FULL casting has been announced for the sensational feel-good musical MAMMA MIA! which comes to the New Theatre Oxford from November 14 – 25 as part of its UK tour.

 

Helen Hobson (Donna Sheridan), Gillian Hardie (Rosie), Emma Clifford (Tanya), Alex Bourne (Sam Carmichael), Jamie Hogarth (Harry Bright), Christopher Hollis (Bill Austin), Lucy May Barker (Sophie Sheridan), Phillip Ryan (Sky), Fia Houston-Hamilton (Ali), Blaise Colangelo (Lisa), Louis Stockil (Pepper) and Brad Veitch (Eddie) will star in the production from Monday 13 February 2017.

 

Completing the cast are Erica Jayne Alden, Peter Saul Blewdon, Aine Curran, Chris Durtnal, Gillian Ford, Tilly Ford, Ian Gareth-Jones, Morgan Jackson, Rory Maguire, Kay Milbourne, Hollie Nelson, Charlotte O’Rourke, Ellie Rutherford, Rebecca Seale, Oliver Tester, Kyle Wardlaw, Jamie Wilkin and James Wolstenholme. 

MAMMA MIA! is Judy Craymer’s ingenious vision of staging the story-telling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs with an enchanting tale of family and friendship unfolding on a Greek island paradise. To date, it has been seen by more than 60 million people in 50 productions in 16 different languages. MAMMA MIA! The Movie starring Meryl Streep and Pierce Brosnan, is the highest worldwide grossing live-action musical film of all time.

 

From West End to global phenomenon, the London production of MAMMA MIA! has now been seen by more than 10% of the entire UK population. It is one of only five musicals to have run for more than 10 years both on Broadway and in the West End, and in 2011, it became the first Western musical ever to be staged in Mandarin in the People’s Republic of China.

 

With music & lyrics by Benny Andersson & Björn Ulvaeus, MAMMA MIA! is written by Catherine Johnson, directed by Phyllida Lloyd and choreographed by Anthony Van Laast. The production is designed by Mark Thompson, with lighting design by Howard Harrison, sound design by Andrew Bruce & Bobby Aitken, and musical supervision, additional material & arrangements by Martin Koch.

 

The MAMMA MIA! UK Tour is produced by Judy Craymer, Richard East & Björn Ulvaeus for Littlestar in association with Universal and NGM.

 

Tickets can be purchased from the New Theatre box office on George Street, by ringing  0844 871 3020 or by visiting our website at www.atgtickets.com/oxford (phone and internet bookings subject to booking/transaction fee. Calls are charged at 7p per minute, plus your phone company’s access charge.).

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CAST BIOGS

 

Helen Hobson plays Donna Sheridan. Helen is a graduate of Mountview Academy, under Peter mark Coxhead. Theatre includes: Madame Vion in Only the Brave (Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff), Bakkhai (Almeida), Mrs Davies in Sunny Afternoon (Hampstead Theatre), Mother Abbess in The Sound of Music (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), Donna in MAMMA MIA! (international tour, Prince of Wales Theatre, Novello Theatre, West End), The Sunny Side of the Street (Jermyn Street Theatre), Ma in The Human Comedy (Young Vic), Mrs Johnston in Blood Brothers (Phoenix and national tour), Pauline in The Lady in the Van (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Vera in Stepping Out (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Rita in Educating Rita (Palace Theatre, Westcliff), Cathy in Heathcliff  (Hammersmith and UK tour), Clara in Passion (Queen’s),  Mrs Walker in Tommy (European premier tour of Germany), Grizabella in Cats (UK tour), Minerva in Mr Cinders (King’s Head Theatre), Eliza in My Fair Lady (UK tour), Rose Vibert in Aspects of Love (Prince of Wales Theatre), Mrs Lyons in Blood Brothers (Noël Coward Theatre), Ensemble in Les Misérables , Ensemble  in Chess (Prince Edward Theatre) and Mary Magdalene in Jesus Christ Superstar (Aberystwyth, Theatr Clwyd). Helen is a part of the vocal harmony group www.accessallarias.co.uk Film and television include: Minister in Hollyoaks (Channel 4), Tess in Doctors (BBC), Sally in Lovelorn for Tread Softly Productions (Best Supporting Actress at the LA Showreel Festival), Mary in Heartbeat (ITV), Laura Burns in Red Cap (BBC), Mrs Leroy in EastEnders (BBC), Patricia in New Tricks (Wall to Wall) and Sue in Rosemary & Thyme (Carnival Films).

 

Kay Milbourne plays Alternate Donna. Training: London School of Musical Theatre. Theatre includes: Cover Mrs Davies/ Marsha in Sunny Afternoon (Harold Pinter Theatre), Dead Mam/Cover Mrs Wilkinson in Billy Elliot (Victoria Palace), Toni in The Young Ones – World Premiere (Upstairs at The Gatehouse, Highgate) and Ensemble in Oklahoma! (Broadway Theatre, Catford). Concert includes: Backing Vocals for The Monroes (Sir Elton John’s Support Act at Brunton Park, Carlisle) and Lead Vocalist at Thursford Christmas Spectacular.

