Theatr Clwyd and Chichester Festival Theater have announced the full cast for the world premiere of the new musical The Famous Five, based on the much-loved books by Enid Blyton, written by Elinor Cook with lyrics and music by Theo Jamieson. Artistic Director of Theatr Clwyd Tamara Harvey directs Ailsa Dalling as puppeteer and puppet company, Elisa De Gray as Timmy puppeteer and puppet company, Lara Denning as Aunt Fanny, Maria Goodman as George, Sam Harrison as Bobby, Isabella Methven as Anne, David Ricardo- Pearce as Uncle Quentin, Louis Suc as Dick, Kibong Tanji as Rowena and Dewi Wykes as Julian. The production opens at Theatr Clwyd on 29 September with performances from 23 September and runs until 15 October, before playing at Chichester Festival Theater from 25 October to 12 November, with performances from 21 October .
When George and his dog Timmy find out that his cousins Julian, Anne and Dick are coming to stay, they know for sure that all summer is over. But just outside the bay is Kirrin Island and a castle filled with mysteries to solve. Together they embark on a daring mission with the future of the world at stake – a mission that could make the Famous Five…
Based on Enid Blyton’s best-selling novels, this award-winning new musical by Elinor Cook, with music and lyrics by Theo Jamieson, is heartwarming and heartwarming. Directed by Olivier winner Tamara Harvey (Home, I’m Darling).
Ailsa Dalling plays the puppeteer and the puppet team. His theater credits include: Animal Farm (UK tour), Angelo, The Adventures of Curious Ganz, The Wolves in the Walls (Little Angel Theatre), The Wizard of Oz (Leeds Playhouse), The Dancing Frog (UK tour) and with Venus & Adonis (RSC).
Elisa De Gray plays Timmy the puppeteer and the puppet team. His theater credits include: Animal Farm (UK tour), Peter Pan (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), Goodnight Mister Tom (Phoenix Theatre), Pinocchio, A Christmas Carol (Citizens Theatre), Running Wild (UK tour), Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons: A Practice (Shakespeare’s Globe), The Wolves in the Walls (Little Angel Theatre), No Way Out (Southwark Playhouse), Cinderella, Robin Hood and The Lottie Project (Polka Theatre).
Lara Denning plays Aunt Fanny. His theater credits include: Everybody’s Talking About Jamie (UK tour), The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13¾ (Ambassadors Theatre/Menier Chocolate Factory), Ruthless! The Musical (Arts Theatre), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Theatre Royal Drury Lane), Matilda (Cambridge Theatre), Scrooge the Musical (Curve Theatre), Dick Whittington (Bristol Hippodrome), The Rocky Horror Show (world tour) , Gotta Sing, Just Dance (UK tour), All the Fun at the Fair (UK tour), Don’t You Bring Me Flowers (UK tour), Can Can (Sadler’s Wells) and Carousel (Kilworth) House Theatre).
Maria Goodman plays George. His theater credits include Jabberwocky (The Other Palace/Theatre Royal Margate), South Pacific, Aladdin, Mother Goose (Lyceum Theatre), Peter Pan (Theatre Royal Margate) and What We Wanted (Crucible Theatre) . His television credits include Ted’s Top Ten.
Sam Harrison plays Bobby. His stage credits include: The Magician’s Elephant (RSC), Love is Only Love (Chichester Minerva), The Wizard of Oz (Leeds Playhouse), Les Misérables (Queen’s Theatre), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (West Yorkshire Playhouse/UK tour) , East, Ho! (Shakespeare’s Globe), A Damsel in Distress (Chichester Festival), By Jeeves (Trinity Theatre), The Phantom of the Opera (UK tour), Salad Days (Riverside Studios), Crazy for You (London Palladium) and Avenue Q ( Gielgud theater). His film credits include Under the Jericho Sun and Foxtrot One One.
