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Production images released of Sweet Charity at the Donmar Warehouse

Adrian Lester

Casting news

PRODUCTION images have been released of Sweet Charity. To view them, click here.

Previously Posted: The Donmar Warehouse has announced initial casting for the role Daddy Brubeck in Josie Rourke’s production of Sweet Charity, which runs at the Donmar Warehouse from Saturday, April 6 to Saturday, June 8, 2019.

Multiple guest actors will play the role of Daddy Brubeck including Shaq Taylor (from April 6 to April 13), Adrian Lester (April 15 to April 27), Le Gateau Chocolat (during the week beginning April 29), Beverley Knight (during the week beginning May 6) and Clive Rowe (during the week beginning May 13) with further casting to be announced.

They will join cast members Lizzy Connolly, Arthur Darvill (as Oscar), Lauren Drew, Anne-Marie Duff (as Charity), Jo Eaton-Kent, Will Haswell, Charlotte Jaconelli, Stephen Kennedy, Debbie Kurup, Martin Marquez, Ryan Reid, Amy Ellen Richardson and Danielle Steers.

Shaq Taylor (Daddy Brubeck/Ensemble) makes his Donmar Warehouse debut in Sweet Charity. His theatre credits include Hadestown (National Theatre), Sweet Charity (Nottingham Playhouse) and Les Misérables (Queen’s Theatre). His film work includes The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.

Adrian Lester OBE (Daddy Brubeck) is an award-winning actor and director. He returns to the Donmar Warehouse following his Olivier Award-winning performance in Company at both the Donmar and in the West End. His career started with a string of successful West End productions including Company, Six Degrees of Separation (Royal Court) and Sweeny Todd (National Theatre), before he took the lead role in Mike Nichol’s film Primary Colors. His other film credits include The Day After Tomorrow, As You Like It, Love’s Labour’s Lost, Grey Lady, Dust, Case 39 and Mary Queen of Scots, directed by Josie Rourke.

Lester is also well known for his TV work including the long running BBC1 series Hustle, Sky Atlantic’s Riviera, US sitcom Girlfriends, Undercover and Trauma. His directing credits include Hustle, Riviera, short film Of Mary and The Greatest Wealth at The Old Vic.

He has played the title roles in Henry V and Othello (National Theatre), for which he won Best Actor at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards; Rosalind in As You Like It (Declan Donnellan/Cheek By Jowl); Ira Aldridge in Red Velvet (Tricycle Theatre/St. Ann’s Warehouse, New York/Garrick Theatre), for which he won Best Actor at the Critics’ Circle Awards; Hamlet in Peter Brook’s The Tragedy Of Hamlet (London, Paris, Japan and New York), Guys & Dolls (Royal Albert Hall) and the recent Cost of Living (Hampstead Theatre).

Le Gateau Chocolat (Daddy Brubeck) makes his Donmar Warehouse debut in Sweet Charity. Theatre credits include Twelfth Night (Shakespeare’s Globe), The Bear and the Proposal, Tobias and the Angel (Young Vic), Threepenny Opera (National Theatre), Porgy and Bess (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), Imago (Glyndebourne), Varjak Paw (Royal Opera House), Duckie (Southbank Centre), Black (Soho Theatre/Tour), Le Gateau Chocolat (Menier Chocolate Factory), La Soiree (Roundhouse), Hair (Old Market), Jesus Christ Superstar, La Cage Aux Folles (Theatre Royal Brighton), La Traviata (Barn Theatre) and Peter Pan (Theatre Lighthouse).

His screen credits include Emmerdale, Lewis, K1A, Operatunity and Random Acts (TV) and London Road (film).

Beverley Knight

Beverley Knight (Daddy Brubeck) also makes her Donmar Warehouse debut in Sweet Charity. Theatre credits include Cats (London Palladium), Memphis The Musical (Shaftesbury Theatre), for which she received an Olivier Award Nomination as Best Actress in a Musical, The Bodyguard (Dominion Theatre and Ed Mirvish Theatre, Toronto) and Sylvia (The Old Vic).

Knight has released eight studio albums, and her latest album Soulsville was released in June 2016 and went straight into the UK Top 10. Additionally, she recently took part in Songs from the Stage released in November 2017. She has won three MOBO Awards, been nominated for Best Female at the Brit Awards three times and for the Mercury Music Prize and was awarded an MBE by the Queen in 2007 for services to British music and charity.

Clive Rowe (Daddy Brubeck) returns to the Donmar Warehouse following his roles in Company and Donmar Divas. His numerous theatre credits include In The Willows (UK Tour), Guys and Dolls (Royal Albert Hall), Me and My Girl (Chichester), Jack and the Beanstalk (New Wimbledon Theatre), The Hothouse (Trafalgar Studios), The Ladykillers (West End/UK Tour), Kiss Me Kate (Chichester/Old Vic Theatre), No Naughty Bits (Hampstead Theatre), Twelfth Night, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Trolius & Cressida (Regent’s Park Theatre), Chicago (Adelphi Theatre), and The Light Princess, Carousel, Fuente Ovejuna, Caroline or Change, The Villains Opera, Money, Candide, Peter Pan, Guys and Dolls, Trackers (National Theatre).

Rowe has also returned to The Hackney Empire on numerous occasions to play The Dame in their Christmas pantomime.

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