Initial West End Casting Announced for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

The producers of the musical The Curious Case of Benjamin Button have revealed the initial casting for its upcoming run at the Ambassadors Theatre, starting Thursday, October 10, 2024.

Adapted for the stage by Jethro Compton and Darren Clark, this musical is based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s short story and is set in a Cornish fishing village. It tells the unique story of Benjamin Button, who ages in reverse. The show won Best Musical Theatre Production at the 2024 Off West End Awards and has already garnered rave reviews from WhatsOnStage.

Award-winning actor John Dagleish (Sunny Afternoon, Sylvia, Harlequinade) will star as Benjamin Button. He will be joined by Matthew Burns, Jonathan Charles, Oonagh Cox, Anna Fordham, Philippa Hogg, Damien James, Ann Marcuson, Jack Quarton, and Benedict Salter, all of whom are reprising their roles from the 2023 Southwark Playhouse production. Additionally, Elliot Mackenzie joins the ensemble, with further casting announcements to come.

The creative team includes Jethro Compton as director and stage designer, with Mark Aspinall and Darren Clark serving as co-music supervisors, orchestrators, and arrangers. Aspinall will also act as musical director. Chi-San Howard is the choreographer, Anna Kelsey handles costume and associate stage design, Luke Swaffield is the sound designer, and Zoe Spurr is the lighting designer. Casting is managed by Ginny Schiller.

The production is presented by ATG Productions, Gavin Kalin Productions, Gary Beestone Associates, Eilene Davidson Productions, Susan Edelstein Productions, Umeda Arts Theater, Rupert Gavin and Mallory Factor, Winkler and Smalberg, and Jethro Compton Productions.

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