The Waterside Theatre has been chosen alongside Manchester Opera House to stage a major new production before it heads to the West End, in what is a big coup for Aylesbury.
The UK Premiere of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels stars Olivier, Tony and BAFTA award winning Robert Lindsay (Me And My Girl, Becket, Oliver! and My Family) and comedian Rufus Hound (One Man Two Guvnors, Celebrity Juice) as the comedy duo Lawrence Jameson and Freddy Benson.
Directed and choreographed by Tony Award winning Jerry Mitchell (Kinky Boots and Legally Blonde) and with music by Drama Desk Award winner David Yazbek (The Full Monty) it will run at the Waterside Theatre from February 26 to March 1 just before arriving at the Savoy Theatre on March 10.
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!”.
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is a co-production between Ambassador Theatre Group, which runs the Waterside, Jerry Mitchell Productions and Tulchin/Bartner Productions.
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 reimagined for the UK stage.
It is set in 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, played by Katherine Kingsley (A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Singin’ in the Rain). Little do they know what they’ve let themselves in for.
Jerry Mitchell 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”.
Rufus Hound added: “ 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!”
Tickets go on general sale on Monday November 4. Box Office 0844 871 7607 (bkg fee) or visit www.atgtickets.com/aylesbury (bkg fee)