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About The Show

Pre-heat the oven to 2022 degrees because The Great British Bake‑Off: The Musical is coming to Cheltenham’s Everyman Theatre for its spectacular world premiere.

In association with Richard McKerrow, the creator of the Great British Bake Off and founder of Love Productions, the nation’s favourite baking show has been magically reimagined into a perfectly formed musical-comedy. Complete with eight amateur bakers, hilarious presenters, two iconic judges, and the most delicious original score; this is the ultimate stage showstopper!

Follow the trials and tribulations of our competitors, all with their own special stories to tell and as unique from one another as their marvelous baked creations. Find out who will triumph as Star Baker, and who will fall foul of a soggy bottom. Expect heartwarming characters, ounces of laughter and mouthwatering music in this brand-new and original British musical, suitable for the whole family!

Come and take a peek inside the tent at this new musical sensation, perfect for the whole family!

Bakers, you have two hours! On your marks, get set, SING!

Star casting to be announced soon!

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Simbi Akande as Izzy

Simbi Akande

As Izzy

Training: Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts.

Theatre whilst training includes: ‘Hattie’ in Kiss Me, Kate; ‘Marian Anderson’ in First Lady Suite; ‘Celeste’ in Sunday in the Park with George; ‘Celia’ in As You Like It; and ‘Laurey’ in Oklahoma!

Theatre includes: Prince of Egypt (Dominion Theatre); A Christmas Carol (Dominion Theatre); The Light in the Piazza (Royal Festival Hall and LA Opera); ‘Lula Buffington’ and ‘Almeta’ in Violet (Charing Cross Theatre); Putting It Together (Hope Mill Theatre); ‘Marta’ in Company (Aberdeen Arts Centre); ‘Tzeitel’ in Fiddler on the Roof (Chichester Festival Theatre); ‘Clara Brown’ in Ghost (UK Tour) and Show Boat (Gillian Lynne Theatre).

Other work includes: ‘The Boss’ in Heel; Ensemble in Sing Street; Repertory Company in From Page to Stage; ‘Nadia’ in F**ked in Marrakech and ‘Mamie Till’ in Rosa.

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Rosemary Ashe as Pam

Rosemary Ashe

As Pam

Rosie has appeared in many West End productions including: Carlotta, the Prima Donna in the original cast of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s ‘The Phantom of The Opera’, Madame Thenardier in ‘Les Miserables’, Cunegonde in ‘Candide’, Widow Corney in ‘Oliver!’, Hortense in ‘The Boyfriend’, Forbidden Broadway, Felicia Gabriel in ‘The Witches of Eastwick’ (for which she was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Award for Best Supporting Performance in a Musical), Miss Andrew, the nasty nanny in ‘Mary Poppins’, Lottie Grady in ‘When We Are Married’ & Grandma Mole in ‘The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 & ¾’.

Other roles include: Ethel Merman in ‘Call Me Merman’, (tour), Betty in ‘The Great American Trailer Park Musical’ (Waterloo East Theatre), Miss Bleacher in ‘Crush’ (tour), Kate Hoey MP in ‘Committee’ (Donmar Warehouse), Tonight at 8.30 (Jermyn St Theatre), The Old Lady in ‘Candide’ (Iford & Grange Park Festivals), Mrs Fezziwigg in ‘A Christmas Carol’ (Lyceum Theatre) & Mrs Pearce in ‘My Fair Lady’ at the Teatro Massimo, Palermo.

She has appeared with English National Opera, Opera North, Scottish Opera, Sadlers Wells Opera, Opera Northern Ireland & Carl Rosa in many different roles including Musetta in ‘La Boheme’, Helene in ‘La Belle Helene’, Frasquita in ‘Carmen’ & Despina in ‘Cosi Fan Tutte’ to name but a few.

Television & radio appearances include: Doctors, An Audience With Ronnie Corbett, The House of Eliott, Cosi Fan Tutte, The Beggar’s Opera & Friday Night is Music Night, Songs From the Shows & In Tune.

Rosie can be heard on many cast albums including: The Phantom of the Opera, Kismet, The Boyfriend, The Witches of Eastwick, Oliver! The 10th anniversary concert of Les Miserables & Mary Poppins.

For more information visit her website: www.rosemaryashe.com

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Jaye Jacobs as Kim

Jaye Jacobs

As Kim

Jaye was brought up in the West Country.

