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Strictly Come Dancing's RUSSELL GRANT Heads to the West End in CHILDREN OF EDEN

Strictly Come Dancing’s 
Russell Grant 
back starring in the West End 
for the first time in 34 years

Photo by Caire Bilyard


Strictly Come Dancing star Russell Grant is returning to star in the West End after 34 years - to play a snake!

Russell will appear alongside Gareth Gates, Kerry Ellis, Oliver Thornton and Brenda Edwards in the Biblical-inspired musical Children of Eden, by Wicked composer Stephen Schwartz and John Caird, which is being revived in the West End for one night only in a spectacular star-studded charity gala at the Prince of Wales Theatre on Sunday 29 January.

“I am delighted to be returning to the West End after such a long time; and supporting such a great cause, especially as I have a close friend who has recently been diagnosed with Crohn's’“ says Russell. “And I am really looking forward to working with Gareth again having had such a wonderful time in panto in Milton Keynes over Christmas.”

Director Drew Baker said:”I am delighted that Russell has agreed to play the role of the Snake. After following him on Strictly Come Dancing, he was the perfect choice. The Snake is a role full of seduction and temptation and Russell is sure to bring something glorious to the character. We are all very excited!”

Russell Grant found international fame through becoming the Astrologer Royal but before Her Majesty, the late Queen Mother patronised him he had a very successful career in theatre, TV and film. His first role was for the very successful BBC TV’s Wednesday Play – he played a Welsh boy intent on arson! From here on to On The Buses, Please Sir!, The Fenn Street Gang, all the Doctor series starring both Barry Evans and Robin Nedwell. For over 10 years he appeared in classics such as Canterbury Tales for BBC TV starring Joss Ackland and Barbara Jefford and was in the first ever colour  TV production the BBC’s Gazette. His first stage appearance was at the New Theatre Cardiff. He then appeared in stage tours of Ivor Novello’s King’s Rhapsody and Rodger and Hammerstein’s The King and I. He headed into the West End playing Slogger Williams with Chris Guard, Simon Le Bon and Keith Chegwin - at the time all unknowns - in the musical Tom Brown’s Schooldays. Other West End and National tour propductions included Camille (Arts Theatre): Hans Andersen (London Palladium); and Iolanthe. He was also one of the stars in the revival of Lupino Lane’s Me And My Gal at the Forum Theatre in Billingham before it transferred to the West End. During the period of astrological fame -  nine years on BBC Breakfast Time and TV-AM - Russell appeared as Dame in many theatres, including the New Cardiff with Ruth Madoc, John Nettles and Andrew O’Connor, the Yvonne Arnaud, Guildford, and Blackpool Grand.

Children of Eden will be performed by a company of 75, and will feature stars drawn from the West End and TV. The concert is being staged to raise awareness of the chronic and debilitating condition, Crohn’s disease and all proceeds will be donated to Crohn’s and Colitis UK.

Children of Eden had its world premiere at the Prince Edward Theatre on January 8, 1991. It’s a joyous and inspirational musical about parents, children and faith. Freely based on the story of Genesis, Children of Eden is a frank, heartfelt and often humorous examination of the age-old conflict between parents and children. The show delivers a bittersweet but inspiring message: that the hardest part of love is letting go.

LISTINGS INFO

Children of Eden 

Prince of Wales Theatre
Coventry Street
London
W1D 6AS

Box Office: 0844 482 5116

Sunday 29 January at 7.00pm

Tickets from £30.00

VIP Packages include champagne
 pre-show reception, premium seat and access to the 
concert after-party  


Crohn’s and Colitis UK is the working name of the National Association for Colitis and Crohn’s Disease (NACC) which is a registered charity - Number 1117148 (England and Wales) and SC038632 (Scotland)

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