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The Boy in the Dress RSC musical: first look photos for David Walliams' book on stage

WhatsOnStage has an exclusive first look at the musical ahead of its official opening night

The cast of The Boy in the Dress – this show featured Toby Mocrei as Dennis, Ethan Dattani as Darvesh, Tabitha Knowles as Lisa James, Alfie Jukes as John
© RSC, photo by Manuel Harlan

WhatsOnStage has an exclusive first look at The Boy in the Dress musical, which has its official opening night later this month in Stratford-upon-Avon.

Based on the bestselling book by David Walliams, it is adapted by Mark Ravenhill, with music by Robbie Williams and Guy Chambers.

The cast of The Boy in the Dress – this show featured Jackson Laing as Dennis, Arjun Singh Khakh as Darvesh, Asha Banks as Lisa James, Zachary Loonie as John
© RSC, photo by Manuel Harlan

The Boy in the Dress is Walliams' debut children's book, which follows 12 year-old Dennis, who is his football team's striker and wants to wear a dress to school.

The lead role of Dennis is played by Oliver Crouch, Jackson Laing, Tom Lomas and Toby Mocrei. Darvesh, Dennis' best friend, is played by Ethan Dattani, Shivain Kara-Patel, Kassian Shae Ahktar and Arjun Singh Khakh.

Asha Banks, Tabitha Knowles and Miriam Nyarko play Lisa James, Dennis' fashion-savvy friend, while Alfie Jukes and Zachary Loonie play his older brother John.

This show featured Jackson Laing as Dennis, Arjun Singh Khakh as Darvesh, Asha Banks as Lisa James, Zachary Loonie as John
© RSC, photo by Manuel Harlan

Rufus Hound plays Dennis' dad; Irvine Iqbal plays Raj, the shopkeeper; Natasha Lewis plays Dennis' best friend Darvesh's mum, and Forbes Masson plays Mr Hawtrey, the headmaster from Dennis' school. Charlotte Wakefield plays the French teacher Miss Windsor.

This show featured Jackson Laing as Dennis, Arjun Singh Khakh as Darvesh, Asha Banks as Lisa James, Zachary Loonie as John
© RSC, photo by Manuel Harlan
The cast of The Boy in the Dress – this show featured Jackson Laing as Dennis, Arjun Singh Khakh as Darvesh, Asha Banks as Lisa James, Zachary Loonie as John
© RSC, photo by Manuel Harlan
Forbes Masson (Mr Hawtrey)
© RSC, photo by Manuel Harlan

Other cast includes David Birch (Maudlin Street Captain), Hannah Fairclough (ensemble), Max Gill (Big Mac), Ahmed Hamad (ensemble), Ryan Heenan (Rory), Charlotte Jaconelli (Lorna), Alim Jayda (ensemble), Christina Modestou (Miss Bresslaw), Alexander Moneypenny (Gareth), Clancy Ryan (ensemble), Cilla Silvia (ensemble), Jack Anthony Smart (swing), Ben Thompson (Oddbod), Jamie Tyler (St Kenneth's Captain), Georgie Westall (swing) and Grace Wylde (Louise).

Aletta Collins choreographs the show, which has design by Robert Jones, lighting by Mark Henderson and sound by Paul Groothius and Tom Marshall.

This show featured Toby Mocrei as Dennis, Ethan Dattani as Darvesh, Tabitha Knowles as Lisa James, Alfie Jukes as John
© RSC, photo by Manuel Harlan
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