Rebel Wilson debuts in the West End joining Guys and Dolls on 28 June for eight weeksCultureTheatre
After Jesse Eisenberg, another Hollywood star is set to debut in the West End this season. Guys and Dolls today announces that the award-winning actress Rebel Wilson will be joining the West End cast for a strictly limited eight weeks only at the Phoenix Theatre to play the part of Miss Adelaide from Tuesday 28th June until Sunday 21st August 2016. Guys and Dolls also announces the opening of a new booking period, with tickets now available until 7th January 2017.
Rebel Wilson commented: “A lot of people who know me from my more recent film work have no idea how much theatre has influenced my life. I saw my first musical at age 14, a show called 42nd Street, after one of my family’s dogs had unsuccessfully auditioned to be in it. It blew me away and I’ve loved musical theatre ever since. Training at the Australian Theatre for Young People gave me the opportunity to perform onstage in eight productions ranging from new Australian musicals to classic plays. I then went on to write and perform in my own productions before being snapped up to do screen work. I am delighted to be making my West End debut in Guys & Dolls and to be playing such an iconic role as Miss Adelaide is truly an honour. Hopefully I crush it….but you’ll have to come and see me to find out!”
Rebel Wilson has become one of the film industry’s most recognisable comedic actors since gaining recognition through her role as Fat Amy in the multi award winning Pitch Perfect and Pitch Perfect 2. Rebel will reprise her iconic role in Pitch Perfect 3 which will be released in the summer of 2017. Rebel made her American comedy film debut in Paul Feig’s Bridesmaids alongside Kirsten Wiig. Her other film credits include How to be Single, Grimsby, Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, Bachelorette and Ice Age: Continental Drift. Rebel will also make a cameo appearance in Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie, which is released this July.
The current cast of Guys and Dolls include Nigel Lindsay as Nathan Detroit and Samantha Spiro as Miss Adelaide who will have their final performance on Saturday 26th June. Further casting will be announced in due course.
A joyous and vibrant celebration of Prohibition-era New York, Guys and Dolls first premiered on Broadway in 1950 and captured the optimism and energy of post-World War Two America. This hugely popular and multi award-winning musical, based on the colourful stories by American journalist Damon Runyon renowned for his vivid fictional depictions of the gamblers, hustlers and nightclub singers of New York, features some of Broadway’s greatest musical numbers including My Time of Day, Luck Be a Lady and the show-stopping Sit Down You’re Rockin’ the Boat. Guys and Dolls is directed by Gordon Greenberg with choreography by Cuban dancer and former Royal Ballet star Carlos Acosta and Andrew Wright whose credits include Chichester Festival Theatre’s Singin’ in the Rain.
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Rebel Wilson joins the cast of Guys and Dolls at the Phoenix Theatre on 28th June 2016. Book your tickets here.