Gary Trainor to Take Over School of Rock – The Musical’s West End Run

Gary Trainor will star as Dewey Finn in the ongoing West End production of School of Rock – The Musical. Trainor has been the alternate Dewey to David Fynn since the show first premiered in London; but soon, he will take over the lead role beginning 17th May. Meanwhile, Stephen Leask is joining the cast as the new alternate Dewey.

Aside from this, New London Theatre’s School of Rock – The Musical has extended its run through 14th January 2018.

Meet the new Deweys

Gary Trainor as Dewey Finn on School of Rock the Musical.
Gary Trainor as Dewey Finn on School of Rock – The Musical. Photo courtesy of

Before School of Rock – The Musical, Trainor starred in Beautiful–The Carole King Musical at the Aldwych Theatre. He was also on I Can’t Sing at the London Palladium; Potted Potter at the Garrick Theatre and on US and Australia tours; and, The Shawshank Redemption at Wyndham’s Theatre.

Meanwhile, Leask’s other London theatre credits include One Man, Two Guvnors at the Theatre Royal Haymarket and Potted Panto at the Vaudeville Theatre.

School of Rock – The Musical and its power-packed cast

Joining Trainor and Leask are Florence Andrews as Rosalie Mullins; Oliver Jackson as Ned Schneebly; and Preeya Kalidas as Patty Di Marco. Jonathan Bourne, Nadeem Crowe, Michelle Francis, Rosanna Hyland, Cassandra McCowan, Joel Montague, Andy Rees, Cameron Sharp, Andrew Spillett, Alex Tomkins and Lucy Vandi as swings, Charlotte Bradford, Jason Denton, Cellen Chugg Jones, Alfie Parker, and Tasha Sheridan make up the ensemble. Lastly, completing the cast are three teams of 13 young performers who make up Dewey’s band.

Based on the iconic hit movie, School of Rock – The Musical is a rocking story about Dewey Finn, a failed wannabe rock star who decides to earn extra cash by posing as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school. The musical features 14 new songs from Andrew Lloyd Webber and all the original songs from the movie, creating a fun night of sing-alongs and rock-and-roll for old and new fans alike.