 

Gillian Hardie plays Rosie. Training: Guildford School of Acting. Theatre includes: Trish in Kinky Boots (Adelphi), Brenda/Ensemble in Blood Brothers (UK tour), Bunny in Saucy Jack and The Space Vixens (The Vaults, London Bridge), Ensemble in Bad Girls The Musical (Garrick Theatre), Beryl in One Dream – The Beryl Marsden Story (Epstein Theatre, Liverpool), Maggie in Broken Biscuits (Lantern Theatre, Liverpool), Fiona in When I was A Girl  I Used to Scream and Shout (Unity Theatre, Liverpool),  Louise in Dreaming of a Barry White Christmas (Echo Arena, Liverpool), Mrs Kay in Our Day Out, Bernie in Stags and Hens, Donna in Slappers and Slapheads and Mal in On The Ledge (Royal Court Theatre, Liverpool), Judith in Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens (King’s Head Theatre, Islington), Tina in Tina Duckett Says (Epstein Theatre, Liverpool), Principal Boy in Mother Goose (Secombe Theatre, London), Wicked Queen in Sleeping Beauty (Theatre Royal Wakefield) and Dandini in Cinderella (Sutton Arts Theatre). Television includes: Pam Blake in Doctors, WPC Linda Kenyon in Merseybeat, Her in Domestic (BBC), Carol in Toilet Humour (BBC Radio) and Noreen in Escape Plan C.  Other credits include: Gillian is one half of double act ‘Caz ‘n’ Britney’ co-writing, producing and touring Scottie Road The Musical – From Primark to Prison (Edinburgh 2014) and Mis Les – A Revolution in Rollers.

 

Emma Clifford plays Tanya. Theatre includes: Baroness Elsa Schraeder in The Sound of Music  (Curve Theatre, Leicester), Catwoman  in Batman Live World Arena Tour (Water Lane Productions Ltd), Mademoiselle Y in The Stronger (Arcola), Speed-the-Plow (Old Vic), Olivia in Twelfth Night (Birmingham Stage Company, London), Roxy Hart in Chicago (Cambridge Theatre), Maudlin Yellowhammer in A Chaste Maid  in Cheapside (Bristol Old Vic), Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing (RSC), Young Sally in Follies (Raymond Gubbay)  and Anita in West Side Story (David Ian Productions). Film includes: Zodangan Helm in John Carter of Mars, Ms Rossi in Lesbian Vampire Killers, Elaine in Pelican Blood and Deputy Ally Lane in Wrong Turn 3. Television includes: Amanda in New Blood, Wallace Simpson in Upstairs Downstairs and Mara in Krod Mandoon.

 

Alex Bourne plays Sam Carmichael. Theatre includes: Ensemble in Showboat (Royal Shakespeare Company/ Opera North), Buddy Holly in Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story (E&B Productions), John Lennon/Bobby Vee/ Bruce Springstein in Only the Lonely (Bill Kenwright Ltd.), Kenickie in Grease (Robert Stigwood Organisation), Danny Zuko in Grease (Robert Stigwood Organisation), Gaston in Beauty and The Beast (Walt Disney Theatrical), Frank ‘N’ Furter in Rocky Horror Show (Turnstyle), Lead vocalist in Magnificent Musicals, Beast in Beauty and the Beast (Walt Disney Theatrical), Dean Martin in The Rat Pack (Flying Music), Billy Flynn in Chicago (Adelphi), Khashoggi in We Will Rock You (Dominion), Fred Graham/Petruchio in Kiss Me Kate (Chichester Festival Theatre and The Old Vic), Daryl in Witches of Eastwick (Watermill Theatre, Newbury), Billy Flynn in Chicago (China Tour), Harrison Howell in Kiss Me Kate (Royal Albert Hall/BBC PROMS), Bob in Midsummer Songs (The New Wolsey Theatre) and Daddy Warbucks in Annie (UK tour). Workshops include: Manonegra in Children of the Sun (Quecha Theatricals Ltd), Ivan in Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (Ambassador Theatre Group), Dr Arula in Vampi (Batty Productions Ltd), Lex in Eugenius (First Family Entertainment).

 

Jamie Hogarth plays Harry Bright. Training: The Academy of Creative Training in Brighton. Theatre includes: Sergeant ‘Dusty’ Miller in Flare Path (UK tour), Tony in Abigail’s Party (Bath Theatre Royal and Wyndham’s), PC Terry Fordham in Plague Over England (Duchess), Gary Lejeune in Noises Off (UK tour), Richard Warwick in The Unexpected Guest (Bill Kenwright Productions). Television includes: Officer Davies in The Crown, Sgt.  Felix in Night Shift, Jamie in Kidnap Dairies. Other credits include: extensive voiceover work, including, Good Morning Britain, ITV, BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio 4.

