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FIRST LOOK: The Boy in the Dress

Back of the net! Footie, fashion and clever choreography come together in the RSC's new stage adaptation of David Walliams' children's novel. Take a peek ahead of next month's opening night.

It’s only one month to go before the first preview of the RSC’s brand new Christmas musical, The Boy in the Dress  on Friday November 8! Fancy going behind the scenes to catch all the football and glitterball action? Follow me…

The Boy in the Dress rehearsal photos, directed by Gregory Doran, taken in Clapham rehearsal rooms, October 2019. Photos by Manuel Harlan (c) RSC

We’ve got our hands on rehearsal pics –  and it’s looking pretty amazeballs! Tickets for Christmas time are already selling like hotcakes.

As the days turn colder and nights draw in the company has been warming up in football bootcamp at their Clapham rehearsal room before coming up to Stratford-upon-Avon. Football skills and fashion catwalk poses, they’ve been mastering them all!
Directed by the company’s Artistic Director Gregory Doran, David Walliams’ heart-warming comedy telling the story of star striker Dennis who wants to wear a dress to school.

If you’re familiar with the book, the show stars comedy actor Rufus Hound as Dennis’ dad.

Rufus Hound

Irvine Iqbal plays Raj, the shopkeeper and RSC Associate Forbes Masson is Mr Hawtrey, Dennis’  headteacher.

Irvine Iqbal, left. and Forbes Masson

Natasha Lewis is Dennis’ best friend Darvesh’s mum. She last appeared on the RSC stage in 2018’s fab original musical Miss Littlewood.

L-R – Ben Thompson as Oddbod and Natasha Lewis as Darvesh’s Mum

And twice Olivier nominated Charlotte Wakefield as Miss Windsor, (below).

Charlotte Wakefield

Here’s David Walliams with the younger members of the cast. The star role of Dennis will be played in turn by Oliver Crouch, Jackson Laing, Tom Lomas and Toby Mocrei; while Darvesh, Dennis’ best friend, will be shared between Ethan Dattani, Shivain Kara-Patel, Kassian Shae Ahktar and Arjun Singh Khakh.

Photo by Joe Bailey

The Boy in the Dress been adapted for stage by former RSC writer-in-residence Mark Ravenhill, with new songs by Robbie Williams and Guy Chambers. Guy will be performing songs from his new solo piano album, Go Gentle Into the Light, on Sun Oct 27 Live at the RSC.

Guy Chambers on left with David Walliams, Rufus Hound and members of the cast

If you want to get a head-‘er’ the crowds on press night (Nov) 27, the RSC has 10 tickets at just £20 every day throughout October  – you just need to book in person at the Box Office.

The Boy in the Dress runs from Nov 8 – March 8 2020 in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon. Book here

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