Calamity Jane all set to blow in to the Granite City

Playing the title role in 'Calamity Jane' is West End Theatre star Jodie Prenger.

Playing the title role in 'Calamity Jane' is West End Theatre star Jodie Prenger.

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West End theatre star Jodie Prenger is heading the cast of a touring production of the classic musical ‘Calamity Jane’ which is coming to His Majesty’s Theatre in Aberdeen next summer.

The forthcoming new show begins a seven-week run at The Watermill Theatre in Newburgh, on Thursday, July 17 before starting an extensive national tour.

It will take the production to His Majesty’s Theatre in June next year and tickets go on sale this summer to APA Friends on Thursday, July 31 and to the general public on Tuesday, August 5, online at www.aberdeenperformingarts.com, by phone at 01224 641122 and at Aberdeen Box Office at the Music Hall and His Majesty’s Theatre.

Joyce Summers, APA press manager said: “We’re hugely excited to bring Jodie and ‘Calamity Jane’ to His Majesty’s Theatre - it’s doubly great in that Jodie is carving out a career as one of the greats of musical theatre since her debut in ‘Oliver’ and ‘Calamity Jane’ is just one of the greatest musical movies of all time.

“It’s going to be one of the hottest tickets of the summer.”

Playing the title role of Calamity Jane, Jodie is probably best known for winning the role of Nancy in Cameron Mackintosh’s West End production of ‘Oliver!’ through the BBC television series ‘I’d Do Anything’. During her run in the show at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane she received both critical and public acclaim for her portrayal of the role.

Since then she has starred in the National Theatre’s hit production of ‘One Man, Two Guvnors’ both in the West End and on tour and as ‘Lady of the Lake’ in ‘Spamalot’. She is also a regular presenter on BBC Radio 2.

Joining Jodie on stage will be Tom Lister as Wild Bill Hickok, Alex Hammond as Danny and Phoebe Street as Katie Brown.

Most recently seen in ‘Grimes and Eel’ in the world premiere of ‘Water Babies’ at Leicester Curve, Tom is probably best known to TV audiences for his role as Carl King in ITV’s ‘Emmerdale’, a part he played for nine years. His theatre credits also include Pan in ‘Loves Mistress’ at the Globe Theatre and Ralph in ‘Accrington Pals’ at the West Yorkshire Playhouse.

Alex made his professional debut in the hugely successful ‘Taboo’ at the Brixton Academy and most recently played the role of Adam Pontipee in the national tour of ‘Seven Brides for Seven Brothers’. Phoebe most recently appeared in ‘The Light Princes’ at the National Theatre and her other credits include ‘Les Miserables’ at the Queen’s Theatre where she made her West End debut.

‘Calamity Jane’ has an Oscar-nominated score that includes ‘The Black Hills of Dakota’ and the award-winning ‘Secret Love’.