Her theatre work includes Rent (Prince Of Wales Theatre, West End), Golden Boy (Greenwich Theatre) and The Kissing Dance (Royal Opera House).

She played Sian Diamond in four series of Waterloo Road, Amber in five series of Millie In Between and Donna Jackson in five hundred episodes of Holby City (all for the BBC). Other appearances include Still Open All Hours, Casualty and Midsomer Murders.

After hanging up her scrubs Jaye is delighted to be singing in the bake-off tent.

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Michael Cahill as Russell

Michael Cahill

As Russell

Michael trained at Arts Educational School London.

Film projects include: Mike Leigh’s, Peterloo, Selfish Giant directed by Clio Barnard and Les Miserables directed by Tom Hooper.

TV appearances include: REG for BBC, Emmerdale, The Royal, Dalziel & Pascoe, Trail Of Guilt, Situation Room-Panorama.

As a principal in the London’s West End, Michael has performed leading roles in numerous musicals including Martin Guerre, Les Miserables, Starlight Express, King, Joseph at the London Palladium and Candide at The Chocolate Factory.

Theatre includes: Salisbury Playhouse, A Month In The Country, Ugly Sister in Cinderella. Birmingham Rep, Masterpieces and Wizard of Oz West Yorkshire Playhouse. Park Theatre’s Jack And The Beanstalk. Bauhinia, Tipping The Velvet at the National Theatre Studio. My Father’s Son, Sheffield Crucible Theatre. Closer than Ever, Landor Theatre. Stepping Out, Merlin and the Winter King, and Company all for Derby Playhouse. A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, Theatre Royal York. Wuthering Heights, Poland. Hello Again, There’s Always A Woman, The Road You Didn’t take, An Englishman Abroad for the Bridewell Theatre. Jaques Brel Is Alive And Well Kings Head Theatre. The Boyfriend, Frankfurt English Theatre. Joseph, Chelmsford Civic Theatre. Risky Kisses, Tabard Theatre. North Country, Arcola Theatre.

Michael has recorded many times for BBC Radio 2, He played principle roles in 13 staged concert musicals with the BBC concert orchestra including: Young Buddy in Follies at Theatre Royal Drury Lane, Henrik in A Little Night Music, Benny Southstreet in Guys and Dolls, Heavenly Friend in Carousel. Tranish in Bitter Sweet and Action in West Side Story at The Barbican Hall.

Michael can be heard in Omega for the Wireless Theatre Company.

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Claire Moore as Babs

Claire Moore

As Babs

Training: Royal Northern College of Music.

Theatre includes: Mary Poppins (Prince Edward Theatre); The Girls, (Phoenix Theatre – Olivier nomination
for Best Actress in a Musical); Les Miserables (Palace/ Queen’s Theatre); The King and I (London Palladium);
Oliver! (London Palladium); Miss Saigon (Theatre Royal, Drury Lane); The Phantom of the Opera (Her
Majesty’s Theatre); Little Shop of Horrors (Comedy Theatre); Camelot (Apollo Victoria); Follies, London Road
(WhatsOnStage Best Ensemble Award), The Duchess of Malfi, The Real Inspector Hound, The Critic, The
Cherry Orchard (All National Theatre); Oklahoma (Grange Park Opera); Sondheim on Sondheim, The Mikado,
Peter Pan (All Royal Festival Hall); A Song Cycle for Soho (Soho Theatre); The Betrayal of Nora Blake
(Jermyn Street Theatre); The Card (Watermill, Newbury); Evita (Budapest); Putting it Together (Old Fire
Station, Oxford); Jesus Christ, Superstar (Theatre Royal, York); Talent (Wythenshawe Forum).

Television includes: On the Town (BBC Proms); The Royal Variety Performance; Phantom of the Opera:
behind the Mask; The Making of Miss Saigon; Joy to the World; Have you met Miss Jones; Visiting Day.

Film includes: London Road; A Christmas Carol.

Claire performs regularly in concert, cabaret and on the radio, and can be heard on many recordings. She is
also a vocal coach for both theatre and television.

