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Nativity the Musical

Presented by Jamie Wilson, Entertainment One (eOne), Ramin Sabi, Belgrade Theatre Coventry and Birmingham Repertory Theatre, the world premiere of Nativity! The Musical will open at Birmingham Repertory Theatre in October 2017 and then go on a short tour.

Casting news so far is that Daniel Boys will play ‘Paul Maddens’, Sarah Earnshaw ‘Jennifer Lore’ and Simon Lipkin ‘Mr Poppy’. They will be joined by Andy Brady as Gordon Shakespeare, Jamie Chapman/Patrick Burns, Jemma Churchill/Mrs Bevan with ensemble members Derek Aidoo, Jalisa Andrews, Andy Barke, Gary Davis, Jennifer Louise Jones and Katia Sartini.

X Factor judge Louis Walsh is making his stage debut as the ‘Hollywood Producer’ at London’s Eventim Apollo, from 13 to 17 December.

Joining the cast as the children of St Bernadette’s School are:

  • Harry Martin, (age 9, from Tamworth), Fintan McGrory, (age 8, from Warwickshire) and Moosa Mostafa, (age 9, from Leamington Spa) who will alternate in the role of ‘Cute Joseph’.
  • Jasmine McKenna, (age 9, from Coventry), Layla Grace Quaid, (age 11, from Worcestershire) and Beatrice Schofield, (age 10, from Birmingham) who will alternate the role of ‘Cute Mary’.
  • Evie Bennell-Low, (age 9, from Coventry), Katelyn-Janet Rollason, (age 9, from Kidderminster) and Chantelle Jane Tonolete, (age 9, from Birmingham) who will alternate the role of ‘The Star’.
  • Gerald Ngwenya, (age 11, from Wolverhampton), Kheiri Isaac-Osmani, (age 11, from Birmingham) and William Redican, (age 10, from Birmingham) who will alternate the role of ‘Angel Gabriel’.
  • Oratile Chele, (age 9, from Birmingham), Chaelissa Gray, (age 9, from Birmingham) and Angelina Martin, (age 9, from Worcester) who will alternate the role of the ‘Shepherd’.
  • Layla Grace Gavin, (age 8, from Coventry), Betsy Jiggins, (age 9, from Solihull) and Lyla Peters, (age 10, from Coventry) who will alternate the role of ‘Child Jennifer’.
  • Alexander Hogg, (age 11, from Walsall), Joshua Millard-Lloyd, (age 9, from Sandwell) and Archie Turner, (age 10, from Sandwell) who will alternate the role of ‘Child Gordon’.
  • Jamie Bates, (age 10, from Leicestershire), Zak Lackenby, (age 10, from Dudley) and Nicholas Vakis, (age 10, from Burton on Trent) who will alternate the role of ‘Child Paul’.
  • They will be joined by Grace Green, (age 10, from Castle Bromwich), Amy Mulhall, (age 9, from Worcestershire) and Celie Newman, (age 9, from Coventry) who will alternate the role of ‘Feel Sick Girl’.
Most school children have one Christmas wish, to star in a Nativity, and at St Bernadette’s School they decide to mount a musical version. The show follows teacher Mr Maddens and his crazy assistant Mr Poppy as they struggle with hilarious children and unruly animals to make everyone’s Christmas wish come true. It features songs including "Sparkle and Shine", "Nazareth" and "One Night One Moment".

Nativity! The Musical will be written and directed by Debbie Isitt -  creator and director of the films, with music and lyrics by Nicky Ager and Isitt, Nativity! It will be choreographed by Andrew Wright, designed by David Woodhead, with lighting design by Tim Mitchell, sound design by Tom Marshall and musical supervision and orchestrations by George Dyer.

The Nativity! film series began in 2009 with a cast including including Martin Freeman, David Tennant and Catherine Tate. It is one of the most popular UK Christmas recent film franchises:  Nativity! Nativity 2 Danger in the Manger! and Nativity 3 Dude Where’s My Donkey? have all gone on to reach top box office positions on theatrical release and sold nearly 2 million DVDs.

Below are the tour dates we have so far:

Sheffield Lyceum
22-25 November
Manchester Palace
29 November-3 December
Plymouth Theatre Royal
6-10 December
London EVENTIM Apollo $$
13-17 December
Leeds Grand
20 December- 6 January 2018

$$ X Factor judge Louis Walsh imaking his stage debut as the ‘Hollywood Producer’