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Rob Madge to star in Buyer & Cellar in London and Plymouth

The show opens later this year in London before a week in Plymouth

Rob Madge, photo by Matt Nalton
Rob Madge, photo by Matt Nalton

Exclusive: Rob Madge will star in Jonathan Tolins’ Buyer & Cellar this autumn.

Buyer & Cellar is a one-person show that tells the story of Alex, an out-of-work actor who finds himself working in Barbra Streisand’s basement shopping mall. Directed by Kirk Jameson, this comedy explores the price of fame and the oddities of celebrity life. The original Off-Broadway production, starring Michael Urie, was a critical success, winning the Lucille Lortel Award for Best Solo Show.

Madge, known for their hit show My Son’s a Queer (But What Can You Do?), will take on the role of Alex. They said today: “I am so thrilled to be taking on Buyer & Cellar. Some might think it quite the stretch for me to be playing a role that isn’t myself for once but I cannot wait to get stuck in. Still quite camp though, so all in all, a perfect fit. This is a sublime piece of work – laughing out loud as I read the script on the tube kind of stuff – and I’m honoured to have the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of Michael Urie in bringing these characters back to life. I hope to see you there!”

The production will run at London’s King’s Head Theatre from 18 September to 19 October 2024, followed by a week at The Drum, Theatre Royal Plymouth from 29 October to 3 November.

Madge’s previous credits include appearances in the London Palladium pantomimes and roles in Les Misérables, Oliver!, and Mary Poppins. They have been recognized with several awards, including the WhatsOnStage Award for Best Off-West End Show and the Stage Creative Debut Award.

The production team includes designer Ingrid Hu, lighting designer Jack Weir, composer and sound designer Emily Rose Simons, and wig designer Craig Forrest-Thomas. The stage manager for the production is Rosie Morgan, with New Wolf Productions overseeing production management.

The piece is presented by Ryan Hugh Mackey Productions and New Frame Productions, in collaboration with Theatre Royal Plymouth, Joly Black, Parker and Newes Productions, and Con Limón Productions/JMF Communications. Poster design is by Chris D Clegg and marketing by MakeANoise.