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Rachel Tucker, Jai McDowall and Matthew Pagan to star in The Pirate Queen West End charity concert

The concert is produced on London shores for the first time

Rachel Tucker
Rachel Tucker
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A charity concert production of Boublil And Schönberg's The Pirate Queen will take place at the London Coliseum on Sunday 23 February 2020.

Rachel Tucker (Come From Away), Britain's Got Talent winner Jai McDowall and Matthew Pagan (Collabro) will star in the show, which is based on the real-life story of Irish firebrand pirate Grace O'Malley. The musical first opened on Broadway in 2007, with the charity concert marking the piece's West End premiere.

Further casting has also been announced for the show. Hannah Waddingham (Kiss Me, Kate), Steph Parry (Mamma Mia!) and Emma Norman (Sweeney Todd) will all appear in the piece. Cast in the ensemble are Pearce Barron, Jamie Birkett, Trudi Camilleri, Sabrina Carter, Shaun Dalton, Adam Dawson, Callum Heinrich, Jade Johnson, Harry Mills, Charlotte Payne, Sophie Reeves and Jak Skelly.

Proceeds will go to Leukaemia UK, with public booking starting on Friday 8 November.

Music is by Claude-Michel Schönberg with lyrics by Alain Boublil, Richard Maltby Jr and John Dempsey, with book by Schönberg, Boublil and Maltby Jr.

The concert is directed by Drew Baker, designed by Ben M Rogers and produced by Tom Gribby.

Further ensemble members include Skye Adams, Thomas Ball, Jeremy Batt, Mary-Jean Caldwell, Sinead O Callaghan, Christopher Cameron, Jordan Castle, Alfie Doohan, Charlie Ellerton, Judicel Eslao, Nicola Espallardo, Amy Everett, Lois Morgan Gay, Aidan Harkins, Siwan Henderson, Hannah-Grace Lawson, James Mateo-Salt, Scarlett Maltman, Ethan Tanner, Harry Winchester and Cristian Zaccarini.