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Sophiya Haque in Privates On Parade at the Noel Coward Theatre

Wednesday, 7th Nov 2012  

Update: Sophiya Haque sadly passed away on 16th Jan 2013 at the age of 41.  Further information can be found at ColeKitchenn.com.

Simon Russell Beale Joined by Haque, Mark Lewis and Harry Hepple, Among Others, in the West End from December

Earlier in the year it was revealed that Michael Grandage would be bringing Peter Nichols’ play “Privates On Parade” to the Noël Coward Theatre and in doing so he would also be directing Simon Russell Beale in a lead role. Now, with less than a month until previews begin in the West End, further names have been added to the list of roles, ensuring those with theatre tickets will see a wide range of actors take to the stage.

Sophiya Haque – of “Coronation Street” fame – and Harry Hepple are among the new names, as are John Marquez, Mark Lewis Jones, Chris Chan, Brodie Ross, Joseph Timms, Sam Swainsbury, Sadao Ueda and Angus Wright.

Sophiya Haque has a range of credits to her name, with her screen role perhaps her best known. She has appeared in the West End in shows like Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Bombay Dreams” and has also made her way to the stage in the likes of “The Far Pavilions”. Her screen credits include “Coronation Street”, “House of Anubis”, “Fairy Tales” and movies for the big screen like “Wanted”.

Meanwhile, Harry Hepple has also appeared in numerous shows over the years an comes to the Noel Coward Theatre on the back of “Been So Long” at The Young Vic Theatre, “Burnt by the Sun” at the National Theatre and “Alaska” at the Royal Court Theatre, following his arrival in the theatre scene in 2006. For the screen she has also appeared in “Inspector George Gently” and “Hustle”.

In “Privates on Parade”, London theatre audiences are introduced to Private Steven Flowers (Timms), who is sent to South East Asia to join the Song and Dance Unit during the Second World War. Working under the flamboyant Captain Terri Dennis (Russell Beale), he takes part in outrageous shows, cross dresses and performs well known songs from big names.

“Privates on Parade” is part of the new season of shows from Michael Grandage’s first season at the Noël Coward Theatre, with other productions like “The Cripple of Inishmaan” and “Peter And Alice” set to follow it.

It runs at the venue from Monday 10th December 2012 (previews from Saturday 1st December 2012) until Saturday 2nd March 2013. 

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