West End stars Earl Carpenter and Daniel Boys are the final stars to be cast in a star-studded charity gala performance of Boublil And Schonberg’s ‘The Pirate Queen’ at the London Coliseum on Sunday 23 February. Proceeds are going to Leukaemia UK.

Earl Carpenter (who plays Dubhdara, widowed father of Grace) has performed leading and title roles in some of the world’s greatest musicals including Cameron Mackintosh’s and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s original and 25th Anniversary productions and concert celebrations of ‘Les Misérables’, ‘Phantom of the Opera’, ‘The Witches of Eastwick’, ‘Sunset Boulevard’ and ‘Evita’ in London, Broadway, Toronto, Paris and subsequent Europe, Asian and United Kingdom tours.

Daniel Boys (Lord Bingham, confidante and advisor to Queen Elizabeth I) has just starred in ‘Falsettos’ (The Other Palace). His other London and West End shows include ‘The Boys in the Band’ (Park Theatre/National Tour and transfer to Vaudeville Theatre); ‘Miss Atomic Bomb’ (The Other Palace); ‘Spamalot’ (Playhouse), ‘Tommy in Concert (Prince Edward), ‘Avenue Q’ Gielgud / Noel Coward – Winner of the 2009 Theatregoers Choice Award for Best Takeover in a Role).

They join the previously announced Rachel Tucker (as Grace O’Malley, Irish Chieftain and notorious pirate), Hannah Waddingham (Queen Elizabeth I), Steph Parry, Emma Norman, ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ winner Jai McDowall and Matthew Pagan from Collabro as headliners.

Steph Parry recently made headlines for “saving the day” at ‘Mamma Mia!’ While standing by at ‘42nd Street’, she was called to run down the road to take over the role of Donna mid show due to a cast injury. Subsequently she was given the lead role of Dorothy Brock in ‘42nd Street’ for the summer of 2018 and now leads the cast of ‘Mamma Mia! The Party’ as Kate at The 02.

They join the previously announced

Featured ensemble: Pearce Barron (Zombies: The Musical, Up Next), Jamie Birkett (‘Les Miserables’, ’Rent’), Trudi Camilleri (lead in ‘Queen of the Mist’, ‘Death Takes a Holiday’), Sabrina Carter (Wicked, The Miser), Shaun Dalton (Kinky Boots, Eugenius), Adam Dawson (Hair, Spring Awakening), Callum Heinrich (Mamma Mia, Jane Eyre), Jade Johnson (The Book of Mormon, Club Mex: Immersive Club Musical), Harry Mills (Sunday in the Park with George, Batboy), Charlotte Payne (Potted Panto, Velvet), Sophie Reeves (Les Miserables, The Woman in White) and Jak Skelly (Oklahoma, Cats).

Ensemble: Skye Adams, Thomas Ball, Jeremy Batt, Mary-Jean Caldwell, Sinead O Callaghan, Christopher Cameron, Jordan Castle, Alfie Doohan, Charlie Ellerton, Judicel Eslao, Nicola Espallardo, Amy Everett, Lois Morgan Gay, Aidan Harkins, Siwan Henderson, Hannah-Grace Lawson, James Mateo-Salt, Scarlett Maltman, Ethan Tanner, Harry Winchester and Cristian Zaccarini.

Based on the real-life story of history’s Grace O’Malley – an Irish Chieftain and notorious pirate, ‘The Pirate Queen’ is an adventure chronicling the compelling, inspiring heroine who led an extraordinary life as a rogue, lover and mother in 16th-century Ireland. To protect her people and save her one true love, O’Malley must confront the one woman more powerful than her — her fierce rival, Queen Elizabeth I of England.

From the writers of ‘Les Misérables’ and ‘Miss Saigon’, the show combines classic storytelling and a sweeping score, with the powerful, vibrant traditions of Irish dance and song, to create a modern musical event that is both historic romance and a timeless epic.

It opened on Broadway in 2007. This concert production marks its London debut.

