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Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at the Savoy Theatre


Jerry Mitchell directs the UK premiere of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, a musical stage adaptation of the movie, with music and lyrics by David Yazbek and book by Jeffrey Lane, opening at the Savoy Theatre 2 April 2014, following previews from 10 March - booking to 29 November 2014.

Cast includes Robert Lindsay (Lawrence Jameson), Rufus Hound (Freddy Benson), Katherine Kingsley (Christine Colgate).

The musical is produced by Ambassador Theatre Group, Jerry Mitchell Productions and Tulchin/Bartner Productions, with set and costume design by Peter McKintosh.

Set on the French Riviera where the decadent world of sophisticated conman Lawrence Jameson comes crashing down with the arrival of larger-than-life Freddy Benson a completely different type of conman. 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 Christine Colgate, a millionaire soap heiress.

Robert Lindsay is best known for his comedic performance in My Family, which ran for nine series for BBC 1. On stage his performance in Me And My Girl won an Olivier and Tony Award. Robert's other stage credits include The Lion In Winter at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, The Entertainer and Trelawny Of The Wells both at the Old Vic, Power at the National Theatre, Richard III at the Savoy Theatre, Oliver! at the Palladium Theatre, Cyrano De Bergerac at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket, Becket at the Theatre Royal. Rufus Hound is best known as a comedian, TV and radio personality and performer. Rufus' theatre credits include the National Theatre's One Man, Two Guvnors at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket/UK Tour. Katherine Kingsley's last musical theatre role was in Singin In The Rain at Chichester Festival Theatre/Palace Theatre. Her other theatre credits include A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Noel Coward Theatre.

Robert Lindsay said 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!.

- by Bona Ruocco

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