Casting confirmed for La Cage Aux Folles (The Play)

Published: 12 January 2020
Reporter: Sheila Connor

Casting has been confirmed for the English language première of La Cage aux Folles (The Play) by Jean Poiret, in a new translation by Simon Callow at London's Park Theatre.

The production will star Michael Matus in the role of Georges and Paul Hunter as Albin, along with Sarah Lam, Syrus Lowe, Peter Straker, Mark Cameron, Arthur Hughes, Simon Hepworth, Louise Bangay, Georgina Ambrey and William Nelson. It will be directed by Park Theatre's Artistic Director, Jez Bond.

Nightclub owner Georges and his drag artiste partner Albin create the most spectacular shows in St. Tropez, but when Georges's son Laurent announces his engagement to the daughter of a notorious right-wing politician, determined to bring the curtain down on the town's vibrant nightlife, the real performance begins.

Callow said, "La Cage aux Folles is a great and brilliantly funny play about living the life you want to live. It's also a bit of an eye-opener about it was to be out and gay in the early seventies, but there's nothing remotely preachy about it; it's zany, outrageous, mad. A rampant farce, and utterly life-affirming."

Bond added, "despite attitudes to the LGBTQ community having changed over the last few years, we live in a world that's divided. Nearly fifty years after it first delighted audiences in Paris, the farce that inspired four films and an award-winning musical continues to shine a light on the ridiculousness of bigotry. I'm delighted to be directing this hilarious, heartfelt comedy and to be bringing the original play to the stage for the first time ever in the English language."

La Cage aux Folles will play at the Park Theatre, Finsbury Park from 12 February to 21 March 2020.