The musical returns to London's Eventim Apollo Hammersmith this Christmas.
Producers have confirmed that rising star Jac Yarrow will be playing the lead role of Joseph in the upcoming production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, which opens at the London Palladium this June.
Yarrow will be joining Jason Donovan in the new production, who is taking on the role of the Pharaoh. Donovan has a long history with the musical, having performed as the title character in the ’90s across an 18-month run which also saw the recording of the hit soundtrack album.
Jac Yarrow will be making his professional stage debut in the production. The 21-year-old Cardiff native, who is currently at drama school, recently created a huge buzz with his starring performance in the Arts Educational School’s production of Disney’s Newsies.
“I can’t quite believe it,” says Jac, “here I am, 21 years old, still at Drama School and come June I’ll be standing centre stage at the prestigious London Palladium, singing the iconic music and lyrics of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice. My dream came true.”
Fans will also see Jason Donovan perform Song of the King in the Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice musical, reimagined for this brand new production.
Jason Donovan and Jac Yarrow will join the previously announced Bafta and Oliver Award winner Sheridan Smith, who will take on the role of The Narrator.
The iconic musical is currently gearing up for a summer season at the London Palladium from June and will run for a strictly limited 11 weeks through to Sunday 8 September 2019.
“You never know the measure of a moment until it becomes a memory, and what a moment that was for me,” Jason Donovan says of the musical. “Joseph was a ground breaker in 1991, and what a blast it will be to be back on the prestigious Palladium stage and be part of it all again with a brand new cast in this re-imagined 2019 production. I’m looking forward to breathing new life into Pharaoh and I’m so relieved he doesn’t wear a loin cloth!”
Rising to fame as Scott Robinson in Australian soap Neighbours, Jason turned to music in 1989 with his debut Ten Good Reasons release. Alongside his Olivier Award nominated turn in Joseph, his stage credits include Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Priscilla, Annie Get Your Gun and more.
He is also renowned for his turns in ITV’s I’m A Celebrity and the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing.
Double Olivier Award winner Sheridan Smith made her TV debut in 1999 in ITV’s comedy series Dark Ages and went on to become a renowned household name on the long running cult series Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps. Sheridan made her stage debut at the Donmar Warehouse in Into the Woods, and has since gone on to establish herself as one of the leading actresses in UK theatre.
She earned her first Olivier Award Nomination for her performance in Little Shop of Horrors at the Menier Chocolate Factory and in the West End, and in 2009 was awarded her first Olivier Award for her role of Elle Woods in the West End production of Legally Blonde the Musical. She also won the 2012 Olivier Award for Best Supporting Performance and the Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Actress for her role of Doris in Flare Path.
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat began life as a concept album in 1969, with the stage version going on to become one of the world’s most acclaimed family musicals. With multiple awards to its name, the musical has been performed thousands of times in the West End, Broadway and in over 80 countries across the globe. It includes favourites such as Any Dream Will Do, Close Every Door To Me, There’s One More Angel In Heaven and Go Go Go Joseph.
Laurence Connor (School of Rock, Miss Saigon) will direct the new production.
The story is told entirely through song with the help of Sheridan’s the Narrator. It follows Jacob’s favourite son and his 11 brothers, as Joseph is sold into slavery and ingratiates himself with Egyptian noble Potiphar. After ending up in jail for refusing the advances of Potiphar’s wife, Joseph discovers his ability to interpret dreams.
The show arrives in London for a strictly limited run on Thursday 27 June 2019.
Tickets for Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat will be available now through Ticketmaster.co.uk.