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Casting announced for the UK tour of Kinky Boots

Casting news

CASTING has been announced for the forthcoming UK tour of the hit musical Kinky Boots, which opens at the Royal & Derngate in Northampton on September 19, 2018, returning to the home of this heart-warming British story.

Callum Francis, who most recently starred as Lola in the Australian Tour of Kinky Boots and won the 2017 Helpmann Award for Best Male Actor in a Musical, will play Lola until December 15, 2018, with Kayi Ushe (Motown the Musical, Shaftesbury Theatre, The Book of Mormon, Prince of Wales Theatre) taking over the role from December 17.

Paula Lane, known for her role as Kylie Platt in Coronation Street, will play Lauren with Joel Harper-Jackson (Jesus Christ Superstar, Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, Beautiful – The Carole King Musical, Aldwych Theatre) as Charlie.

Also joining the Kinky Boots cast will be Demitri Lampra (as Don), Adam Price (George) and Helen Ternent (Nicola).

They will be accompanied by Charlie Allen, Nicola Avino, Lizzie Bea, Joshua St Clair, Connor Collins, Daniel Conway, Shaun Dalton, John Dempsey, Niki Evans, Mary Fox, Scarlet Gabriel, Damon Gould, George Grayson, Portia Harry, Joshua Lovell, Jacob McIntosh, Chileshe Mondelle, Alfie Parker, Fred Smiley, Toyan Thomas-Browne, Andy Watkins and Jason Winter.

With a book by Broadway legend and four-time Tony® Award-winner Harvey Fierstein (La Cage aux Folles), and songs by Grammy® and Tony® winning pop icon Cyndi Lauper, this joyous musical celebration is about the friendships we discover, and the belief that you can change the world when you change your mind.

Inspired by true events, Kinky Boots takes audiences from a gentlemen’s shoe factory in Northampton to the glamorous catwalks of Milan. Charlie Price is struggling to live up to his father’s expectations and continue the family business of Price & Son. With the factory’s future hanging in the balance, help arrives in the unlikely but spectacular form of Lola, a fabulous performer in need of some sturdy new stilettos.

With direction and choreography by two-time Tony® Award-winner Jerry Mitchell (Legally Blonde, Hairspray), Kinky Boots is the winner of every major Best Musical award including three Olivier Awards, three WhatsOnStage Awards and six Broadway Tony® Awards.

Following the Northampton dates, Kinky Boots will tour to Wolverhampton, Newcastle, Manchester, Edinburgh, Canterbury, Stoke on Trent, Llandudno, Oxford, Bristol, Birmingham, Liverpool, Leeds, Aberdeen, Glasgow, Nottingham, Sheffield, Sunderland, Plymouth, Cardiff and Southampton.

Kinky Boots continues at the Adelphi Theatre in London until January 12, 2019.