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Scott Paige as Jim

Scott Paige

As Jim

Theatre credits: Uncle Fester in The Addams Family (UK Tour); Mr Rye in Nativity! (Hammersmith Apollo); Mr Poppy in Nativity! (UK Tour); Eurobeat (Turbine Theatre and Online), Fanny in Cinderella: The Socially Distanced Ball (Turbine Theatre); George in The Wedding Singer (South Korea); Horton The Elephant in Seussical (Southwark Playhouse); Theo in Eugenius (The Other Palace); Ensemble/1st Cover Uncle Fester in The Addams Family (UK Tour); Goran in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (UK Tour); Swing in Made In Dagenham (Adelphi Theatre).

Workshops: NERDS/AA (MTFest)

Television: Sunday Night At The Palladium/Tonight At The Palladium (ITV); Children In Need (BBC); Jane and Friends (Channel 5)

Film: LouLou (Ealing Studios)

Scott was also a contestant on The Circle on Channel 4.

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John Owen-Jones as Phil

John Owen-Jones

As Phil

John Owen-Jones is probably best known for his performances as Jean Valjean in Les Misérables and The Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera.

John remains the youngest actor in West End history to have played Jean Valjean (a role he played twice on Broadway) and appeared as the Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera nearly 2000 times – more than any actor in the show’s entire West End run. He has worked extensively in theatre across the UK at venues such as the Royal National Theatre and the Royal Albert Hall, on television in shows such as Toast of Tinseltown and Scott and Bailey and has appeared as himself many times on television and radio in shows such as The Royal Variety Show and BBC Radio 2’s Friday Night is Music Night. He is an accomplished concert performer, appearing in venues such as Bunkamura Orchard Hall in Tokyo, the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow and Carnegie Hall in New York. He has worked as a director, radio presenter and a voiceover artist and has released seven critically acclaimed solo albums which he also produced.

John will launch a new podcast in 2022 called “The Last Show on Earth”.

www.johnowenjones.com

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Damian Humbley as Ben

Damian Humbley

As Ben

Theatre credits include: Mac in Local Hero (Edinburgh Lyceum Theatre); Charlie Kringas in Merrily We Roll Along (Huntington Theatre Company); Eilert Lovbourg in Hedda Gabler (Salisbury Playhouse); Charles Dickens in Dickens Abridged (Arts Theatre); Charley Kringas in Merrily We Roll Along (Menier Chocolate Factory); Harry in Company (Sheffield Theatres); Max Garber in Lend Me A Tenor (Plymouth Theatre Royal); Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors (Menier Chocolate Factory); Perchik in Fiddler on the Roof (Stanhope Productions); Jamie Wellerstein in The Last 5 Years (Menier Chocolate Factory).

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Aharon Rayner as Hassan

Aharon Rayner

As Hassan

Aharon has recently graduated from Arts Educational Schools London on the three-year musical theatre degree where he performed in the European premieres of SpongeBob SquarePants The Musical and Lysistrata Jones.

Aharon feels blessed and overwhelmed to be making his professional theatre debut in an original cast of a new musical playing the part of Hassan.

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Jay Saighal as Dezza

Jay Saighal

As Dezza

Jay trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, graduating in 2014.

Theatre credits include: Hedda Gabler (Sherman Theatre), Romeo & Juliet and Richard III (Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre), Guards at the Taj (Singapore Repertory Theatre), The Cardinal (Southwark Playhouse), Ross (Chichester Festival Theatre), As You Like It, Macbeth and Romeo & Juliet (National Theatre), Imperium Part 1: Conspirator, Imperium Part II: Dictator, Othello and The Merchant of Venice (Royal Shakespeare Company), Aladdin (Stephen Joseph Theatre).

Television credits include: Our House (ITV), Casualty (BBC), Vera (ITV), Ackley Bridge Series 2 (Channel 4), The Split (BBC), Spotless (Tandem Communications / Canal Plus).

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Catriana Sandison as Francesca

Catriana Sandison

As Francesca

Training: Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts

Theatre Credits Include: Eva Peron in Evita (Krizanken Theatre, Ljubljana); Ensemble/1st cover Scaramouche & Meatloaf in We Will Rock You (Dominion Theatre, London); Ensemble/1st cover Scaramouche & Meatloaf in We Will Rock You (International Arena Tour); Jas in Girlfriends (The Union Theatre, London); Magenta in The Rocky Horror Picture Show (European Tour); Joan in Dames At Sea (The Union Theatre, London); Wendy in Peter Pan (Nottingham Theatre Royal); Snow White in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (Theatre Royal Lincoln);

Other Credits Include: Principal Vocalist in Symphonic Rock at The Royal Albert Hall; Session vocalist for several films including Mary Poppins Returns; Military Wives; How To Train Your Dragon; Mission: Impossible – Fallout; MAMMA MIA!

