Samantha Spiro in Guys And Dolls at the Phoenix Theatre
You don’t even need to cast your mind back a month to remember the recent announcement that Guys and Dolls, the classic Broadway musical following the exploits of prohibition-era Nathan Detroit, will be continuing its current West End run at the Phoenix Theatre this year. The production had already entertained plenty of theatregoers at the Savoy Theatre during its current revival so those still in waiting will clearly be happy that the show continues in the capital.
But what about the cast? Today news emerges that many of the big names from the Savoy Theatre run will be making the transfer as well, with Siubhan Harrison and Gavin Spokes remaining. However, audiences will also be keen to hear that Samantha Spiro is joining the production in the role of Miss Adelaide, with other new faces appearing like Oliver Tompsett, Richard Kind, Billy Boyle and Jason Pennycooke.
The name Samantha Spiro will be instantly recognisable to those that have frequented a London theatre in recent years as she has appeared in a wealth of shows here. These have ranged from productions at the Open Air Theatre like Hello Dolly! and Much Ado About Nothing to further Shakespearean work like Macbeth at Shakespeare’s Globe and Twelfth Night at the Donmar Warehouse.
As Miss Adelaide she plays the fiancé of Richard Kind’s Nathan Detroit in Guys And Dolls, a character who has been waiting for marriage for more than a decade. We follow Detroit’s dealings in the big city during America’s prohibition era, with dice games and further wagers playing a bit part in his life as he attempts to make the big money.
Some of the show’s famous musical numbers include Luck Be A Lady, A Bushel And A Peck, If I Were A Bell, My Time Of Day and I Know, amongst many others.
So as Guys And Dolls makes its way to its next West End location, audiences can look forward to performances from some big names working under Gordon Greeberg’s direction and Caros Acosta’s choreography.
The production opens at the Phoenix Theatre in March. Meanwhile, the Savoy Theatre still hosts the show until the 12th.