'Joseph' Star Lee Mead Cast as the Lord in Wilde Comedy Hit at the King's Theatre

Lee Mead, who won the heart of the nation as the winner of the BBC’s hit show Any Dream Will Do, makes his drama debut, starring in Bill Kenwright’s production of Oscar Wilde’s Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime, which appears at the King’s Theatre in Edinburgh from Monday 22 to Saturday 27 February.

Lee was ‘The Peoples’ Joseph in the West End hit musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, playing to packed houses and critical acclaim from 2007 until early 2009, alongside releasing his debut solo album, which sold nearly 200,000 copies. He recently released his follow up album Nothing Else Matters and is now returning to the stage in this classic Oscar Wilde comedy, adapted by Trevor Baxter.

Mead joins an all star cast for the tour, including legendary entertainer Gary Wilmot, fresh from his recent national tour of the smash hit show Chicago and previous West End performances in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Copacabana and Me and My Girl, the glamorous Kate O’Mara, star of such TV hits including Dynasty, Howard’s Way and, most recently, Bad Girls, David Ross, who recently starred in the BBC hit sitcom The Green Green Grass, and whose further television credits include Vanity Fair, Red Dwarf and Goodnight Sweetheart and Derren Nesbitt, best known for his role as Chief Inspector Jordan in the television series Special Branch and as the Gestapo Officer Major von Happen in film classic Where Eagles Dare, who will be playing the role of Herr Frederick Winkelkopf.

Lord Arthur Savile is deliriously happy: a pillar of Victorian society on the verge of marriage to the lovely Sybil Merton, when a brief departure from late Nineteenth century convention leads him to an encounter with a chilling clairvoyant called Podgers.

Podgers secretly reveals that at some point in Arthur’s life, he is destined to commit murder. To protect his future wife, Arthur decides he must commit this bloody deed before he marries.

As he searched for the most convenient person to sacrifice, chaos ensues in this highly entertaining comedy of upper-class morality.

ENDS

Bill Kenwright presents Oscar Wilde’s Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime

Adapted by Trevor Baxter

Directed by Christopher Luscombe

Press Night: Monday 22 February, 7.30pm

 For press enquiries, interviews and other information please contact Ruth Findlay on 0131 622 8088 or press@eft.co.uk.

LISTINGS

King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

Mon 22 – Sat 27 February

7.30pm / Wed & Sat 2.30pm

Tickets: £14.00 – £26.50

Box Office: 0131 529 6000

www.kingstheatre.org.uk

Contact: Ruth Findlay
Phone: 0131 622 8088
Email: press@eft.co.uk
Website: http://www.kingstheatre.org.uk