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White Christmas, a musical starring Aled Jones and Tom Chambers, directed by Morgan Young, opens at the Dominion Theatre on 12 Nov 2014, following previews from 8 Nov - running to 3 Jan 2015.
Aled Jones will play the character of Bob Wallace and Tom Chambers will play Phil Davis. The cast also includes Wendi Peters (Martha), Graham Cole (General Waverley), Rachel Stanley (Betty Haynes) and Louise Bowden (Judy Haynes).
White Christmas tells the story of two ex-army friends as they team up with a pair of sisters to put on a show to save their former General's remote Vermont ski lodge that's fallen on hard times.
The show is designed by Anna Louizos, lit by Ken Billington, choreographed by Randy Skinner and has sound design by Clem Rawling. Costumes have been designed by Carrie Robbins. The producers are Michael Rose and U-Live for White Christmas Onstage (UK) Limited, in association with Paramount Pictures.
The Dominion Theatre is due to be refurbished prior to the limited eight-week run of White Christmas. The show, which is based on the Paramount Pictures film starring Bing Crosby, has music and lyrics by Irving Berlin and book by David Ives and Paul Blake. It includes many well known songs such as 'Let Yourself Go', 'Sisters', 'The Best Things Happen When You're Dancing' and the classic 'White Christmas'.
Aled Jones, who has become best known as a television presenter, will be making his West End musical theatre debut. Like Bing Crosby, Aled Jones has also enjoyed success with a song that gains airplay every Christmas - his version of The Snowman's 'Walking In The Air' became a Top Ten hit in 1985. Tom Chambers last appeared on the West End stage in 'Top Hat', which ran at the Aldwych Theatre from April 2012 to February 2013. He is best known for playing the role of Sam Strachan in the BBC television medical drama 'Holby City' and for winning 'Strictly Come Dancing' in 2008. Aled Jones has also been a contestant in 'Strictly Come Dancing' - just missing out on a top three slot in 2004.