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The Producers at the Royal Exchange full casting announced

The new version of the musical will be staged in the round for the first time

Stuart Neal, Julius D'Silva and Emily-Mae

Full casting has been announced for the Royal Exchange's brand new production of Mel Brooks' The Producers, which opens on 30 November.

Directed by Raz Shaw (The Greatest Play in the History of the World), Julius D'Silva (The Cherry Orchard, Strictly Ballroom) will take on the role of Max Bialystock, while Stuart Neal (42nd Street) plays Leo Bloom.

Joining them are Charles Brunton (Matilda) as Roger De Bris, Hammed Animashaun (Barber Shop Chronicles) as Carmen Ghia, Dale Meeks (Emmerdale) as Franz Liebkind and Emily-Mae (Hairspray) as Ulla.

The cast is completed by Joelle Dyson, Ian Gareth-Jones, Kristian Jacobs, Charlie Johnson, Jessica Keable, Adam Lake, Louis Mackrodt, Benjamin Mundy, Gleanne Purcell-Brown, Emma Thornett and Lily Wang.

With book by Brooks and Thomas Meehan and music and lyrics by Brooks, The Producers was first produced on stage in 2001, based on Brooks' 1967 film of the same name. The original show starred Matthew Broderick and Nathan Lane, and won a record-breaking 12 Tony Awards.

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