A guest has made a last minute cancellation to the Grand Hotel which is due to start previews at Southwark Playhouse this week.
Just a few days before the Broadway musical’s first outing at the off-West End venue, actor Philip Rham had to withdraw due to a family emergency leaving producer Danielle Tarento with a race against time to fill the vacancy.
Said Tarento: “We wish Philip well and are thrilled to welcome to the production the fantastic David Delve to take over and play Colonel-Doctor Otternschlag. We thank David enormously for stepping in at such short notice.”
Among David Delve’s many West End theatre credits include the RSC’s epic Nicholas Nickelby in both London and the US; Les Miserables, Oliver!, The Phantom of the Opera, Anything Goes and Carousel.
The Grand Hotel tells the story of its eclectic group of guests, gathered there in 1928 Berlin. Over the course of a weekend, their extraordinary stories interweave with each other and the hotel’s hard-working staff.
The rest of the 17-strong international cast are: Christine Grimandi, Scott Garnham, George Rae, Victoria Serra, Jacob Chapman, Valerie Cutko, Jonathan Stewart, James Gant, Charles Hagerty, Paul Iveson, Rhiannon Howys, Jammy Kasongo, Ceili O’Connor, Durone Stokes, Samuel J Weir, Leah West.
Grand Hotel, directed by Thom Southerland, book by Luther Davis, music and lyrics by George Forrest and Robert Wright, additional music and lyrics by Maury Yeston, opens for a six-week season this Friday.