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School of Rock - new adult cast announced

Stephen Leask

Casting news

CAST changes have been announced for School of Rock – The Musical, which is currently booking at the New London Theatre until January 13, 2019.

From November 15, 2017, Stephen Leask (pictured top), who has played the role of alternate Dewey since May this year, will lead the cast as Dewey Finn.

Joining him will be Alan Pearson as Ned Schneebly, Michelle Francis as Patty Di Marco, currently a member of the ensemble, and Craig Gallivan (pictured bottom) as the alternate Dewey Finn. Florence Andrews will continue as Rosalie Mullins alongside the three teams of thirteen kids who make up Dewey’s band.

The ‘grown up’ cast is completed by ensemble members Nick Butcher, Cassandra McCowan, Jessica Louise Parkinson, Andy Rees, Cameron Sharp, Jake Sharp, James Smoker, Wendy Somerville, Andrew Spillett, Hannah Stratton and Alex Tomkins with swings, Paul Kemble, Laura Medforth, Billy Mitchell, Tasha Sheridan and Joshua St. Clair.

Before joining the School of Rock company Stephen Leask’s previous theatre credits include One Man, Two Guvnors (Theatre Royal Haymarket), A Little Hotel on the Side (Theatre Royal Bath), Potted Panto (Vaudeville Theatre), The Secret Garden (Birmingham Rep) and Troilus and Cressida (Royal Shakespeare Company).

Leask is a member of the Merely Players, a theatre company dedicated to producing accessible productions of Shakespeare. His television appearances include Nightmares, Doctors, Our World War, The Intern and EastEnders.

Craig Gallivan

Craig Gallivan is best known on television for playing Luke in the British comedy drama Stella, a role he has played for over 50 episodes. His theatre credits include Billy Elliot The Musical (Victoria Palace Theatre), Crime and Punishment (National Theatre), Days of Significance (Royal Shakespeare Company), The Long, The Short and the Tall (Sheffield Theatres) and the UK Tour of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

Gallivan’s other television work includes Torchwood II, Footballers Wives and Footballers Wives: Extra Time.

School of Rock – The Musical opened in November last year and is one of four Lloyd Webber shows – with The Phantom of the Opera, Evita and Jesus Christ Superstar – which have played concurrently in the West End this year. The West End production of School of Rock – The Musical is the recipient of the Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Music, and in August this year the production welcomed a new group of kids who play live music on stage at each performance.

On November 6, 2017, School of Rock – The Musical will host this year’s BBC Radio 2’s BBC Children in Need Gala. Read more.

Continuing the countrywide search for kids to ‘join the band’, further open auditions will take place in London on November 8, 10, 20 and 22, 2017. If you’re between 8 – 12 years old and play the drums, keys or the electric or bass guitar, registration and further details can be found at www.schoolofrockthemusical.co.uk/opencall or by contacting Jessica Ronane Casting at rock@jessicaronane.com.