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Simon Paisley Day in Urinetown The Musical at the Apollo Theatre

Sunday, 14th Sep 2014  

The Stage Actor Reprising His Part from the St James Theatre Production

Recently it was revealed that the popular musical Urinetown, which had been playing at the St James Theatre, will be transferring to the Apollo Theatre in the West End, giving an even bigger audience to a high profile Broadway hit. Now it has also been announced that the show will feature Simon Paisley Day in the role of Caldwell B Cladwell, a part he played at the previous venue in Victoria.

Urinetown the Musical takes us to a world in which public toilets are a monopolised commodity, with the mentioned Caldwell B Cladwell being the man who is making money from the scheme. But this is not the only problem facing the residents of this society – anyone caught illegally relieving themselves are punished harshly. In this Tony Award winning musical, anyone caught in the act is sent to the eponymous Urinetown.

The production was first seen by those on the other side of the Atlantic in an off-Broadway staging in 2001, which soon turned into a fully fledged Broadway production later in the year. This was followed by wins at the subsequent Tony Award in categories like Best Book of a Musical, Best Direction of a Musical and Bet Musical Score.

Simon Paisley Day took on the role of Caldwell at the St James Theatre in 2013 and prior to that he had been seen in numerous London theatre shows, with 2013 also seeing him appear in The Low Road at the Royal Court Theatre. Other credits include The Taming Of The Shrew at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, Private Lives at the Vaudeville Theatre and Entertaining Mr Sloane at the Trafalgar Studios, among others. His screen work, meanwhile, has included the ITV series Titanic, Sherlock and Being Human, to name but a few.

Also newly announced for the West End transfer are Matthew Season-Young as Bobby Strong and Nathan Amzi as Officer Barrel.

The Apollo Theatre is now empty following the recent closure of Let The Right One In, which replaced the hit show The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (which, in turn, continues to entertain audiences at the Gielgud Theatre).

Urinetown The Musical is at the Apollo Theatre from Shaftesbury Avenue from Monday 29th September 2014 and its initial booking period takes it to Saturday 24th January 2014. 

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