Virginia Gay is set to take the stage at the Hayes this March as Calamity Jane in a semi-immersive production by Richard Carroll (it has evolved out of a Neglected Musicals staged reading in 2016), and now the full cast has been announced.
Joining Gay (All Saints, Winners and Losers, High Society) are Laura Bunting (Wicked, Side Show) as the charming Katie Brown, Anthony Gooley (Of Mice and Men, All My Sons) as Wild Bill Hickock, Sheridan Harbridge (Nosferatutu, The Detective’s Handbook) as Miss Adelaide Adams and Susan, Rob Johnson (Carrie, The Detective’s Handbook) as Francis Fryer, Matthew Pearce (Rent, Rolling Thunder Vietnam) as Lt Danny Gilmartin and Tony Taylor (As You Like it, The 39 Steps) as Henry Miller.
Enter the world of the Golden Garter Saloon (and don’t think of Doris Day) with this Hayes production, designed to push gender and cultural limits. Performed largely with piano and what’s described as a “grab bag of other instruments” (musical direction by Nigel Ubrihien) expect a lot of rough and tumble laughs.
“Virginia is a sensational actress, and audiences will fall head over heels for her bold, charming, and unconventional embodiment of this beloved role,” said producer and director Richard Carroll.
“I’m really excited to use the Hayes space in a new and inventive way for this stripped-back, no-holds-barred interpretation of Calamity Jane with a group of wonderfully ingenious and resourceful actors. Getting up close to the audience will give this classic show a whole new lease of life. Expect the unexpected!”
Calamity Jane will play at the Hayes Theatre from 8 March to 1 April 2017. Tickets are available here. Table seating is available for this production.