Michael Grandage’s revival of classic Broadway musical Guys and Dolls, already a multi award-winning hit in the West End where it continues at the Piccadilly Theatre, will also launch a major UK-wide tour this autumn.

Opening on 16 September 2006 at Glasgow’s King’s Theatre, the tour will visit Cardiff, Stoke, Woking, Birmingham, Plymouth, Sunderland, Milton Keynes, Manchester, Nottingham, Sheffield, Southampton, Oxford and Liverpool, where it’s scheduled to conclude on 9 June 2007.

Grandage’s stripped-down Donmar Warehouse version of Frank Loesser’s 1950 musical opened on 1 June 2005 (previews from 19 May) and is currently booking up to 2 September 2006 at the Piccadilly. The present cast is led by Adam Cooper, Neil Morrissey, Sally Ann Triplett and Kelly Price.

Based on Damon Runyon’s short stories about New York gamblers and their girls in the 1940s, the musical was made into a 1953 Hollywood film starring Marlon Brando, Jean Simmons and Frank Sinatra. Grandage’s revival, the first new production of Guys and Dolls in London for 23 years, is designed by Christopher Oram, with choreography by Rob Ashford, musical supervision by Jae Alexander, lighting by Howard Harrison and sound by Terry Jardine and Chris Full.

Guys and Dolls won a total of four of this year’s Whatsonstage.com Theatregoers’ Choice Awards, including Best Actress and Actor in a Musical for the original Miss Adelaide and Sky Masterson – Jane Krakowski and Ewan McGregor– as well as Best Musical Revival and Best Supporting Actor in a Musical for Martyn Ellis’ Nicely Nicely Johnson (See News, 31 Jan 2006). Casting for the tour has not yet been confirmed.

- by Caroline Ansdell