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Charlotte Wakefield as Gemma

Charlotte Wakefield

As Gemma

Charlotte made her West End debut starring in Spring Awakening (Lyric Hammersmith / Novello Theatre). Most recently Charlotte has starred in The Boy In The Dress for the RSC after Crazy For You as Polly Baker, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang as Truley Scrumptious, The Herbal Bed (Royal & Derngate / No.1 Tour), Monsieur Popular at Theatre Royal Bath, and the Number 1 Tour of Oklahoma. She played Maria in The Sound of Music at Regent’s Park Theatre where she was nominated for an Olivier. Charlotte played Sophie in the West End and toured in the international Production of MAMMA MIA!

Other theatre credits include: Juliet in Such Tweet Sorrow (RSC), Child in Merlin, and Mowgli in The Jungle Book (Chester Gateway Theatre).

Film and television appearances include: May in An Angel for May (Portman Films), Cassie Turner in Waterloo Road (ITV), Ruby Heddon in The Royal (Yorkshire Television), Jess Swift in Occupation (BBC), Leap of Faith (BBC) and the semi-regular role of Holly Cullen in Holby City (BBC).

Charlotte has been nominated twice for Best Actress In A Musical – Olivier Awards 2010 and 2014.

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David Haydn as Older Male Cover

David Haydn

As Older Male Cover

Training: GSA

Theatre includes: ‘Brick’ in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (SRT, Santa Rosa, CA) ‘Policeman,’ u/s ‘Mr Manningham’ in Gaslight (Ed Mirvish Theatre, Toronto) ‘Jake Quinn’ in Stones in His Pockets (Popular Productions, Dubai) ‘Stephen Fitzgerald’ in The Irish Curse (Edinburgh and Dublin Festivals) ‘Sir Robert Bowes/Robert Bruce’ in Jamie the Saxt (Finborough Theatre, London).

Musicals include: ‘John,’ cover ‘Nick Laine,’ ‘Mr Burke’ and ‘Reverend Marlowe’ in Girl From the North Country (Gielgud Theatre, London/Royal Alexandra Theatre, Toronto) ‘Hooch,’ cover ‘Don’, ‘George,’ and ‘Mr. Price’ in Kinky Boots (Adelphi Theatre, London) ‘Archibald Craven’ in The Secret Garden (Barn Theatre, Cirencester) ‘Pete’s Dad’ in The Burnt Part Boys (Park 90) ‘Fred O’Neil’ in I Dreamed a Dream (UK Tour) ‘Gov. Slaton/Britt Craig/Mr. Peavey’ in Parade (Southwark Playhouse) ‘Mr. Myers’ in Fame (UK Tour) ‘Simeon’ and cover ‘Jacob’ in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (UK Tour) ‘Sammy’ in The Wedding Singer (SRT, Santa Rosa, CA)

Film & TV include: ‘Aedin’ in The Crown and the Dragon, ‘Cavill’ in The Trap, ‘Danny Bell’ in Retribution, ’Guard’ in Kingslayer and ‘John Adams’ in seasons one and two of Age of the Living Dead.

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Louis Gaudencio as Younger Male Cover

Louis Gaudencio

As Younger Male Cover

Louis trained at Laine Theatre Arts, graduating in 2017.

Theatre: Sean in Our Teacher’s A Troll (Ruined Theatre), Beauty And The Beast (Victoria Theatre, Halifax), Saad Al-Kasaab – Journeys Of Destiny (Derby Theatre), Chino in West Side Story (Royal Northern College of Music), Beauty And The Beast (Lighthouse Theatre, Kettering).

Film: Been So Long (Netflix, Film4).

Television: Call The Midwife (BBC), Postcode (CBBC).

Workshops: Fiver (Southwark Playhouse).

Other Credits Include: Tom in Masterclass (Little Legs Productions), There Will Come A Time (Noah and The Whale), The Road (BBC Radio).

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Gabriella Stylianou as Younger Female Cover

Gabriella Stylianou

As Younger Female Cover

Gabriella trained in Musical Theatre at Arts Educational Schools of London.

