Casting announced as rehearsals begin for new KT Tunstall musical SAVING GRACE inspired by Doc Martin.

    Saving Grace The Musical

    Riverside Studios, 101 Queen Caroline St, London W6 9BN

    22 November – 4 December 2022

    Tuesday – Saturday at 7.30pm, Sundays at 2pm


    Producers Barney Wragg, Liz Murdoch, Xavier Marchand, Mark Crowdy and Craig Ferguson are delighted to announce casting today (18 October 2022) as rehearsals begin for the previously announced intimate first run of the new musical Saving Grace.

    The cast comprises Dianne Pilkington (Grace), David Fynn (Matthew), Cat Simmons (Nicky), Gunnar Cauthery (Dr Bamford), Craig Ferguson (Charley), Ellen O’Grady (Morgelyn), Gay Soper (Posy), Wendy Somerville (Pam) and Tim Prottey-Jones (Shag) with Nathanael Campbell, Taite-Elliot Drew, Claire O’Leary, Anna MacLeod, Johan Munir, Tasha Sheridan, Madison Swan and Silas Wyatt-Barke.

    Saving Grace will have twelve performances only at the Riverside Studios from Tuesday 22 November – Sunday 4 December 2022, with tickets from £30.

    With book by April De Angelis and music and lyrics by KT TunstallSaving Grace is directed by Laurence Connor. Musical supervision and arrangements are by John Rigby with set and costume designs by Laura Hopkins, lighting by Bruno Poet, sound by Richard Brooker, orchestrations by KT Tunstall and John Rigby, choreography by Sophia McAvoy and casting by David Grindrod for Grindrod Burton Casting. The production is based upon the original Sky film Saving Grace, written by Craig Ferguson and Mark Crowdy, based on a story by Mark Crowdy.

    Saving Grace was originally released in 2000 as the British comedy film starring Brenda Blethyn and Craig Ferguson, was directed by Nigel Cole and premiered at the Sundance Film Festival where it won the World Cinema Audience Award. After the success of the film, two prequels were made which were eventually developed into the hit ITV series Doc Martin.

    SAVING GRACE, the beloved film that inspired the smash-hit series Doc Martin is brought to the stage this autumn as a heart-warming and hilarious new musical. With music by BRIT Award-winner KT Tunstall and book by acclaimed playwright April de Angelis, this world premiere is directed by Tony Award nominee Laurence Connor.

    Sometimes in life, you just need to grow.

    After the suspicious death of her husband, Grace is alone and on the verge of bankruptcy. Finding an unlikely friend in her gardener Matthew, the budding entrepreneurs create a new joint venture to solve their financial woes. Dipping their toes into the dark side of horticulture, Grace and Matthew light up the sleepy seaside town of Port Isaac, as the pair find new highs in life’s lows.

    KT TUNSTALL

    MUSIC & LYRICS AND ORCHESTRATIONS

    KT Tunstall burst onto the music scene with her 2004 multi-platinum debut Eye to the Telescope which spawned the global hits “Black Horse and the Cherry Tree” and “Suddenly I See” establishing her as a performer as well as a Songwriter, with an ability for balancing introspective folk and propulsive rock. In the last few years, the Grammy-nominated Scottish Musician has expanded on these musical selves by focusing on a trilogy of records, where each album zeroes in on a single concept: soul, body and mind. The first, 2016’s KIN, was the soul record, 2018’s WAX was the body record, and the new NUT is the mind record. Saving Grace will be Tunstall’s first project for the theatre.

    LAURENCE CONNOR

    DIRECTOR

    Laurence Connor’s directing credits include Cinderella (Gillian Lynne Theatre); Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (The London Palladium); Chess (English National Opera); Unmasked (The Other Palace); Miss Saigon (Broadway, West End, US tours, UK tours, Australia, Japan, Korea, Austria); School of Rock (Broadway, West End, US tour, UK tour, Australia, China and Korea); Les Misérables (West End, Broadway, US tours, UK tours, Australia, Japan, Korea and Spain); Jesus Christ Superstar (UK and Australian arena tour); The Phantom of the Opera (UK and US tours) and Oliver! (UK tour). He directed the 25th anniversary concert of The Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall and the 25th anniversary concert of Les Misérables at the O2 in London, both of which were simultaneously broadcast in cinemas worldwide and subsequently released on DVD. His other DVD credits include Jesus Christ Superstar (world arena tour) and Miss Saigon (Prince Edward Theatre).

    APRIL DE ANGELIS

    BOOK

    April De Angelis is an acclaimed playwright who has worked in stage, radio and television. Her work includes My Brilliant Friend (Rose Theatre Kingston and National Theatre), The Village (Theatre Royal Stratford East), Frankenstein (Royal Exchange Theatre), Jumpy (starring Tamsin Greig, Royal Court and Duke of York’s Theatre, West End, Melbourne and Sydney), an adaptation of Wuthering Heights (Birmingham Rep), Wild East (Royal Court), A Laughing Matter (Out of Joint at National Theatre), A Warwickshire Testimony (Royal Shakespeare Company), The Positive Hour (Out of Joint at Hampstead Theatre), Playhouse Creatures (Sphinx Theatre Company at the Haymarket Theatre, at the Old Vic Theatre and at Chichester Festival Theatre), The Life and Times of Fanny Hill (The Old Fire Station Oxford and Bristol Old Vic). Other work includes the opera libretti Flight (Glyndebourne) and the Silent Twins (Almeida Theatre). Her television credits include Aristophanes (C4) and she has written extensively for radio including an acclaimed adaptation of Peyton Place (BBC Radio). Her original musical Gin Craze opened at Theatre Royal Northampton to rave reviews in July 2021 and will be revived in 2022/2023. She is currently under commission to Hampstead Theatre, Glyndebourne and Fiction House. Her new play Kerry Jackson will premiere at the National Theatre later this year.

    FIRST DAY REHEARSAL WITH THE NEW CAST

    Back row

    L-R Taite-Elliot Drew (Ensemble), Johan Munir (Ensemble), Nathanael Campbell (Vicar),Madison Swan (Ensemble), Dianne Pilkington (Grace), David Fynn (Matthew), Tasha Sheridan(Ensemble), Gay Soper (Posy), Cat Simmons (Nicky), Ellen O’Grady (Morgelyn),Silas Wyatt-Barke (Ensemble)

    Front Row L-R Anna MacLeod (Ensemble), Claire O’Leary (Ensemble), Wendy Somerville (Pam), Tim Prottey-Jones (Shag) and Gunnar Cauthery (Dr Bamford)

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