The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) has announced its cast for The Boy In A Dress, running from 8th November until 8th March, 2020, at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon. 

The Boy in the Dress

Source: RSC

From left to right: Natasha Lewis, Forbes Masson, Irvine Iqbal and Rufus Hound.

David Walliams’ heart-warming comedy comes to the stage for the first time in a musical adapted by former RSC writer-in-residence Mark Ravenhill, with new songs from Robbie Williams and Guy Chambers

Rufus Hound will play Dennis’ dad, Irvine Iqbal plays Raj, the shopkeeper; Natasha Lewis plays Dennis’ best friend Darvesh’s mum, and Forbes Masson plays Mr Hawtrey, the headmaster from Dennis’ school.

Gregory Doran, director of the production, said: “It is tremendous to welcome such a talented cast of new and established RSC company members to our new musical production of The Boy in the Dress, particularly one with such a strong background of excellent musical theatre performances and first-class comic talent.

“I am excited to work together with them over the coming weeks to bring this life-affirming, funny story to the RST stage.”

More about the cast

Rufus Hound, well known for his television appearances in the early seasons of ITV’s Celebrity Juice, recently appeared with the RSC in The Provoked Wife and Don Quixote. His other theatre work includes Wind in the Willows (Palladium Theatre); What the Butler Saw (Leicester Curve) and Utopia (Soho Theatre).

Irvine Iqbal is making his RSC debut in the production, with his previous theatre work including Broken Wings (Theatre Royal Haymarket), Aladdin – The Musical (Prince Edward Theatre) and Branded (Criterion Theatre).

Natasha Lewis was last on the RSC stages in 2018’s original musical Miss Littlewood. She has also appeared in Brassed Off (New Vic Theatre); Call Me Fury (Alchymy Festival, Oxford) and Our House – The Madness Musical (UK tour).

Forbes Masson is an RSC associate artist whose previous work with the team includes As You Like It, Romeo and Juliet, Ahasauerus, Morte d’Arthur and A Tender Thing.

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