Creative team:
Music by Claude-Michel Schonberg
Lyrics by Alain Boublil, Richard Maltby, Jr., John Dempsey
Book by Alain Boublil, Claude-Michel Schonberg, Richard Maltby, Jr.
Based on the novel ‘Grania - She King of the Irish Seas’ by Morgan Llewelyn
Director Drew Baker
Designer Ben M Rogers
Associate Director Max Reynolds
Principal Casting Consultant Harry Blumenau
Producer Tom Gribby

Claude-Michel Schonberg

Born in 1944 of Hungarian parents, Claude-Michel Schonberg began his career in France as a singer, writer and producer of pop songs. In collaboration with Alain Boublil he is the book co-writer and the composer of La Révolution Française, Les Misérables, Miss Saigon, Martin Guerre and The Pirate Queen. In 2008 his new musical, Marguerite, in collaboration with Alain Boublil, Michel Legrand and Herbert Kretzmer opened at the Haymarket Theatre in London. Claude-Michel has supervised overseas productions and co-produced several international cast albums of his shows. In 2001 he composed his first ballet score, Wuthering Heights, which was created by the Northern Ballet in 2002. His ballet, Cleopatra, which opened in 2011, was his second collaboration with David Nixon and his seventh complete score. In 2012 Claude-Michel co-wrote the screenplay and reconceived the music for the Les Misérables musical movie. Golden Globe winner, Oscar nominee and recent Grammy award winner for outstanding contribution to the creative community, Mr. Schonberg married the English ballerina, Charlotte Talbot, in 2003. He is the father of one son and two daughters.

Alain Boublil

Alain Boublil is the author of the librettos and lyrics for the musicals La Révolution Française, Les Misérables, Miss Saigon, Martin Guerre, and The Pirate Queen, all in collaboration with Claude-Michel Schonberg, as well as Marguerite with music by Michel Legrand. He co-wrote the screenplay of the Golden Globe-winning and Oscar-nominated film, Les Misérables. He is the author/lyricist of Abbacadabra, a fairy tale musical with songs by ABBA, of the stage adaptation of the Demy/Legrand film, Les Demoiselles de Rochefort, as well as author of the musical play,Manhattan Parisienne, and the play, The Diary of Adam and Eve. He wrote a prize-winning French novel, Les dessous de soi. His many awards include two Tonys, two Grammys, two Victoire de la Musique and a Molière Award for Les Misérables as well as an Evening Standard Drama Award for Miss Saigon, a Laurence Olivier Award for Martin Guerre and a New York Chapter Honors Grammy for his outstanding contribution to the creative community. Boublil and Schӧnberg’s 40 plus year collaboration was celebrated in May 2016 at Carnegie Hall as honorees of the New York Pops’ 33rd Birthday Gala. Boublil was recently appointed to the Board of Directors of the New York Pops. He lives in New York with his wife, actress/singer Marie Zamora, and is the father of four sons.

Richard Maltby, Jr.

Richard Maltby, Jr., a graduate of Yale University who is also a director, wrote lyrics for Starting Here, Starting Now (1977, directed also), Ain’t Misbehavin’.

John Dempsey

John Dempsey wrote both book and lyrics for ZOMBIE PROM, THE FIX (Olivier Award Nomination, Helen Hayes Award Nomination), and THE WITCHES OF EASTWICK (Olivier Award Nomination) and lyrics for THE RELUCTANT DRAGON, A COUNTRY CHRISTMAS CAROL, and the Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus. Plays include ONE MIRACLE IN A LIFETIME (Ohio Arts Council Award), THE WORLD TODAY and THE GREATER GOODE.

Boublil And Schonberg’s ‘The Pirate Queen’

Music by Claude-Michel Schonberg
Lyrics by Alain Boublil, Richard Maltby, Jr.,
John Dempsey
Book by Alain Boublil, Claude-Michel Schonberg, Richard Maltby, Jr.

Based on the novel ‘Grania - She King of the Irish Seas’ by Morgan Llewelyn

London Coliseum,
St Martin’s Lane,

Sunday 23 February, 2020
at 7pm

How to book
Online (londoncoliseum.org): 24 hours a day,
seven days a week
By telephone: +44 (0) 20 7845 9300
or in person at the box office

from £35.00

Tickets will go on sale to ENO Members priority booking: Thursday 7 November at 12noon
Public booking: Friday 8 November at 10am