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 Schönberg’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.
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.