 

Christopher Hollis plays Bill Austin. Training: Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art and St Andrews University (MA Hons in English). Theatre includes: Oberon in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (PSF), Bill Austin in MAMMA MIA! (Novello), Benvolio in Romeo and Juliet (Playhouse, Salisbury), Sebastian in Twelfth Night (RSC), Demetrius in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Tyrell and Blunt in Richard III, Robin Hood in Sherwood (Regent’s Park Open Air), Lysander in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Theatre Royal, York), Aurelius in Vortigern (Bridewell Theatre), Absalom in The Rape of Tamar (Lyric Studio), Danceny in Les Liaisons Dangereuses (RSC and West End), Borachio in Much Ado About Nothing (Strand Theatre), Yolland in Translations (Chichester Studio), Sebastian in Twelfth Night (Renaissance), Vassievich in The Proposal (King’s Head, London), Riccaut  in Minna Von Barnhelm (Young Vic Studio), Beckett in  What the Butler Saw (Everyman, Cheltenham), Candide in Candide (Edinburgh Festival), Wolfgang in The Pied Piper, Levell in The Royal Baccarat Scandal and Sebastian in  The Tempest (Chichester Festival Theatre). Film includes: Maybe Never (CrissCross), Frankenstein (Shelley Productions) and Playing It Straight (LIFS). Television includes: Godfrey Higgs in A Serpent in Eden, Richard in Life Begins 3, Mike in The Bill, John in Lady Jane, CMD Wingrave in Take a Girl Like You, Mark Newcombe in A Touch of Frost, Toby Rivers in Brookside and Nigel in God’s Frontiersman.

 

Lucy May Barker plays Sophie Sheridan. Theatre includes: Ilse in Spring Awakening (original cast Lyric Hammersmith and Novello), Marina in Earthquakes in London and Millie in Really Old Like Forty Five (NT), Mercy Lewis in The Crucible (Regent’s Park Open Air), Clarissa in The Reluctant Debutant (UK tour), Johanna in Sweeney Todd (Chichester Festival Theatre and Adelphi), Cherry Buck in Ben Travers’s Thark, as part of the inaugural season at the Park Theatre, Baby Belgrave in Ace of Clubs (Union Theatre), Ado Annie in Oklahoma! (UK tour) and Betty in Pine (Hampstead). Film includes: Nursemaid in The Woman in Black. Television includes: George in The Culshaw and Stephenson Impressions Show, Belinda De Lacey in Scoop!  and Chris in Doctors. Radio includes: Lucy can also be heard in the radio dramas Lost in Mexico, The Russian Gambler (BBC Radio 4) and Charlotte Pollard (Big Finish).

 

Phillip Ryan plays Sky. Training: Arts Educational Schools. Theatre includes: Trainspotting (Edinburgh Festival), Defect for Perfect Pitch and a workshop of Head’s Up for No Fun Productions.

Fia Houston-Hamilton plays Ali. Training: Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts and The Hammond School. Theatre credits include: Rachel in Town is Dead (Abbey Theatre, Dublin), Yarico in Yarico (Trestle Theatre), Ensemble in Ghost the Musical (Singapore), Gospel Soloist / Landlady in Violet (Bernie Grant Arts Centre) and Kyra in Bare (Union Theatre).

 

Blaise Colangelo plays Lisa. Training: Reynolds Performing Arts in Dartford. Theatre includes: Teen Fiona and Tweedle Dum in Shrek the Musical (Theatre Royal, Drury Lane), Ensemble and understudy Wendy in Peter Pan (UK Productions, Assembly Halls Theatre, Tunbridge Wells), Ensemble and understudy Fairy Kindheart in Jack and the Beanstalk (Assembly Halls Theatre, Tunbridge Wells), Angela Robson in Billy Elliot (Victoria Palace) and Young Eponine in Les Misérables (Palace Theatre).

 

Louis Stockil plays Pepper. Training: Arts Educational Schools. Theatre includes: RAGS in concert (2014), Ensemble and Understudy Tom Thumb in Barnum (UK tour) and Noah Claypole in Oliver! (Leicester Curve).

 

Brad Veitch plays Eddie. Training: Arts Educational Schools, London. Theatre includes: Swing/1st cover Pepper, 3rd cover Eddie/3rd cover Sky in MAMMA MIA! (Novello Theatre), Dancer/ Played Bad Fairy/Understudy Prince in Sleeping Beauty (Rhyl Pavilion) and Ensemble in Rags the Musical – in Concert (Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith) and Prince in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (Buxton Opera House). Recordings include: The Confession Room – Concept Recording (Dan Looney) and The Barricade Boys – album. Other work includes: The Barricade Boys, Ensemble in the 2013 Laurence Olivier Awards and 2014 Laurence Olivier Awards (Royal Opera House, London).

 

Nikki Davis Jones is Resident Director. Theatre includes: Assistant Director for ALICE. A New Musical (St James’s Theatre), Elphaba in Wicked (UK/Ireland tour), Secretary in Lift (Soho Theatre), The Girl in Blues in the Night (Hackney Empire), Maureen in Rent (UK tour), Standby Elphaba in Wicked (Apollo Victoria), Serena in Fame (UK tour), Bubbles/ Chloe in Never Forget (Savoy Theatre), Lisa/Sophie in MAMMA MIA! (Prince of Wales Theatre) and Linda in Blood Brothers (Phoenix). Film includes: MAMMA MIA!.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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