A second coming as Hugh Dennis returns to the stage for The Messiah tour

It has only taken 20 years but actor, comic and game show host, Hugh Dennis is returning to the stage to star in Patrick Barlow’s new show, The Messiah.

Three towering talents – Dennis, John Marquez and Lesley Garrett – will play a cast of thousands in this new comedy by the writer of the Olivier Award-winning West End hit The 39 Steps in a UK tour this autumn.

A travelling theatre troupe of two actors and an opera singer are set to arrive on camel at venues across the UK to masterfully enact the greatest story ever told.

Join the absurdly talented Maurice Rose (Hugh Dennis), the alarmingly unpredictable Ronald Bream RAC (John Marquez), and the distinguished diva Mrs Doreen Small (Lesley Garrett), in a hilarious Christmas comedy that conjures up the sublime, the ridiculous and the truly angelic.

Joseph, Mary, the Archangel Gabriel, Herod, God and an ox are all authentically portrayed in this vibrant comedy weaving visual invention with a hint of the divine, The Messiah is a love letter to theatre, theology and the great man himself.

Hugh Dennis is one of Britain’s best loved comics and an award winning and multi-award nominated actor and writer. He’s star of the BBC2 hit panel show, Mock The Week and BBC1’s hilarious sitcom Outnumbered. He is also a firm radio favourite, both writing and presenting Radio 4’s award winning comedy The Now Show and Radio 2’s It’s Been A Bad Week.

Lesley Garrett is Britain’s best-known soprano, regularly appearing in opera, musical theatre, concert, television and on CDs.

And John Marquez is best known for his role as PC Joe Penhale in the hit ITV Comedy series, Doc Martin. TV roles include Porridge, In the Club, Death in Paradise, Hotel Babylon and Suburban Shootout. Recent theatre roles include Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (The Savoy Theatre) and Once in a Lifetime (The Young Vic).

Writer, Patrick Barlow, will also direct the production.

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October 15 – 27, Birmingham Rep Theatre
October 29 – November 3, New Theatre, Cardiff
November 5 – 10, Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield
November 12 – 17, Cheltenham Everyman Theatre
November 26 – December 1, Richmond Theatre –
December 3 – January 5, The Other Palace –


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