Isabelle Methven plays Anne. Her theater credits include: Annie the Musical (Piccadilly Theatre), School of Rock (New London Theater – original UK cast), Mary Poppins (world tour), The Sound of Music (UK tour), Les Misérables (Queen’s Theatre), La Traviata, Carmen and Die Meistersinger (Royal Opera House).
David Ricardo-Pearce plays Uncle Quentin. His theater credits include We Began to Sing (Arcola Theatre), Saint Joan (National Theatre), Kiss Me Kate (Watermill Theatre), The Last Yankee Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, The Hired Man (Octagon Theatre), The Lorax (Old Vic ), The Middlemarch Trilogy, De Montford (Orange Tree Theatre), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Bristol Old Vic), The Rover (Hampton Court Palace), The Big Fellah (Lyric Hammersmith) ), Annie Get Your Gun ( Young Vic Theatre), Privates on Parade (West Yorkshire Playhouse/Birmingham Rep), The Car Cemetery (Gate Theatre), Two Cities (Salisbury Playhouse) and Tom’s Midnight Garden (Unicorn Theatre). His television credits include Traitors, Trauma, The Spa, Outnumbered, Extras and Border Crossing.
Louis Suc plays Dick. Her theater credits include: Charlie & The Chocolate Factory (Theatre Royal Drury Lane) and Matilda (Cambridge Theatre). His film credits include: I’ll See You, High-Rise, The White King and My Cousin Rachel; and for television, Goldie’s Oldies, Rhyme Time Town and Mike the Knight.
Kibong Tanji plays Rowena. Her theater credits include TINA, The Tina Turner Musical (Aldwych Theatre), Hairspray (London Coliseum), Misty (Trafalgar Studios), The Sun, The Moon and The Stars (Theatre Royal Stratford East), The Ministry of Lesbian Affairs ( Soho Theatre). ) and All My Sons (Queen’s Theater Hornchurch).
Dewi Wykes plays Julian. Her stage credits include Petula (National Theater Wales) and The Three Seagulls (Bristol Old Vic). Her television series include Y Goleudy and The Sister Boniface Mysteries.
Elinor Cook is the winner of the 2013 George Devine Award for Most Promising Playwright and a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Award 2018. For television, she has written Killing Eve, The Secrets and The Essex Serpent. His commission for Paines Plow Roundabout Season, Out of Love, ran at the Orange Tree Theater in Spring 2018, opened at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2017 and then toured the UK. In 2017, he was commissioned by the Donmar Warehouse to adapt Henrik Ibsen’s The Lady from the Sea, directed by Kwame Kwei-Armah for the Donmar’s Autumn/Winter 2017 season. Other credits previously: Extra Yarn (Orange Tree Theatre), Pilgrims (Hightide Festival/The Yard/Theatr Clwyd), Ten Weeks and the Portrait of an Unknown Woman (Gate Theatre), The Boy Preference (National Theater Connections 2015), The Girl’s Guide to Saving the World (Hightide Festival) and This Is Where We Went When You Came In (Bush Theatre).
Tamara Harvey became Artistic Director of Theatr Clwyd in 2015. Her work for the company includes Olivier Award-winning Home, I’m Darling by Laura Wade, produced with the National Theatre; Much Ado About Nothing, the title of Elinor Cook’s award-winning play, Pilgrims; David Hare’s Skylight, and Peter Gill’s new version of Uncle Vanya. Before joining Theater Clwyd, Harvey was a freelance director for fifteen years, working in the West End, across the UK and beyond in classic plays, rewrites, musical theater and film. Beginning his career at Shakespeare’s Globe, he has also directed at, among others, Hampstead Theatre, Bush Theatre, St James Theatre, Finborough Theatre, Trafalgar Studios, Menier Chocolate Factory, Birmingham Rep, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Theater Royal Northampton and Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey.
Enid Blyton and The Famous Five are trademarks of Hodder & Stoughton Limited.
This production at Theater Clwyd is supported by the Carne Trust Trainee Directors Scheme.