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Starring multi Award Winning Robert Lindsay, comic genius Rufus Hound and Katherine Kingsley, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels will bring mischief and mayhem to the West End against the backdrop of the glamorous French Riviera in this musical comedy directed & choreographed by multi Tony award winner Jerry Mitchell. The Inaugural Production for Jerry Mitchell Productions will run at the Manchester Opera House from 12 - 22 February, Aylesbury Waterside Theatre from 26 February - 1 March before arriving at the Savoy Theatre on 10 March 2014. The press night will be held on Wednesday 2 April.
Prepare to be transported to the luxurious lap of the French Riviera where the decadent world of sophisticated conman Lawrence Jameson is set to come crashing down with the arrival of larger-than-life Freddy Benson – a conman of an entirely different order.
Soon realising the town ain’t big enough for the both of them, the two find themselves going head to head in the con of their lives, pulling out all of the stops in a bid for the affections of millionaire soap heiress Christine Colgate. Little do they know what they’ve let themselves in for.
Starring Olivier, Tony and BAFTA award winning Robert Lindsay (Me And My Girl, Becket, Oliver! and My Family) and legendary comedian Rufus Hound (One Man Two Guvnors, Celebrity Juice) as the comedy duo Lawrence Jameson and Freddy Benson, the UK Premiere of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels will arrive in the West End in March 2014. Katherine Kingsley (A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Singin’ in the Rain) joins the pair as Christine Colgate. Directed and choreographed by Tony Award winning Jerry Mitchell (Kinky Boots – currently Broadway’s biggest Tony Award winning hit, Legally Blonde) in his debut production for Jerry Mitchell Productions, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels has music and lyrics by Drama Desk Award winner David Yazbek (The Full Monty)and book by the Golden Globe and Emmy-Award winning Jeffery Lane (Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Mad About You) and set and costume design by Olivier Award winning Peter McKintosh. It is a co-production between the Ambassador Theatre Group, Jerry Mitchell Productions and Tulchin/Bartner Productions. Further casting will be announced shortly.
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is based on the legendary 1988 film starring Michael Caine and Steve Martin, directed by Frank Oz. It will be the UK premiere of this new production, which has been reconceived and re-imagined for the UK stage.
Jerry Mitchell, director and choreographer said, 'With a sensational score and the incredible comic gift of Robert Lindsay, Rufus Hound and Katherine Kingsley, it will be an honour to bring this fabulous story to the West End. Dirty Rotten Scoundrels will steal your heart'.
Robert Lindsay said ‘I went to see Kinky Boots on Broadway last week and was so blown away by the euphoria in the theatre that I was even more thrilled to be working with Jerry Mitchell. I have been waiting for the right musical to cross my path and feel like I have finally found it with Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. When I met the writers, they were so excited to be re-working the show for a UK audience, especially as there is a real sense of classic English humour in this production, so fitting for the Savoy Theatre!’
Rufus Hound said 'I am absolutely thrilled to be part of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Having spent much of the last year playing Francis Henshall in the National Theatre’s One Man, Two Guvnors, I know what a theatre full of people having the time of their lives sounds like and now I'll get to hear it all over again. Yazbek's score is both laugh-out-loud funny and heart-dancingly tuneful, whilst Jeffrey Lane's book is faithful enough for fans of the movie, but anchored in good, old-fashioned comedy with smart and brilliant gags. I can’t wait to get started!’