photo credit: Phil Treagus (Pictured L-R Roger Bart as Doc Brown, Christopher Lloyd and Olly Dobson as Marty McFly)

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