Simon-Anthony Rhoden and Oliver Tompsett
Simon-Anthony Rhoden and Oliver Tompsett
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New casting has been announced for the West End production of Cyndi Lauper and Harvey Fierstein's Kinky Boots.

Oliver Tompsett (Guys and Dolls, We Will Rock You) will join the cast as Charlie Price, with Natalie McQueen (Wonderland, Wicked) taking over the role of Lauren.

David Hunter and Verity Rushworth will play their final performances as Charlie and Lauren on Saturday 2 June, with Tompsett and McQueen joining the show from Monday 4 June 2018.

Sean Needham (Mamma Mia!, Wicked) and Antony Reed (Annie, Mamma Mia!) step up from the ensemble to play Don and George, joining other continuing cast members Simon-Anthony Rhoden (Lola) and Cordelia Farnworth (Nicola).

Also joining the cast are Abbey Addams, Jak Allen-Anderson, Louis Clarke-Clare, Daniel Downing, David Haydn, Graham Kent, Christopher Parkinson, Hannah Price, Anna Stolli and Olivia Winterflood.

The West End cast is completed by Jed Berry, Momar Diagne, Jemal Felix, Jordan Fox, Rossie Glossop, Robert Grose, Keith Higham, Ben Jennings, Robert Jones, Suzie McAdam, Emma Odell, Jon Reynolds and Tom Scanlon.

Based on the hit 2005 film with a screenplay by Tim Firth, the musical garnered positive reviews when it first opened at the Adelphi Theatre. It has music and lyrics by Lauper and a book by Fierstein.

The play tells the story of Charlie Price, who inherits a suffering shoe factory. Following a meeting with drag queen Lola, Price starts embracing a more flamboyant business model.

First opening on Broadway in 2012, with direction and choreography by Jerry Mitchell. It earned 13 Tony Award nominations, winning six including Best Musical and Best Score. In 2016 it went on to win three Olivier Awards following its West End premiere.

The production has also announced an extension and is now booking until Saturday 5 January 2019.