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Full cast for ”Roman Holiday” musical confirmed

Michael D. Xavier and Rebecca Collingwood
Michael D. Xavier and Rebecca Collingwood

Theatre Royal Bath has announced the full casting for the UK premiere of the musical adaptation of the classic film Roman Holiday, set to open at Theatre Royal Bath on 10 June this year.

As already announced, Michael D. Xavier will lead the cast as Joe. He is set to be joined by Rebecca Collingwood as Ann, Richenda Carey as Countess, Adrian der Gregorian as Irving, Tania Mathurin as Francesca, Tim Frances as Hennessy, and Gabrielle Cocca, Francis Dee, Maya de Faria, Joshua Gibbons, Heather Jackson, Ediz Mahmut, Max Mirza, Mia Mullarkey, Jesus Reyes Ortiz, Josh Patel-Foster, George Renshaw, and Ollie Selwood.

The show follows the story of a young princess, Ann, played by Collingwood, who escapes from her watchful chaperone while on a goodwill tour of Rome. She meets Joe, a charming American journalist played by Xavier, who offers to show her the city.

The musical adaptation of Roman Holiday features the music of Cole Porter, including hits like “Easy To Love”, “You Do Something To Me”, “In The Still Of The Night”, “Just One Of Those Things”, and “Night and Day”. It has been adapted for the stage by Kirsten Guenther and Paul Blake, who co-wrote the stage version of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas.

Jeremy Sams directs the production, whose directing credits include Noises Off in the West End and Jason Robert Brown’s 13. He also wrote the script for the West End production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and translated the award-nominated Amour on Broadway.

The choreography is by 2023 Olivier Award winner Matt Cole, who won the Best Choreography award for Newsies, alongside Jane McMurtrie. Set and costume designs are by Francis O’Connor, lighting design is by Mark Henderson, and sound design is by Tom Marshall. The casting director is Ginny Schiller, and the musical direction is by Steve Ridley.

Roman Holiday won multiple Academy Awards when first released 70 years ago and has been adored by fans ever since.

The production will run at Theatre Royal Bath from 10 June.