Cast unveiled for new musical What’s New Pussycat?

Published: 7 August 2021
Reporter: Steve Orme

Dominic Andersen and the cast in rehearsal for What’s New Pussycat? Credit: Pamela Raith

Dominic Andersen will play Tom Jones in the musical What’s New Pussycat? which will have its première at Birmingham REP in October 2021.

Inspired by the novel The History of Tom Jones, A Foundling, the romantic musical comedy reimagines Henry Fielding’s classic tale in London’s swinging ‘60s and sets the story to the music of Sir Tom Jones.

Andersen played Rocky Horror in Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show in the West End in 2015 and Ram Sweeney in Heathers the Musical at the Theatre Royal Haymarket in 2018.

The cast also includes Bronté Barbé as Mary Western, Ashley Campbell as Mr Partridge, Julius D’Silva as Lord Allworthy, Rebekah Hinds as The Girl in the Polka Dot Dress, Harry Kershaw as William Blifil, Kelly Price as Lady Bellaston and Melanie Walters as Mrs Western.

Tom Francis, Naomi Katiyo, Lemuel Knights, David Mairs-McKenzie, Lisa Mathieson, Fallon Mondlane, Jena Pandya, Nathan Rigg, Owen Saward and Carrie Willis will make up the ensemble.

What’s New Pussycat? is written by Joe DiPietro and directed by Luke Sheppard. Dame Arlene Phillips is the choreographer.

The creative team also features Matt Brind (musical supervisor and orchestrator), Jon Bausor (set design), Janet Bird (costume design), Akhila Krishnan (video design), Gareth Owen (sound design), Howard Hudson (lighting design), Dale White (associate choreographer), Priya Patel Appleby (assistant director) and Josh Sood (musical director).

What’s New Pussycat? is set to the soundtrack of Sir Tom Jones’s greatest hits including “Green, Green Grass of Home”, “It’s Not Unusual”, “Leave Your Hat On”, “Delilah” and “Sex Bomb”. It will première at Birmingham REP from Friday 8 October until Sunday 14 November.