Full casting has been announced for Privates on Parade, the inaugural production of the newly launched Michael Grandage Company. The first of five plays at the Noel Coward Theatre in London, Privates on Parade will star previously announced actor Simon Russell Beale as the cross-dressing Captain Dennis. Written by Peter Nichols and directed by Grandage, Privates on Parade will play December 1 through March 2, 2013, with an official opening scheduled for December 10.
Joining Beale are Chris Chan (Lee), Sophiya Haque (Sylvia Morgan), Harry Hepple (Lance Corporal Charles Bishop), Mark Lewis Jones (Sergeant-Major Reg Drummond), John Marquez (Corporal Len Bonny), Brodie Ross (Leading Aircraftman Eric Young-Love), Sam Swainsbury (Flight-Sergeant Kevin Cartwright), Joseph Timms (Private Steven Flowers), Sadao Ueda (Cheng) and Angus Wright (Major Giles Flack).
In Privates on Parade, Private Steven Flowers (Timms) is posted to the Song and Dance Unit in South East Asia where, serving under the flamboyant Captain Terri Dennis (Beale), he discovers it takes more than just a uniform to become a man. The farce will include songs by Dennis King.
Privates on Parade will feature set and costume design by Christopher Oram, lighting design by Paule Constable, music direction by Jae Alexander, sound design by Terry Jardine and Nick Lidster and choreography by Ben Wright.
The Michael Grandage Company’s 15-month long season will continue with John Logan's Peter and Alice (starring Judi Dench and Ben Whishaw), Martin McDonagh’s The Cripple of Inishmaan with Daniel Radcliffe, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (starring Sheridan Smith and David Walliams) and Henry V starring Jude Law.