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Danny Dyer joins cast of Nativity! The Musical

He joins Jo Brand and Simon Lipkin at London's Eventim Apollo Hammersmith.

EastEnders and all-round British institution Danny Dyer will join comedian Jo Brand and West End star Simon Lipkin for the return of Nativity! The Musical. The show takes to London’s Eventim Apollo Hammersmith from the 19 until the 31 December 2018.

The musical, which returns due to phenomenal demand, has been adapted for the stage by Debbie Isitt who also created the popular films.

Nativity! The Musical tells the tale of Coventry based primary school St Bernadette’s as the youngsters attempt to put on their own musical. Things are complicated when Mr Maddens promises a visit by a Hollywood producer looking to turn the show into a film. What follows is manic hilarity as Maddens, his assistant Mr Poppy, and the impressive cast of children try to make it work.


The musical features favourites Sparkle and Shine, Nazareth, One Night One Moment, She’s the Brightest Star and more new songs.

Nativity! The Musical started life as the hit 2009 film, starring Martin Freeman as Mr Maddens and Marc Wootton as Mr Poppy.

The stage version welcomes Danny Dyer, who is also set to appear in the West End as part of the Pinter At The Pinter series. Perhaps currently best known as pub landlord Mick Carter in long running BBC series EastEnders, Dyer has a huge number of TV, film and stage credits to his name.

Comedian Jo Brand joins the Nativity! The Musical cast as she presents the Great British Bake Off spin-off An Extra Slice. As well as her illusrious stand-up career, Brand is also a regular a number of TV panel shows including QI.

Simon Lipkin reprises his role as Mr Poppy, having performed the part last year. He has also appeared in the third instalment of the Nativity! film series, and is set to appear alongside Daniel Boys, Craig Revel Horwood, Bradley Walsh and more in the fourth instalment later this year. Lipkin’s stage credits include Nicky/Trekkie in the original Avenue Q London cast, Guys And Dolls at the Phoenix Theatre, and in the original London cast of Rock Of Ages.

Nativity! The Musical returns to London, taking to the Eventim Apollo Hammersmith, from 19 – 31 December 2018.

Tickets for Nativity! The Musical, starring Danny Dyer, Jo Brand and Simon Lipkin, are available now through

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