Good news, poppets across the pond! The West End premiere of Mrs. Doubtfire begins at the newly renovated Shaftesbury Theatre June 22 after beginning previews May 12. Avenue Q alum Gabriel Vick leads the cast as Daniel Hillard.
Also starring are Laura Tebbutt (School of Rock) as Miranda Hillard, Samuel Edwards (Anything Goes) as Stuart Dunmire, Kelly Agbowu (Sylvia) as Wanda Sellner, Carla Dixon Hernandez (Matilda the Musical) as Lydia Hillard, Cameron Blakely (The Addams Family) as Frank Hillard, Marcus Collins (Kinky Boots) as Andre, and Ian Talbot (Hairspray) as Mr. Jolly. Max Bispham, Elliot Mugume, and Frankie Treadaway are alternating the role of Christopher Hillard while Scarlett Davies, Angelica-Pearl Scott, and Ava Posniak are sharing the role of Natalie Hillard.
Rounding out the company are Nicole Carlisle, Joshua Dever, Joseph Dockree, Rebecca Donnelly, Amy Everett, Maria Garrett, Kiera Haynes, Adam Lyons, Lisa Mathieson, Corey Mitchell, Ellie Mitchell, Matt Overfield, Rhys Owen, Christopher Parkinson, Micha Richardson, Tom Scanlon, Vicki Lee Taylor, Paulo Teixeira, and Samuel Wilson-Freeman.
The West End run follows the musical's U.K. premiere at Manchester Opera House last year, and a Broadway run starring Rob McClure at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre from December 5, 2021 through May 29, 2022.
Mrs. Doubtfire, based on the 1993 movie about an out-of-work father who disguises himself as a British nanny to spend more time with his children, features a score by Wayne Kirkpatrick and Karey Kirkpatrick and a book co-written by Karey Kirkpatrick and John O'Farrell (the writing team behind Something Rotten!). Four-time tony winner Jerry Zaks directs, with choreography by Lorin Latarro and music supervision, arrangements, and orchestrations by Ethan Popp. As on Broadway, the production will include scenic design by David Korins, costume design by Catherine Zuber, lighting design by Philip S. Rosenberg, sound design by Brian Ronan, hair and wig design by David Brian Brown, and make-up and prosthetics design by Tommy Kurzman. The London production is cast by Stuart Burt, with children's casting by Verity Naughton.
Kevin McCollum and Jamie Wilson, who produced the musical's Broadway premiere, are producing the West End bow as well, by special arrangement with Buena Vista Theatrical.