Nigel Lindsay in Guys And Dolls at the Phoenix Theatre
Audiences headed to the Phoenix Theatre from the end of the month will be treated to a brand new Nathan Detroit as current star Richard Kind steps down from the role on Sunday 22nd May 2016.
Nigel Lindsay, best known to musical theatre fans in recent years for taking on the eponymous role in Shrek The Musical when it played at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, will play the part from the 26th and remain in the show for a full month. It means that those witnessing the Chichester Festival Theatre production will have a familiar face to see treading the boards in the West End, albeit one that people are perhaps used to seeing under green makeup.
Unlike the lovable green ogre, Nathan Detroit inhabits a dark world as the prohibition-era conman at the centre of Guys and Dolls. At the beginning of the story he has many predicaments, including financial problems and a relationship with Miss Adelaide (they’re engaged but they don’t seem to ever be getting married). Enter Sky Masterson, a gambler, and Sarah, a Salvation Army missionary. The former has a wager that Nathan hopes will pay out and solve all of his problems.
The show is best known for its musical numbers of course, which include the likes of Luck Be A Lady and If I Were A Bell, amongst various others.
As Detroit, Lindsay will be following-up a wealth of productions in which he has played a part over the years. In addition to the mentioned Shrek The Musical, he previously played the part of Nathan Detroit in 2005 when Guys And Dolls ran at the Piccadilly Theatre, whilst his other credits include Bull at the Young Vic, Speed The Plow at the Playhouse Theatre, Richard II for the Royal Shakespeare Company and Sucker Punch at the Royal Court Theatre. Audiences will also recognise him from screen roles such as Barry in the film Four Lions.
He appears alongside Samantha Spiro’s Miss Adelaide and Oliver Tompsett as Sky Masterson. He begins performances on Thursday 26th May 2016.