Despite initally indicating that he would not be on board for the West End transfer of Mark Hollmann and Greg Kotis' Urinetown, Simon Paisley Day (Doctor Who, Sherlock) will be reprising his critically-acclaimed role as Caldwell B. Cladwell in the production. Directed by Jamie Lloyd, the tuner, also starring the previously announced Jenna Russell, Jonathan Slinger and Marc Elliott, will begin performances on September 29 at the West End’s Apollo Theatre.
Matthew Seadon-Young will also return to the show, but this time as Bobby Strong, the role previously played by Broadway vet Richard Fleeshman. Nathan Amzi (The Voice) will appear as Officer Barrel. Alasdair Buchan, Christina Modestou, Kane Oliver Parry and Vicky Lee Taylor also join cast.
Urinetown is set in a futuristic city where a corporation owns all the toilets, so citizens must pay for their use. Aggravated by this arrangement, Bobby Strong organizes an uprising against Urine Good Company, a main holder of toilets, and its president Caldwell B. Cladwell. When things intensify, Hope Cladwell, the boss' daughter, must choose between Bobby and her father. Urinetown ran on Broadway from 2001 to 2004 and won Tony Awards for Best Book, Best Score and Best Direction.
The production will feature design by Soutra Gilmour with choreography by Ann Yee, lighting design by Adam Silverman, sound design by Terry Jardine & Nick Lidster, wig & hair design by Richard Mawbey, fight direction by Kate Waters, orchestrations by Bruce Coughlin and musical supervision & direction by Alan Williams.