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The Understudy in the West End further casting announced

Adelayo Adedayo, Emily Atack and Mathew Horne will join the show

Adelayo Adedayo, Emily Atack and Mathew Horne
Adelayo Adedayo, Emily Atack and Mathew Horne
© Centre and right: Dan Wooller for WhatsOnStage

Further casting has been announced for The Understudy, set to be presented in the West End across two nights in December.

Based on the best-selling novel by David Nicholls, the piece follows a down-and-out understudy who lands himself in a tricky situation.

Joining the previously revealed Stephen Fry, James Norton, Mina Anwar, Natalie Casey, Sasha Frost, Marie Lawrence, James McNicholas and Lizzie Muncey will be Mathew Horne, Emily Atack, Adelayo Adedayo, Lucy Briggs-Owen and Jake Ferretti.

The charity semi-staged shows will be raising funds for Acting For Others, the Equity Charitable Trust and the Theatre Development Trust, run by the Society of London Theatre and UK Theatre.

The show has sound, music and effects by Alexandra Faye Braithwaite, Annie May Fletcher and Sophie Galpin, with direction from Giles Croft. Animation is by Dean Kendrick and Mark Kendrick for Dusthouse, while the piece is produced by Huddersfield's Lawrence Batley Theatre.

The Understudy runs on 7 and 8 December at 7.30pm at the Palace Theatre, with tickets on sale at 10am.