Jeff Nicholson and Izuka Hoyle
Jeff Nicholson and Izuka Hoyle
© Left: Dan Wooller for WhatsOnStage

Casting has been announced for the upcoming production of The Selfish Giant, a new folk opera from Guy Chambers.

Jeff Nicholson is to play the Giant. Nicholson's previous credits include Sweeney Todd at the ENO and Urinetown at the Apollo Theatre. Joining him will be Scott Sutcliffe, Jacob Fisher, Olly Dobson, Laila Zaidi, Rose Shalloo and Izuka Hoyle. Natasha Cottriall and Laura Sillett narrate.

The piece will run as part of the Classic Spring season at the Vaudeville Theatre from 10 to 13 April, after running at Royal & Derngate in Northampton 4 to 7 April.

Chambers has adapted and composed the piece, which will be directed by Bill Buckhurst. Chambers' previous work includes writing songs from Robbie Williams including Angels, Feel and Let Me Entertain You. The show is adapted from Oscar Wilde's parable about a giant with a beautiful garden who won't let any children play in it.

Classic Spring also announces further casting for An Ideal Husband, with Nathaniel Parker playing Sir Robert Chilton and Sally Bretton as Lady Chiltern.

The Selfish Giant runs at Northampton from 4 to 7 April before heading to the Vaudeville Theatre from 10 to 13 April. An Ideal Husband runs at the Vaudeville Theatre from 3 May to 14 July, with previews from 20 April before touring to Theatre Royal Bath.