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Kate Fleetwood to play Cruella de Vil in 101 Dalmatians at Regent's Park Open Air Theatre

Kate Fleetwood. Photo credit: Faye Thomas.

Casting news

OLIVIER and Tony Award nominee Kate Fleetwood will play the iconic villain, Cruella de Vil, in Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre’s production of 101 Dalmatians. Directed by Timothy Sheader, it runs from May 16 to June 21, 2020.

Based on Dodie Smith’s original story set in the heart of Regent’s Park, 101 Dalmatians is a newly commissioned musical with book by Zinnie Harris and music and lyrics by Douglas Hodge.

Kate Fleetwood’s previous stage roles include: Lady Macbeth (Chichester Festival/Gielgud/BAM/Broadway) for which she was nominated for a Tony Award, Medea (Almeida) and Goneril in King Lear (National Theatre). She also appeared in Absolute Hell and Ugly Lies the Bone (National Theatre), Bug (Found111) and Life is a Dream (Donmar Warehouse), for which she received a WhatsOnStage Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress.

She received an Olivier Award nomination for Best Actress in a Musical for London Road (National Theatre), and she also played Tracy Lord in High Society (The Old Vic).

Fleetwood’s television credits include: Victoria, War and Peace, The People Next Door and The Widower, and last year she filmed regular roles in Brave New World and Fate: The Winx Club Saga, to be aired soon on Peacock and Netflix respectively. She will soon complete filming a leading role in Amazon’s forthcoming Wheel of Time.

Her film credits include: Star Wars: The Force Awakens, The Negotiator, London Road, Philomena, Les Misérables and Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows: Part 1.

101 Dalmatians will have set and costume design by Katrina Lindsay, choreography by Liam Steel, puppet design and direction by Toby Olié, musical supervision and orchestrations by Sarah Travis, lighting by Howard Hudson, sound by Nick Lidster for Autograph and musical direction by Tarek Merchant. Casting is by Jill Green with children’s casting by Verity Naughton.

Full casting will be announced in due course.

NB: Kate Fleetwood will not appear at the matinee performances on June 3, 10 or 17.

Read more about Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre’s 2020 Season.

Image: Kate Fleetwood. Photo credit: Faye Thomas.