Calamity Jane is to take the stage to His Majesty’s Theatre

Calamity Jane is to take the stage to His Majesty’s Theatre

West End theatre star Jodie Prenger is heading the cast of a touring production of the classical musical Calamity Jane coming to His Majesty’s Theatre in Aberdeen next summer.

The forthcoming new show begins a seven-week run at The Watermill Theatre in Newburgh, on Thursday, July 17 before starting an extensive national tour.

It will take the production to His Majesty’s Theatre in June next year and tickets go on sale this summer to APA Friends on Thursday, July 31 and to the general public on Tuesday, August 5, online at www.aberdeenperformingarts.com, by phone at 01224 641122 and at Aberdeen Box Office at the Music Hall and His Majesty’s Theatre.

APA press manager Joyce Summers says: “We're hugely excited to bring Jodie and Calamity Jane to His Majesty's Theatre - it's doubly great in that Jodie is carving out a career as one of the greats of musical theatre since her debut in Oliver and Calamity Jane is just one of the greatest musical movies of all time.

"It's going to be one of the hottest tickets of the summer.”

Playing the title role of Calamity Jane, Jodie is probably best known for winning the role of Nancy in Cameron Mackintosh’s West End production of Oliver! through the BBC television series I’d Do Anything. During her run in the show at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane she received both critical and public acclaim for her portrayal of the role.

Since then she has starred in the National Theatre’s hit production of One Man, Two Guvnors both in the West End and on tour and as Lady of the Lake in Spamalot. She is also a regular presenter on BBC Radio 2.

Joining Jodie on stage will be Tom Lister as Wild Bill Hickok, Alex Hammond as Danny and Pheobe Street as Katie Brown.

Most recently seen in Grimes and Eel in the world premiere of Water Babies at Leicester Curve, Tom is probably best known to TV audiences for his role as Carl King in ITV’s Emmerdale, a part he played for nine years. His theatre credits also include Pan in Loves Mistress at the Globe Theatre and Ralph in Accrington Pals at the West Yorkshire Playhouse.

Alex made his professional debut in the hugely successful Taboo at the Brixton Academy and most recently played the role of Adam Pontipee in the national tour of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.

Phoebe most recently appeared in The Light Princess at the National Theatre and her other credits include Les Miserables at the Queen’s Theatre where she made her West End debut.

Calamity Jane will be directed by Nikolai Foster, who’s most recent theatre credits include the 20th Anniversary production of Jonathan Harvey’s Beautiful Thing both in the West End and on tour, Annie at the West Yorkshire Playhouse and the national tour of The Witches of Eastwick.

Adapted for the stage by Charles K Freeman, Calamity Jane won international acclaim as the 1953 film starring Doris Day and Howard Keel based an alleged romance between Calamity Jane and Wild Bill Hickok in the days of the American Old West.

The hard, boastful and desperate-to-impress girl, who can outrun and outshoot any man in Deadwood, travels to Chicago to recruit a star, Adelaide Adams, for the Deadwood stage.

But things don’t go too smoothly for Calamity, as everyone in town favours the new girl and she struggles to keep her jealousy and pride in check. It takes Wild Bill Hickok to make her see sense, and realise her Secret Love…

Calamity Jane has an Oscar-nominated score that includes The Black Hills of Dakota, The Deadwood Stage (Whip-Crack-Away), Just Blew in from the Windy City and the award-winning song Secret Love.

Posted on Wednesday 18 June

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