The cast has been announced for the electric and explosive Bare: A Pop Opera at The Vaults. Taking the role of Sister Chantelle is Broadway star Stacy Francis (Ex-girlfriend, Warner Bros; The X Factor, USA; Footloose, Broadway). Joining her as Claire is the West End’s own Jo Napthine (Mamma Mia, Novello Theatre; Made in Dagenham, Adelphi Theatre; Sister Act, London Palladium).
Mark Jardine (Emmerdale, ITV; Blood Brothers, West End; Mamma Mia, International Tour) will play the Priest, while stepping into the lead as struggling Golden Boy Jason is Darragh Cowley (Spring Awakening, Hope Mill Theatre; Standing at the Sky’s Edge, Crucible Theatre; Snow White, London Palladium). Daniel Mack Shand (The Masters of Mystery, Marlow Theatre; Rent, Frogmore Paper Mill; Les Misérables, Working Title Films) will appear as Jason’s star-crossed lover Peter as Lizzie Emery (Rent, Frogmore Paper Mill; Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, Towngate Theatre) takes the role of Ivy.
Making her professional debut as Nadia is Georgie Lovatt, Matt will be played by Tom Hier (Miss Saigon, International Tour; Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, UK Tour), and Lucas will be played by Bradley Connor (Club Mex, Hope Mill Theatre; 1917, Universal Pictures; Unforgotten, ITV). Joining the class are Athena Collins (West End Live: West End Masterclass), Georgia Bradshaw (Dreamgirls, West End; Flashdance, Korean Tour), Liv Alexander in her professional debut and Beccy Lane (Dick Whittington, Lichfield Garrick Theatre; Cinderella, Camberley Theatre). Completing the amazing line up are Tom Scanlon (Kinky Boots, West End; Dirty Dancing, UK tour; Dance Til Dawn, West End and UK Tour), Alexander Moneypenny, making his professional debut, and Hollie Ann Lowe (Flashdance, UK and International Tour; Annie, West Yorkshire Playhouse).
Directed by Julie Atherton, with book and lyrics by Jon Hartmere, and book and music by Damon Intrabartolo, Bare: A Pop Opera follows the students of St Cecilia’s as they explore sex, drugs, queer identity, and prepare to bare their souls. SR Productions brings this moving piece and its unique pop score to The Vaults Theatre from June. This is a show not only for musical theatre fans but for anyone who has faced adversity or experienced love in its purest form.
Julie Atherton said: “I’m so excited to work with this fabulous bunch! I just can’t wait to get started and see what they bring to this special piece.”
Producer Jason Shand-Rodger added: “We are super excited to share with you the amazing cast we have found for this production of Bare. I cannot wait for audiences to see what they can really do and bring this show to life.”
Bare: A Pop Opera will run at The Vaults Theatre from 21 June – 4 August 2019.