Elaine Paige will star as Queen Rat alongside Ashley Banjo and Diversity as The Sultan and his Entourage. Other cast members announced are Gary Wilmot as Sarah the Cook and Charlie Temp as the titular Dick Whittington. They will join the previously announced Julian Clary, Paul Zerdin, and Nigel Havers.
About the newly announced cast of Dick Whittington
Elaine Paige has been dubbed ‘The First Lady of Musical Theatre’ for her contributions to the modern musical. She rose to fame after her award-winning performance as Eva Peron in Evita. She also created the role of Grizabella in the original production of Cats, with the classic song ‘Memory’ becoming one of Elaine’s many hit records. Her other theatre credits include Hair, Jesus Christ Superstar, and Grease.
Ashley Banjo is a street dancer, choreographer, and actor who leads the dance troupe Diversity. He and his group won third place in the show ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ and has continued performing onstage and in TV shows since. Some of Ashley’s recent TV credits include ‘Catchphrase: Celebrity Contestant’, ‘The Real Full Monty’, and ‘All Round to Mrs. Brown’s’.
Gary Wilmot’s first West End appearance was in 1989 when he starred as Bill Snibson in the award-winning musical Me and My Girl at the Adelphi Theatre. His most recent theatre credits include The Wind in the Willows (London Palladium), Big The Musical (Theatre Royal Plymouth/Bord Gais Energy Theatre), and End of the Rainbow (UK tour).
Charlie Stemp rose to fame when he starred in his most recent role as the lead Arthur Kipps in the West End run of Half a Sixpence. After graduating from Laine Theatre Arts in Epsom, he performed in Wicked and Mamma Mia. Furthermore, Charlie received nomination for the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical.