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Theatre round-up: Ellie Leach to debut in Cluedo 2

Ellie Leach, Coronation Street star and reigning champion of Strictly Come Dancing, will make her stage acting debut as Miss Scarlett in the world premiere UK tour of Cluedo 2, which visits Cardiff's New Theatre this month (25-29 June).


With a new story set in the 1960s, the play is another spoof thriller, based on the Hasbro board game, and written by the BAFTA Award-winning TV writing duo, Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran (Birds of a Feather and Dreamboats and Petticoats), and directed by Mark Bell, who directed the original Cluedo play in the UK and The Play That Goes Wrong. 


Starring as Colonel Mustard will be West End actor and TV favourite Jason Durr, most recently seen as David Hide in BBC One’s Casualty, (a role he played for seven years from 2016).


The cast is completed by Jack Bennett (Wadsworth), Hannah Boyce (Mrs Peacock), Dawn Buckland (Mrs White), Liam Horrigan (Mr Black), Edward Howells (Professor Plum), Tiwai Muza (PC Silver) and Gabriel Paul (Reverend Green) with Kara Alberts-Turner, Audrey Anderson and Henry Lawes.



🎭 Kym Marsh plays the iconic villain Cruella de Vil in the musical version of 101 Dalmations at the New Theatre in October (15-19).


When she plots to swipe all the Dalmatian puppies in town to create her fabulous new fur coat, there’s trouble ahead for Pongo and Perdi and their litter of adorable, tail-wagging young pups.


This classic canine caper is brought to life on stage with spectacular puppetry, show-stopping choreography, hilarious songs and irresistible puppies! More info here.


🎭 Later that month (29 October - 2 November), Nina Wadia will star in a new British musical, based on the compilation pop albums Now That's What I Call Music.


Directed and choreographed by Craig Revel Horwood, it will also star Sonia, performing her own hits from the 1990s. More info here.


🎭 Looking ahead to next year, a stage version of Agatha Christie's Murder on The Orient Express visits the New Theatre next March (4-8).


Winter 1934 and an avalanche stops the Orient Express dead in its tracks.  An American tycoon lies dead in his compartment, stabbed eight times, his door locked from the inside. Trapped in the snow with a killer still on board, can the world’s most famous detective, Hercule Poirot, crack the case before the train reaches its final destination?

 

Casting is to be announced.


🎭 And a stage verson of Bill Bryson’s smash-hit memoir, Notes From A Small Island, starring TV favourite Les Dennis (pictured, right) as much-loved writer Bill Bryson, will visit Cardiff next May.

 

This stage adaptation celebrates one of the nation’s most beloved books by one of the country’s most treasured authors.


Notes From A Small Island spent three years in The Sunday Times bestsellers list and sold over two million copies.

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