Full casting has been announced for the forthcoming Spice Girls musical Viva Forever!, which premieres at the West End's Piccadilly Theatre in December.
With a book by Jennifer Saunders, the story centres on a family thrown into chaos, as Viva and her three best friends get
swept up in a TV talent show "where stars are born and dreams are
The TV talent show judges are played by Bill Ward (Coronation Street), Sally Dexter (The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe) and Tamara Wall (EastEnders).
Ben Cura makes his West End debut as Angel, the musical director of the TV talent show, while fellow newcomer Hatty Preston plays production assistant minty.
The ensemble includes: Tom Kanavan, Zak Nemorin, Curtis Angus, Luke Jackson, Oliver Roll, David Rudin, Darren Carnall, Myles Brown, Charlotte Gorton, Rebecca McKinnis, Lucy Thatcher, Roxanne Palmer, Charlotte Walcott, Sophie Carmen-Jones, Carla Nella, Kirstie Skivington and Helen Ternent.
Judy Craymer said of the casting: "We're very excited to be working with such a fabulous group of actors - not only does the cast include some of the most accomplished performers in British musical theatre, but we've discovered some wonderful newcomers as well.
"The story is not about the Spice Girls but rather a contemporary comedy musical with a funny and clever script by Jennifer, which is charged with all the energy and attitude of the girls themselves."