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Lipkin to play Nathan opposite Wilson's Miss Adelaide
It has been announced that Simon Lipkin will join the West End cast of Guys and Dolls for a limited period at the Phoenix Theatre in the role of 'Nathan Detroit' from Tuesday 28 June until Sunday 21 August 2016.
He will play opposite the previously announced Australian comedian and actress Rebel Wilson who will star as 'Miss Adelaide' from 28 June for a limited time until 21 August 2016. The show has also announced an extension of just over two months and is now taking bookings until 7 January 2017.
The production transferred from the Savoy Theatre to the Phoenix Theatre, where it began performances on 19 March 2016.
Rebel Wislon will join a cast that also includes Oliver Tompsett as Sky Masterson, Siubhan Harrison as Sarah Brown, and Gavin Spokes as Nicely Nicely Johnson.
Wilson and Lipkin will replace Samantha Spiro and Nigel Lindsay who will remain in their roles until 26 June 2016.
The full company also includes Billy Boyle as Arvide and Jason Pennycooke as Benny, Lucy Jane Adcock, Abigail Brodie, Cornelius Clarke, Momar Diagne, Lavinia Fitzpatrick, Lorna Gale, Nic Greenshields, Selina Hamilton, Frankie Jenna, Alec Mann, Jacob Maynard, Genevieve Nicole, William Oxborrow, Max Parker, Carl Patrick, James Revell, Giovanni Spano, Jonathan Stewart, Lucie Mae Sumner and Liam Wrate.
Synopsis: "Nathan Detroit is desperate: he needs money for an illegal dice game, and he needs it fast. Not to mention a 14 year engagement with night-club singer Miss Adelaide whose patience is finally running out. Enter notorious gambler Sky Masterson, a guy who can never turn down a bet, and straight-laced missionary Sarah Brown, a doll with a heart of ice. The wager: Sky has to romance Sarah by taking her to Havana for dinner and in return he'll provide a dozen 'sinners' for Sarah's mission. Surely this is one bet Nathan absolutely can't lose?"
The show is based on a story and characters by Damon Runyon, with music and lyrics by Frank Loesser and book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows. Gordon Greenberg directs, with choreography by Carlos Acosta and Andrew Wright, set design by Peter McKintosh, lighting by Tim Mitchell and sound by Paul Groothuis. The musical director is Gareth Valentine.
Rebel Wilson is best known for her role as 'Fat Amy' in Universal Pictures' 'Pitch Perfect' and 'Pitch Perfect 2' and will be reprising 'Fat Amy' for Pitch Perfect 3, which is due to be released in the summer of 2017.
Simon Lipkin most recently appeared in the musical 'Miss Atomic Bomb' and the St James Theatre, and last year starred in the Menier Chocolate Factory's production of 'Assassins'.
Guys and Dolls is produced in the West End by Tristan Baker and Charlie Parsons for Runaway Entertainment, Oliver Royds for BOS Productions, Richard Darbourne Ltd and Tulchin Bartner Productions.