Her credits include workshops for Sunny Afternoon, Crush, Secret Diary of Adrian Mole 13 3/4, Ensemble/Cover ‘Ado Annie’ in UK Number 1 Tour of Oklahoma! and ‘Jennyanydots’ in Cats the musical. She most recently played Jane Seymour and was the show’s Captain in Six The Musical onboard NCL Bliss.

Gabriella is thrilled to have the opportunity to be a part of this exciting new musical of an iconic British show.

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Annette Yeo as Older Female Cover

Annette Yeo

As Older Female Cover

Annette trained as a classical singer at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, followed by a post graduate MT/Acting course at Mountview Theatre School. Her 27 year musical theatre career include some of the following credits:

West End Theatre: Original cast of Love Never Dies (Adelphi Theatre); Madame Giry in The Phantom of the Opera (Her Majesty’s Theatre); original cast of MAMMA MIA!, (Prince Edward Theatre) as alternate Donna; original cast of Sondheim’s Passion (Queen’s Theatre) as Adriana and the original cast of the award winning City Of Angels (Prince Of Wales Theatre) in the Angel City Four Quartet. Also Kiss Me Kate (Victoria Palace Theatre), where she took over the role of Kate, & Factory Girl/Fantine in Les Miserables (Palace Theatre).

Other Work: Nancy in preview shows of Sleepless The Musical (Troubadour Wembley Park); Jane Funnell in The Dreamers (Abbey Road Studios); Les Miserables Film (Warner Brothers); Mrs Snoring in White Christmas (Lowry Theatre); Mrs Wade in Wonderful Town with the Halle Orchestra (Manchester Royal Exchange ); Mrs Teasley in The Station Master, (Page To Stage); Mrs Lyons in Blood Brothers (National Tour); Mrs Walker in Tommy (National Tour); Sweeney Todd (Gothenburg Opera); Susan in Sondheim’s Company (Derby Playhouse); Cate in The London Project, (National Theatre Studio); Miss Bell in Fame (Edinburgh Playhouse); The Witch in Into The Woods (Byre Theatre, St Andrews); Lily in The Secret Garden (Byre Theatre, St Andrews); Berkeley Square (BBC), The Royal Variety Show (BBC); Kiss Me Kate (BBC); Julie Jordan in Carousel (Palace Theatre, Westcliff); Grace in Annie (Guildford); Lillian in Happy End (Bridewell Theatre) and The Rest is Noise ( Purcell Room).

Concert Work includes: Three Phantoms China 2020 (Shanghai & Beijing); The Best Of West End Encore (Esplanade Theatre, Singapore); The Three Phantoms (National Tour); The Phantom Of The Opera 25th Anniversary Concert (Royal Albert Hall); Les Miserables 10th Anniversary Concert (Royal Albert Hall); The Last Night Of The Proms (The British Philharmonic Concert Orchestra); A Touch Of West End (Madinat Jumeirah Theatre, Dubai); and her own show A Song In My Heart (National French Music Festival, Nice).

Original cast albums of MAMMA MIA!, City of Angels & Passion, also Once In My Life is her solo album.

Producing Credits include: Associate Producer – Gingerboy Productions Ltd. Producing concerts worldwide including: A Touch Of West End, & Three Phantoms. Venues include The Sculpture Gallery, Woburn Abbey, Clivedon House, Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, Leeds Armoury, & Esplanade Theatre, Singapore. Director and Producer – Singers Inc – Producing corporate events for clients such as RBS in Monaco, Grovenor House, KPMG and Jordan etc.

Creatives

BOOK & LYRICS BY

Jake Brunger

Original Bake Off theme by

Tom Howe

MUSIC & LYRICS BY

Pippa Cleary

DIRECTED BY

Rachel Kavanaugh

DESIGNED BY

Alice Power

CHOREOGRAPHER

Georgina Lamb

LIGHTING DESIGNER

Ben Cracknell

SOUND DESIGNER

Ben Harrison

ORCHESTRATIONS

Tom Curran

MUSICAL SUPERVISOR AND MUSICAL DIRECTOR

Mark Collins

ASSISTANT MUSICAL DIRECTOR

Chris Poon

PRODUCER

Mark Goucher

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

Richard McKerrow

IN ASSOCIATION WITH

Love Productions

ORIGINAL BAKE OFF THEME BY

Tom Howe