Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
Soon realising the town ain’t big enough for the both of them, the two find themselves going head to head in the con of their lives...
The Ambassador Theatre Group and Jerry Mitchell Productions are delighted to announce a national tour of the critically acclaimed Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, which comes to the New Theatre Oxford on August 4-8, 2015.
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels opened in the West End in March this year to rave reviews and packed houses. This musical is based on the legendary 1988 film starring Michael Caine and Steve Martin.
Tony Award winning director and choreographer Jerry Mitchell said “I am thrilled that Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, our very first show from Jerry Mitchell Productions, will be taking to the road in the UK. I have no doubt that every city we visit will take this hilarious show to their hearts and will laugh and enjoy this musical as much as a quarter of a million people who have already seen it so far have done”.
It will star Michael Praed (The Sound of Music, Dangerous Corner, High Society), Noel Sullivan (We Will Rock You, Priscilla Queen of the Desert), Carley Stenson (Legally Blonde, Shrek the Musical) and Mark Benton (Hairspray, Waterloo Road).
Prepare to be transported to the luxurious lap of the French Riviera where the decadent world of sophisticated conman Lawrence Jameson is set to come crashing down with the arrival of larger-than-life Freddy Benson – a conman of an entirely different order.
Soon realising the town ain’t big enough for the both of them, the two find themselves going head to head in the con of their lives, pulling out all of the stops in a bid for the affections of millionaire soap heiress Christine Colgate. Little do they know what they’ve let themselves in for.
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is directed and choreographed by Tony Award winning Jerry Mitchell (Kinky Boots – currently Broadway’s biggest Tony Award winning hit, Legally Blonde, Hairspray) in his debut production for Jerry Mitchell Productions. Dirty Rotten Scoundrels has music and lyrics by Drama Desk Award winner David Yazbek (Late Night with David Letterman, The Full Monty) and book by the Golden Globe and Emmy-Award winning Jeffrey Lane (Mad About You).
Jerry Mitchell Productions is a partnership between the Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG) and Tony Award winner Jerry Mitchell. Jerry Mitchell Productions will work to develop, create and produce new productions, focussing on a wide range of projects from new commissions to fresh, innovative versions of classic pieces for ATG Theatres in London, New York and around the world.
Tickets can be purchased from the New Theatre box office on George Street, by ringing 0844 871 3020 or by visiting our website at (phone and internet bookings subject to booking/transaction fee).
For bookings of 10 or more, or for Equal Access bookings, please call our dedicated in-house team on 0844 871 3040.
“A masterclass in how to put on a musical”
“Very, very, very funny”
“Richly original, damnably charming, a scandalous delight”
OX reviews Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at Savoy Theatre...
By Sam Bennett
I sometimes go to the theatre on an empty stomach, I like seeing if the production makes me forget I’m hungry – and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels did. An actor playing a con artist ending up on the conductor’s stand, a fake doctor hitting a fake disabled man with a stick and Bonnie Langford dropping the ‘F Bomb’ all happening on stage leaves no room to think about your dinner.
Robert Lindsay is a great mover, like Del-Boy in a casino after dancing lessons.
He also has an ability to talk as if doing so subtly to one person even though he is presenting to the whole audience. Add a singing voice like silk, a knack for playing with the audience and an understanding that a bit of corpsing is OK here and you’ve got the perfect Lawrence Jameson for the musical. (Another little touch involved Lindsay pretending to be a dentist, a humerous nod back to his My Family character).
Other qualities of DRS include total embracement of the fact they’re in a theatre with lights and clever set that can disappear into the floor, Citizen Smith and Dolly Parton references and a number called ‘Great Big Stuff’ which fits beautifully on the opposite end of the lyrical spectrum to Sam Smith’s ‘Money on my Mind’!
The show runs at Oxford’s New Theatre 4-8 August. A great new cast just announced, wonderful direction and choreography by Jerry Mitchell, a hilarious Jeffrey Lane script and bold and brilliant songs from David Yazbek are why you should see the production!
Top Image - Original London Company with Katherine Kingsley as Christine Colgate
Bottom Image - Original London Company (Credit: Johan Persson)
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