Ross Noble, Lesley Joseph and Hadley Fraser will lead the cast of Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein – the classic comedy musical based on the Oscar-nominated smash hit movie – which opens in the West End in September.
Dianne Pilkington (Wicked), Summer Strallen (Top Hat, The Sound of Music) and Patrick Clancy (The Producers, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat) will also feature.
The production will play a pre West End season at the Theatre Royal Newcastle from August 26 to September 9 before moving into the Garrick Theatre to start previews on September 28.
Hadley Fraser will play the title role of Dr Frederick Frankenstein, grandson of the infamous Dr Victor Frankenstein, and immortalised by Gene Wilder in the 1974 film.
His stage credits include Les Miserables, Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company’s The Winter’s Tale & Harlequinade at the Garrick Theatre and Coriolanus, City of Angels, The Vote and Saint Joan at the Donmar.
Comic Ross Noble, who previously starred in a national tour of Mel Brooks’ The Producers, will play the hilarious role of the hunchbacked, bug-eyed servant Igor.
Ross is one of the UK’s most original and exciting performers: a stand-up comedian since the age of 15, his countless accolades include Time Out award winner for best live stand-up, Barry Award winner, Perrier Award nominee and several Chortle Awards.
Unveiling a new sell-out show every year for the last 20 years, Ross is one of the most successful comedians of our time.
Birds of a Feather Lesley Joseph is Frau Blucher, the forbidding housekeeper to the Frankenstein family estate in Transylvania.
Lesley has a wealth of theatrical experience and recently played Miss Hanniganin in the 2016 UK tour of Annie.
The company will include Imogen Brooke, Matt Crandon, Nathan Elwick, Kelly Ewins-Prouse, Andrew Gordon-Watkins, Sammy Kelly, Richard Pitt, Harriet Samuel-Gray, Gemma Scholes, Emily Squibb, Aron Wild and Josh Wilmott.
Young Frankenstein, the wickedly inspired re-imagining of the Mary Shelley classic, sees Frederick Frankenstein, an esteemed New York brain surgeon and professor, inherit a castle and laboratory in Transylvania from his deranged genius grandfather, Victor Von Frankenstein.
He now faces a dilemma – does he continue to run from his family’s tortured past or does he stay in Transylvania to carry on his grandfather’s mad experiments reanimating the dead and, in the process, fall in love with his sexy lab assistant Inga?
Based on the hilarious 1974 film, and co-written with Thomas Meehan, Brooks will once again collaborate with Broadway director and choreographer Susan Stroman for this all-singing all-dancing new production, bringing his and Gene Wilder’s classic movie to life on stage.
Young Frankenstein starts previews at London’s Garrick Theatre from September 28.