Casting has been announced for the UK premiere of The Addams Family, which will embark on a nationwide tour next year.
Carrie Hope Fletcher, whose recent theatre credits include Les Miserables in the West End and the UK tour of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, will lead the cast as Wednesday Addams. In this musical adaptation of Charles Addams' cartoon, the princess of darkness has grown up and fallen in love with a man whose family is very different to her own.
Samantha Womack will play Morticia, and Les Dennis (Coronation Street) will play Uncle Fester. Best known for playing Ronnie Mitchell in EastEnders, Womack's theatre credits include South Pacific at the Barbican and Guys and Dolls at the Piccadilly Theatre. Dennis has previously been seen in productions of Chicago, Spamalot and Hairspray, he will take to the stage at the Menier later this month in She Loves Me. Further casting is to be announced.
The production will be directed by Matthew White (She Loves Me), with choreography by Alistair David (Show Boat) and design by Diego Pitarch.
WIth music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa and a book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, The Addams Family will open at the Festival Theatre, Edinburgh and tour to Northampton, Wimbledon, Canterbury, Southend, Birmingham, Bath, Truro, Nottingham, Bradford, Southampton, Cardiff, Dublin, Salford, Sheffield, Bristol, Woking, Glasgow, Wolverhampton, Milton Keynes and Dartford.
The Addams Family opens at the Festival Theatre, Edinburgh on 20 April 2017.