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Casting announced for The Return of the Soldier at Hope Mill Theatre

The musical adaptation of Rebecca West's novella receives its regional premiere in Manchester next month

Esme Sears, Chris Jenkins and Marc Pickering

Casting has been announced for the regional premiere of The Return of the Soldier which receives its regional premiere at the Hope Mill Theatre in Manchester next month.

Charles Miller and Tim Sanders' musical adaptation of Rebecca West's novella – which premiered at the Jermyn Street Theatre in 2014 – presents a female angle on love, loss and the English class system at the end of World War One.

The cast will feature Chris Jenkins (tick, tick…BOOM!) as Christopher, Tessa Kadler (Pippin) as Kitty, Marc Pickering (Toxic Avenger) as William/Dr Anderson, Esme Sears (Parade) as Jenny and Naomi Slights (Mamma Mia!) as Margaret.

The production will be directed by Charlotte Westenra, with musical direction by Daniel Jarvis, choreography by Matthew Cole, lighting design by Aaron J Dootson, sound design by Findlay Claydon, set and costume design by Simon Anthony Wells and Leah Sams and casting by Jane Deitch.

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