The full cast list has been announced for the world premiere of Fisherman’s Friends: The Musical. The show will open at the Hall for Cornwall from 13 October 2021.
FISHERMAN’S FRIENDS: THE MUSICAL is a brand-new musical based on the true story of Cornwall’s favourite singing sea-shanty sensations. Their smash-hit 2019 Universal Pictures film grossed over £11.5 million worldwide at the box office.
The cast list include: Calum Callaghan (Mr Selfridge) plays Danny, a fish-out-of-water music manager who stumbles across a group of shanty singing fishermen in Port Isaac, Cornwall. Next up is Deka Walmsley (Billy Elliot, Macbeth), Deka plays leader of the band, Jim. He takes some convincing to sign up his friends and family to the world of music recording.
The cast also include fellow fishermen: Jago played by Robert Duncan (Drop the Dead Donkey). Next, Leadville played by Mensah Bediako (Master Harold and the Boys). Also joined by Rowan played by Dan Buckley (The Book of Mormon) and Dinger played by Rakesh Boury (Rock of Ages). Additionally, Wiggie played will be by Matt Slack (Blood Brothers) and Archie played by Hadrian Delacey (The Phantom of the Opera). The last band member is Cornish actor Edward Rowe. He known for his comedy character Kernow King and as the star of Mark Jenkin’s BAFTA-winning film Bait.
Star of stage and screen Susie Blake (Mrs Brown’s Boys, Coronation Street) joins the company as pub landlady Maggie, alongside Parisa Shahmir (The Last Ship) as Alwyn. Deborah Tracey (Standing At The Sky’s Edge) as the record label manager Leah and Georgia Bruce (Malory Towers) as Sally.
Completing the cast by on-stage actor-musicians, James William-Pattison (Once) and Annie Grace (Sting’s The Last Ship). Additionally, John O’Mahony (This Restless House) and Louisa Beadel (Fame). Also including musicians, Hazel Askew (BBC Radio 2 Folk Award nominee), Alfie Gidley (New Roots finalist) and Musical Director James Findlay (winner of the BBC Young Folk Award 2010).
Performances will run from Wednesday 13 October to Saturday 30 October 2021. This will be the Hall for Cornwall’s first major production to take to the stage, following a three-year, multi-million pound transformation of the venue.
Fisherman’s Friends: The Musical is directed by James Grieve and written by Amanda Whittington. Choreography is by Matt Cole, set and costume design by Lucy Osborne. Musical supervision by David White, sound by Dan Samson, and lighting by Johanna Town.