Tony nominee Samantha Bond and John Marquez have joined the cast for the West End premiere of Tony winner Jerry Mitchell's production of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels as Muriel Eubanks and Andre Thibault, respectively. They join previously announced headliners Robert Lindsay as Lawrence Jameson, Rufus Hound as Freddy Benson and Katherine Kingsley as Christine Colgate. Dirty Rotten Scoundrels will run at the Manchester Opera House from February 12, 2014 through February 22 and at the Aylesbury Waterside Theatre from February 26 to March 1, before arriving at the Savoy Theatre on March 10. Opening night is set for April 2.
The West End cast of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels also includes Lizzy Connolly as Jolene, Gavin Alex, Darren Bennett, Niamh Bracken, Lisa Bridge, Darren Carnall, Andy Conaghan, Lizzy Connolly, Phoebe Coupe, Claire Doyle, Alice Fearn, Selina Hamilton, Ian Knauer, Lisa Mathieson, Zak Nemorin, Genevieve Nicole, Javier Santos, Todd Talbot, Dominic Tribuzio, Jon Tsouras and Zara Warren.
Bond is best known for her role as Lady Rosamund Painswick in Downton Abbey and she received a Tony nod for her performance as Amy Thomas in 1999's Amy's View. Her other stage credits include Passion Play, What the Butler Saw, An Ideal Husband, Arcadia, Rubenstein’s Kiss, A Woman of No Importance, The Ends of the Earth, The Winter’s Tale and As You Like It. Bond's film credits include Goldeneye, The World is Not Enough, Tomorrow Never Dies and Die Another Day.
Marquez’s stage credits include Neville’s Island, Privates On Parade, Ding Dong The Wicked, The Taming of the Shrew, House of Games, Chain Play II, The Hypochondriac, Dark Side of Buffoon, A Flea In Her Ear, The Anniversary, Baby Doll, Sing Yer Heart Out for the Lads, The Emperor Jones, Market Boy, Boeing-Boeing, Mother Teresa Is Dead, Local and Identical Twins, Tales from Tennessee, The Good Soul of Szechuan, Annie Get Your Gun and Ragtime.
Featuring music and lyrics by David Yazbek and a book by Jeffrey Lane, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is based on the 1988 film of the same name, and tells the story of two conmen competing to swindle money from an American heiress. Dirty Rotten Scoundrels opened at Broadway's Imperial Theatre on March 3, 2005. Directed by Jack O'Brien, the cast included John Lithgow, Norbert Leo Butz, Sherie Rene Scott, Joanna Gleason and Gregory Jbara. The show received 11 Tony Award nominations, including Best Musical, and Butz was awarded Best Actor in a Musical.