- Denise Van Outen
- Michael Xavier
- Charlie / Vittorio Vidal / Oscar Lindquist
- Kimberley Walsh
- Kerry Ellis
- Michael Simkins
- Rodney Earl Clarke
- Big Daddy
- Amy Perry
- Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra
- ArtsEd Ensemble
- Richard Balcombe
- music director
- Paul Foster
- stage director
- Matt Flint
- Wednesday 19 August, 7.30pm
- Thursday 20 August, 2.30pm & 7.30pm
- Friday 21 August, 7.30pm
- Saturday 22 August, 2.30pm & 7.30pm
SWEET CHARITY is a comical but tender look at the adventures and misadventures in the ways of love encountered by New York dance hall hostess Charity Hope Valentine. Dreaming of old-fashioned romance, Charity is always falling for the wrong man and gives her heart to one undeserving man after another.
Denise Van Outen stars as Charity – singing, dancing, laughing and crying her way through this all-time classic musical comedy, alongside a host of other wonderful characters including her cynical girlfriends at the dance hall (Kerry Ellis and Kimberley Walsh), claustrophobic tax accountant suitor Oscar (Michael Xavier) and the phony evangelist Big Daddy (Rodney Earl Clarke). Through trials and tribulations, sweet Charity continues searching for love, ever hopeful.
Featuring a fabulous score, including the classic songs Big Spender, There’s Gotta Be Something Better Than This, Rhythm Of Life, If My Friends Could See Me Now, I’m A Brass Band, Baby, Dream Your Dream, performed by the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, dancing and chorus from ArtsEd Ensemble, Cadogan Hall’s summer production 2015 will be the best one yet!
Denise Van Outen has played Roxie Hart (Chicago) on both West End and Broadway stages and Paulette in Legally Blonde (Savoy Theatre). Last year Denise wrote and starred in her widely acclaimed musical show Some Girl I Used to Know.
Michael Xavier is a two-time Laurence Olivier Award nominated English actor and singer (Into the Woods, Love Story). In February 2015, Michael joined the cast of Stephen Sondheim’s award-winning musical Assassins.
Kimberley Walsh is widely recognised as one fifth of Girls Aloud. Following the band’s split in 2013, Kimberley made her West End debut in 2012 as Princess Fiona in Shrek the Musical.
Kerry Ellis is best known for her work in musical theatre and has played lead roles in West End musicals including Les Misérables, Oliver and Wicked, winning a Whatsonstage Award in 2015 for her role as Elphaba. In February 2015, Ellis replaced Nicole Scherzinger in the role of Grizabella in Cats at the London Palladium.
Michael Simkins, currently starring in the hugely successful production of Hay Fever in the West End, has a mass of theatre, TV and film credits to his name, including Chicago, Mamma Mia, The King & I, Candide, Oh What A Lovely War and Company.
Rodney Earl Clarke is recognised for his versatility as a singer in works ranging from Bach and Mozart to Gershwin and Bernstein, including roles in ENO’s award-winning production of Bernstein’s On the Town, The Broadway Sound BBC Prom with the John Wilson Orchestra and Jake in Gershwin’s Porgy & Bess with Sir Simon Rattle.
Book by Neil Simon. Music by Cy Coleman. Lyrics by Dorothy Fields.
Based on an original screenplay by Federico Fellini, Tullio Pinelli and Ennio Flaiano.
Produced for the Broadway stage by Fryer, Carr and Harris.
Conceived, staged and choreographed by Bob Fosse.
Concert is presented in arrangement with Tams-Witmark Music Library Inc., 560 Lexington Avenue, New York, New York 10022.