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Heart radio star presenter Toby Anstis, makes his West End stage debut when he joins the cast Grease as ‘Teen Angel’ for a limited season from 25 January to 20 March 2010 at the Piccadilly Theatre.
Toby Anstis presents the weekday mid-morning show on Heart, the UK’s largest commercial radio network. Over 3.4 million people tune into Toby’s show each week, broadcast on 33 Heart stations across the UK. He also presents the Saturday morning show on Heart in London. He made his name on television presenting BBC1’s The Ozone, Electric Circus and Live and Kicking.
Toby says: “I’m absolutely thrilled and delighted to join the cast of Grease at the Piccadilly Theatre this January. I feel so lucky to be part of London’s most feel-good musical and make my debut on the West End stage! I’m probably one of the world’s biggest fans of Grease so it’s a dream come true.”
He will join Noel Sullivan, who currently plays Danny to 24 July. As previously mentioned, Siobhan Dillon also joins the cast on 25 Jan as 'Sandy'.
Grease, opened at the Piccadilly Theatre on 8 Aug 2007, following previews from 25 July 2007, and is currently taking bookings to 4 Sep 2010. Grease is now the longest running show at the Piccadilly Theatre, having reached this point on 20 June 2009 (after 800 performances).
It is written by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey, with additional songs B Gibb, J Farrar, L St Louis & S Simon. It is directed by David Gilmore, choreography by Arlene Phillips, and produced by Paul Nicholas and David Ian by arrangement with Robert Stigwood.
Songs from the show include 'Grease (Is The Word)'; 'You're The One That I Want'; 'Greased Lightning'; 'Hopelessly Devoted To You' and 'Sandy'.
This production originally opened in the West End in 1993 (co-produced with Robert Stigwood) at the Dominion Theatre, before transferring to the Cambridge Theatre in Oct 1996 to Sep 1999. The show then continued to tour the UK and briefly returned to the Dominion Theatre for a few weeks in Oct 2001, and then had a year run at the Victoria Palace from Sep 2002. Grease finally returned to the West End in July 2007 at the Piccadilly Theatre.