Casting: Jo Brand to star in Nativity the Musical!

The producers of the smash-hit ‘NATIVITY! THE MUSICAL’, are thrilled to announce the return of Simon Lipkin as the hilarious ‘Mr Poppy’ after delighting critics and audiences in the show last year. Joining Simon for the dates at Festival Theatre Edinburgh will be Jo Brand in the role of ‘The Critic’.

Scott Garnham will play ‘Mr Maddens’ and Ashleigh Gray will play ‘Jennifer Lore’. Joining them will be Andy Barke, Andy Brady, Jamie Chapman, Jemma Churchill, Oscar Conlon-Morrey, Gary Davis, Kade Ferraiolo, Ashleigh Graham and Helena Pipe.

Simon Lipkin played ‘Nicky’ and ‘Trekkie Monster’ in the original London cast of “Avenue Q” at the Noël Coward Theatre. His other West End credits include “Guys and Dolls” at the Phoenix Theatre, ‘Lonny’ in the original London cast of “Rock of Ages” and ‘Barlow’ in “I Can’t Sing” at the London Palladium. Simon will also star in Nativity Rocks’ the fourth film in the Nativity series which is released in November.

Jo Brand is a renowned English comedian, writer and actress and her entertainment career started with an appearance on Saturday Live television show in 1988. Since then she has written and starred in ‘Getting On’ for which she won a BAFTA and has continued to appear on a host of popular panel shows. These include ‘Have I Got News For You’, ‘QI’, ‘Would I Lie To You’ and ‘8 out of 10 Cats Does Countdown’. She is currently the presenter of ‘The Great British Bake Off: An Extra Slice’ on Channel Four and her new book ‘Born Lippy’ will be published next month.

Scott Garnham’s previous theatre credits include the UK Tour of ‘Billy Elliot The Musical’ and the West End productions of ‘Les Misérables’ at the Queen’s Theatre and ‘I Can’t Sing’ at the London Palladium. Ashleigh Gray is most known for playing the leading role, ‘Elphaba’ in “Wicked” in the West End and on UK Tour. Her other theatre credits include “Vanities” and “Cool Rider”.

The adult company are joined by the following children aged 9 – 12 from across the Midlands as the pupils of ‘St Bernadette’s School’; Ami Bakayoko , Evie Bennell-Low, Niamh Brady, Demi Delord,  Joseph Duffy, Tommy Gallagher, Alexander Hogg,  Kheiri Isaac-Osmani, Betsy Jiggins, Ben Lee, Marlie Olivia Love, Harry Martin, Joshua Millard-Lloyd, Jasmine McKenna, Amy-Louise Mulhall, Celie Newman,  Gerald Ngwenya, Lyla Peters, Katelyn-Janet Rollason, Aston Sidwell, Nicholas Vakis and Angeli Yunesse Sagala.

Following hugely successful open auditions, the following children from across the Central Belt will star in Edinburgh as students of ‘Oakmoor School’: Emma Borland (11), Edinburgh; Olive Swan (11), Edinburgh; Aaron Macgregor (9), Dunfermline; Ava Simkin (9), Edinburgh; Lawrie Banks (11), Edinburgh; Zac Gordon (9), Glasgow; Ava O'Malley (10), Glasgow; Skye Barr (11), Edinburgh; Anna Duncan (11), Cupar; Caitlin Crabbe (9), Edinburgh; Natalia Lopez (10), Edinburgh; Hazel Craig (9), Falkirk; Niamh Fyffe (10), Edinburgh; Abby Docherty (12), Glasgow; Eden Durrand (11), Glasgow.

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