Cast announced for The Nativity

Casting has today been announced for Birmingham Repertory Theatre’s production of NATIVITY! THE MUSICAL opening at Birmingham Repertory Theatre on Friday 20 October 2017.

Daniel Boys will play ‘Paul Maddens’, Sarah Earnshaw ‘Jennifer Lore’ and Simon Lipkin ‘Mr Poppy’. They will be joined by Andy Barke, Jamie Chapman, Jemma Churchill, Gary Davis and Katia Sartini. Further casting and children’s casting to be announced soon.

Writer Debbie Isitt, said today “I am absolutely delighted to be working with this incredibly talented and hilariously funny musical theatre cast who are going to be brilliant in Nativity! The Musical.  It truly will be an emotionally soaring, feel good experience with beautiful singing and amazing choreography.”

Daniel Boys most recently appeared in “The Boys in the Band” at the West End’s Vaudeville Theatre. His other West End credits include “Avenue Q” at both the Gielgud and Noel Coward Theatres, “Sweeney Todd” at the Royal Festival Hall, “Grease” at the Victoria Palace, “Spamalot” at the Playhouse and “Rent” at the Prince of Wales. Daniel was also a contestant on the BBC’s “Any Dream Will Do” (which I’d forgotten, despite being an avid fan of those shows back in the day). Sarah Earnshaw was in the original London cast of “Wicked” at the Apollo Victoria playing the leading role of ‘Glinda’ on many occasions. She also appeared in Scrooge at the London Palladium, and Spamalot at the Playhouse.  Simon Lipkin most recently appeared in a concert version of Jason Robert Brown’s Honeymoon in Vegas at the Palladium. He played ‘Nicky’ and ‘Trekkie Monster’ in the original London cast of “Avenue Q” at the Noel Coward Theatre and was most recently seen in the West End as ‘Nathan Detroit’ in “Guys and Dolls” at the Phoenix Theatre. His other West End credits include ‘Lonny’ in the original London cast of “Rock of Ages”, ‘Barlow’ in “I Can’t Sing” at the London Palladium, the title role in “The Lorax” at the Old Vic Theatre and “Assassins” at the Menier Chocolate Factory.

The creative team is completed by Nicky Ager (Music & Lyrics, alongside Debbie Isitt), Andrew Wright (Choreographer), David Woodhead (Designer), Tim Mitchell (Lighting Design), Tom Marshall (sound design) and George Dyer (Musical Supervision and Orchestrations) 

The entire run will be as follows; 


Birmingham Repertory Theatre

15 – 19 NOVEMBER 2017

Southend Cliffs Pavilion

22 – 25 NOVEMBER 2017

Sheffield Lyceum


Manchester Palace Theatre

6 – 10 DECEMBER 2017

Theatre Royal Plymouth

13 – 17 DECEMBER 2017

Hammersmith Apollo, London |

20 December 2017 – 6 January 2018

Leeds Grand Theatre



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