Full cast announced for Gypsy: A Musical Fable

30 May 2022

We are delighted to announce the final casting for this year's eagerly awaited joint production with Buxton International Festival - Gypsy: A Musical Fable.

Following the huge success of A Little Night Music, Gypsy opens on Thursday 7 July and promises to be one of the highlights of Buxton’s cultural calendar.

Paul Kerryson’s production stars the award-winning West End actor Joanna Riding, a well-known face on stage, screen and television, in the highly coveted role of Rose. She has appeared in numerous musical theatre productions including: Follies; Billy Elliot; My Fair Lady; Carousel; Guys and Dolls; The Girls; and A Little Night Music. She has appeared in: Holby City; Midsomer Murders; Casualty; The Royal; and Heartbeat. In 2014, she played Cinderella's Mother in Rob Marshall’s film version of Stephen Sondheim’s Into The Woods.

She will now be joined by Monique Young as Louise, aka Gypsy Rose Lee. Monique has appeared in numerous hit musicals including Mary Poppins in the West End and 42nd Street at the Theatre du Chatelet, Paris.
Also appearing are: David Leonard as Herbie. David appeared as Frederik in A Little Night Music in Buxton and recent appearances include Matilda (RSC in London), The Pitmen Painters (Royal National Theatre) and Billy Flynn in Chicago (Leicester Curve). Hannah Everest plays June. Her appearances include The Sound of Music, Annie and Oliver! (Leicester Curve). Rebecca Lisewski is Mazeppa. Her many West End appearances include Mamma Mia!, Carousel and Strictly Ballroom. She is joined by Aiesha Naomi Pease (Hairspray and Priscilla Queen of the Desert), as Electra, and Tiffany Graves (Kiss Me Kate, The Producers and The Boyfriend) as Tessie Tura. Liam Dean is Tulsa and James Rockey is Uncle Jocko.

Other roles are played by Michael Dean-Wilson; Lisa Dent; Callum Mann; Alex O’Reilly; Megan Hollie Robertson and Samuel Ashall.

The Creative Team is: Director, Paul Kerryson; Conductor, Ben Atkinson; Choreographer, David Needham; Assistant Director, Juliet Gough; Set Designer, Phil R Daniels; Costume Designer, Charles Cusick Smith; Lighting Designer, Jake Wiltshire; and Sound Design by Andy Johnson.

Paul Kerryson, Artistic Director and Chief Executive of Buxton Opera House, said: “The Buxton Opera House and Buxton International Festival join forces again to bring this great musical to the stage of the Opera House for the first time. We are excited to welcome audiences to what will be a great night out.”
Buxton International Festival’s Artistic Director Adrian Kelly added: “It is particularly exciting that the Festival’s collaboration with the Buxton Opera House is continuing this year with Gypsy. The last few years have been hugely challenging for everybody in the performing arts, and we are delighted to be working together once more, to be bring this wonderful piece of musical theatre to life.”

Gypsy: A Musical Fable runs from Thursday 7 - Sunday 24 July 2022. Tickets are priced from £25. To book tickets, buy online or call our Box Office on 01298 72190.

David Leonard with Janie Dee in A Little Night Music
Joanna Riding on the Buxton Opera House stage