There’s a bumper crop of talent lined up to join Rhydian in the upcoming UK tour of Little Shop of Horrors which hits the road next month.
Full casting has been announced for the hit musical comedy, bringing everyone’s favourite carnivorous plant to theatres across the UK in a brand new tour for 2016. The show opens at Bournemouth Pavilion on August 4.
The cast will feature Sam Lupton (Boq in Wicked, West End, Avenue Q, UK Tour) as Seymour, Stephanie Clift (Mamma Mia!, West End) as Audrey, Paul Kissaun (Calamity Jane, Fiddler on the Roof, UK Tours) as Mushnik, Sasha Latoya (Rent, Greenwich Theatre, Britain’s Got Talent) as Crystal, Vanessa Fisher (Hairspray, UK Tour) as Chiffon, Cassie Clare (Cats, West End) as Ronnette and Josh Wilmott (Spamalot, We Will Rock You, UK Tours) as Audrey II. The cast also includes Phil Adele, Stephanie McConville and Neil Nicholas.
They join the previously announced Rhydian as The Dentist, Orin Scrivello in the Sell-A-Door Theatre Company production.
Rhydian rose to fame as a runaway success on ITV’s X Factor and has sold in excess of a million albums worldwide. He has released six albums and duetted and performed with some of the biggest names in the music industry including Michael Bublé, Taylor Swift, Enrique Iglesias, Celine Dion and Nicole Scherzinger.
Rhydian’s theatre credits include Grease, We Will Rock You, The War Of The Worlds, Jesus Christ Superstar and the 40th Anniversary Tour of another cult classic, The Rocky Horror Show.
A charming, kooky and hilarious 1950s musical comedy, Little Shop of Horrors tells the story of Seymour, the assistant at Mushnik’s Flower Shop in down-at-heel, Skid Row, who becomes an overnight sensation when he discovers a strange and exotic plant.
He names it Audrey Two in order to impress glamorous Audrey, the shop assistant he’s secretly in love with. But Audrey Two has a mind of its own, and soon grows into a bad-tempered, foul-mouthed carnivore with an appetite that can’t be satisfied.
Seymour must keep the meals coming to stop his prized plant from wilting, but how far is he willing to go to get the girl of his dreams?
Little Shop of Horrors originally opened Off-Off-Broadway in 1982 before moving to the Orpheum Theatre Off-Broadway later that year, where it ran for five years and won numerous awards including the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Musical and the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Musical.
It opened in the West End the following year, and in 1986 was adapted into the now iconic cult film starring Rick Moranis, Ellen Greene and Steve Martin. Other notable stage productions include the 2006 London revival at the Menier Chocolate Factory and in the West End, starring Sheridan Smith as Audrey.
Little Shop of Horrors features music by Alan Menken and book and lyrics by Howard Ashman. They are best known for their collaborations on iconic Walt Disney films including The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast, for which they received Oscars.
2016 UK TOUR
August 4-13, BOURNEMOUTH Pavilion Theatre August 16-20, LLANDUDNO, Venue Cymru August 22-27, WIMBLEDON New Theatre August 30-September 4, BELFAST OPERA HOUSE September 6-10, WOKING New Victoria Theatre September 13-17, AYLESBURY Waterside Theatre September 20-24, LICHFIELD Garrick Theatre September 27-October 1, BIRMINGHAM Alexandra Theatre October 3-8, CARDIFF New Theatre October 11-15, BRIDLINGTON Spa October 17-22, CHELTENHAM Everyman Theatre October 26-29, COVENTRY Belgrade Theatre October 31-November 5, MANCHESTER Palace Theatre November 14-19, GLASGOW King’s Theatre November 22-26, BLACKPOOL Grand Theatre.