Full Casting Announced for The Great British Bake Off Musical’s West End Transfer

opening at the Noël Coward Theatrefor a limited twelve-week run from 25 February to 13 May 2023.  

John Owen-Jones and contestants in TGBB the musical. (Photo: Borkowski)

Mark Goucher Productions are delighted to announce the full cast for The Great British Bake Off Musical for its transfer to London’s West End, opening at the Noël Coward Theatre for a limited twelve-week run from 25 February to 13 May 2023.  

Joining the principal line-up is four-time Olivier Award-nominee and BAFTA-nominee Haydn Gwynne [Anything Goes, Billy Elliot the Musical, TV: The Crown, The Windsors] as Pam Lee, the iconically stylish, sharp-tongued judge, along with former Pop Idol contestant turned West End singing sensation Zoe Birkett [Moulin Rouge! The Musical, The Bodyguard] as one half of the comedy presenter duo Kim and, rising star Grace Mouat best known for her role in the original SIX [Cinderella, Legally Blonde] will play contestant Izzy. Georgie Westall [A Christmas Carol, Rocky Horror Show], Stuart Hickey [Come From Away, Grandpa’s Great Escape] and Jamil Abbasi, making his West End debut, join as understudies and Aanya Shah, Amelie Rouse and Maisy Mein will share the child role of Lily.

This heart-warming and funny new British musical captivated audiences in a triumphant run at the Everyman Theatre in Cheltenham this summer and is directed by Rachel Kavanaugh [Wind in the Willows, Half a Sixpence] with an original and clever score, written by multi-award-winning duo Jake Brunger (book and lyrics) and Pippa Cleary (music and lyrics), critically acclaimed as one of musical theatre’s most dynamic writing partnerships.

Inspired by the TV show, The Great British Bake Off Musical follows the amateur bakers as they seek to impress the judges and battle their way to be crowned Star Baker. The audience are taken on a rollercoaster of a journey with memorable songs and dance as the bakers face trials, tribulations and baking failures, bringing them together in a story of friendship and romance along the way.

The new cast members announced today join many of the original cast reprising their performances; award-winning West End and Broadway actor John Owen Jones [Les Misèrables, The Phantom of the Opera] as he returns for his starring role as Phil Hollinghurst, the esteemed blue-eyed, silver-fox judge, along with Scott Paige [The Addams Family, Nativity!],Claire Moore [Mary Poppins, The Girls, The King & I], Cat Sandison [Evita, We Will Rock You], Charlotte Wakefield [The Boy In The Dress, Crazy For You, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang], Damian Humbley [Merrily We Roll Along, Hedda Gabler], Jay Saighal [Hedda Gabler, Romeo and Juliet, Richard III], Michael Cahill [Martin Guerre, Les Misérables, Starlight Express, Joseph], making his West End debut Aharon Rayner, Louis Gaudencio [Aladdin, Our Teacher’s a Troll], Gabriella Stylianou also making her West End debut and Annette Yeo [Love Never Dies, The Phantom of the Opera, Mamma Mia!].

Created by Mark Goucher Productions in association with Creative Director and Executive Producer Richard McKerrow and the producers of the TV phenomenon, Love Productions, this musical comedy has perfectly reimagined the nation’s favourite baking show into a warm-hearted comedy musical. The Great British Bake Off was co-created by Anna Beattie and Richard McKerrow.

The original creative team includes: choreographer Georgina Lamb, set, costume and cake designer Alice Power, lighting designer Ben Cracknell, sound designer Ben Harrison, orchestrator Tom Curran, musical supervisor Mark Collins, and casting director Jim Arnold CDG.

Prue Leith said “I am thrilled to bits that The Great British Bake Off Musical is going to the West End. It is an uplifting, funny, heartfelt story, which will have you singing and dancing out of the theatre with a huge smile. A theatrical sweet treat. Just what we need right now.”

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Listings information

The Great British Bake Off Musical

Noël Coward Theatre, St Martin’s Lane, London, WC2N 4AU

24 February to 13 May 2023

Book online here

Tickets starting from £20

About Noël Coward Theatre

Opened on 12th March 1903 as the New Theatre and was designed by architect W. G. R. Sprague with an exterior in the classical style.

In 1973 it was renamed the Albery Theatre in tribute to Sir Bronson Albery who had presided as its manager for many years. It was renamed the Noël Coward Theatre when it re-opened for the London premiere of Avenue Q on the 1st June 2006, after Delfont Mackintosh took over the running on 19th September 2005. Along with Wyndham’s Theatre, the building is now a Grade II Listed structure.

Renamed in 2006 by Cameron Mackintosh in honour of one the most famous Theatreland Masters, the beautifully restored Noël Coward Theatre has been the home of the international hit musical Avenue Q, the critically acclaimed Michael Grandage Season and the multi-award winning Dear Evan Hansen. Now this prestigious theatre welcomes The Great British Bake Off Musical for its West End debut.

About Everyman Theatre, Gloucestershire’s theatre

Located in the heart of Cheltenham, the Everyman Theatre has been serving the county since 1891.  The theatre presents a wide range of productions, including musical theatre, drama, dance, comedy, music events and traditional family pantomime as well as many community projects, education workshops and youth theatre sessions.  

The Everyman Theatre’s 2022 programme is packed with a brilliantly diverse range of shows and has something for everyone – from a stage debut of Dan Brown’s international thriller The Da Vinci Code to the hit musical Hairspray, to Nigel Havers and Olivier award winning Patricia Hodge who will bring some glamour to the stage in the inaugural production from The Nigel Havers’ Theatre Company, of the Noel Coward play, Private Lives,  to Girl from the North Country which boldly reimagines the legendary songs of Bob Dylan in a heart-breaking story of family and unconditional love, Chicago will bring the Jazz Age glitz and The Osmonds: A New Musical will reveal the personal and professional lives of the superstar brothers for a night of nostalgia and dancing in the aisles, plus Fisherman’s Friends tells the incredible tale of the Cornish sea shanty sensations.