The Crown Jewels in the West End – rehearsal footage and photos released

The new comedy stars Al Murray, Mel Giedroyc, Carrie Hope Fletcher and more

Mel Giedroyc, Carrie Hope Fletcher and Adonis Siddique look pensive during rehearsals for The Crown Jewels
Mel Giedroyc, Carrie Hope Fletcher and Adonis Siddique in rehearsals for The Crown Jewels, © Hugo Glendinning

Exclusive: First look rehearsal images and footage have been released for the new West End comedy The Crown Jewels.

Penned by Simon Nye, the piece is loosely based on a true story surrounding an audacious bank heist during the reign of King Charles II.

The cast is led by Al Murray (The Pub Landlord), making his West End acting debut as Charles II/Talbot Edwards, Mel Giedroyc (The Great British Bake Off) as Mrs Edwards/French Noblewoman, Carrie Hope Fletcher (Cinderella, Les Misérables, Heathers) as Elizabeth Edwards/Lady of the Bedchamber, Aidan McArdle (Leopoldstadt) as Colonel Blood, Neil Morrissey (Men Behaving Badly, Line of Duty) as Captain Perrot/Tourist, Joe Thomas (The Inbetweeners) as Tom Blood Jnr/Tourist and Tanvi Virmani (Life of Pi) as Jenny Blaine/Jailer.

Completing the company are Adonis Siddique as Wythe Edwards/Footman, Dedun Omole as Footman, Ryan Lane as William Smith/Footman, Kieran Brown as Footman and Emma Bown as Footman.

The creative team includes director Sean Foley, set and costume designer Michael Taylor, lighting designer Natasha Chivers, sound designer Andy Graham and composer Grant Olding. The props supervisor is Lizzie Frankl for Propworks and Kate Dowling is the associate props supervisor, Hilary Lewis is the costume supervisor and Dewi Johnson is associate director.

The Crown Jewels runs at London’s Garrick Theatre from 7 July until 16 September 2023, with a press night scheduled for 19 July. The production will then embark on a tour, launching at The Lowry, Salford (19 to 23 September), Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury (25 to 30 September), New Theatre, Cardiff (2 to 7 October) and Milton Keynes Theatre (10 to 14 October).

Additional casting for the tour will be announced in due course.

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