Cast revealed for Whistle Down The Wind revival at Newbury’s Watermill Theatre

Full casting and creatives have been announced for the upcoming revival of Whistle Down The Wind at Watermill Theatre.

The first major UK revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Jim Steinman’s 1996 rock musical since 2010 will play the Newbury venue from Friday 22 July until Saturday 10 September.

Directed by Tom Jackson Greaves (Watermill Associate Artist, The Jungle Book, Amélie, Sweet Charity, Macbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Borrowers, Twelfth Night, Romeo and Juliet, Frankenstein), the production will feature a company of actor musicians alongside a cast of talented local young people.

America, 1959. Change is in the air. The post war boom is thriving, the civil rights movement is growing and the golden age of television has begun. But, on a farm in rural Louisiana three children are hoping for a miracle.

When Swallow, a teenager struggling to come to terms with the death of her mother, discovers a man hiding out in the family barn she becomes convinced he is Jesus. In a town where the community will do anything to defend their way of life, the children unite to protect their saviour. As fantasy and reality collide, Swallow begins to discover who she is and what it means to grow up.

Chrissie Bhima (LIFT Southwark Playhouse) will play Candy’, Lewis Cornay (John and Jen Southwark Playhouse Off West End Award for Leading Performance, The Book of MormonPrince Edward Theatre) as Amos’, Lloyd Gorman (Once UK Tour, Sunny Afternoon Harold Pinter Theatre) as Boone’, Charlotte Grayson (Songs for a New World London Palladium) as Ensemble’, Jerome Lincoln (For You, Id Wait Turbine Theatre & Union Theatre) as ‘Ed’, Elliot Mackenzie (Million Dollar Quartet UK Tour, Aladdin –  Queens Theatre Hornchurch) as Snake Preacher/Minister/Show MD’, Emma Jane Morton (Just So Watermill Theatre, Amélie UK Tour & The Other Palace) as Ensemble’, Alfie Richards (Parade The Other Palace) as Earl’, Robert Tripolino (Jesus Christ Superstar – Barbican, Rent – Sydney Opera House) as The Man’, Toby Webster (Shakespeare in Love Theatre Royal Bath, OppenheimerRSC West End) as Sheriff’, Lydia White (Little Women The Park Theatre, The Last Five Years Garrick Theatre) as Swallow’, Stephanie Elstob (Edward Scissorhands Matthew Bourne New Adventures – Amadeus – Chichester Festival Theatre) as Mother’. 

Whistle Down the Wind has Tom Jackson Greaves as Director and Choreographer, Simon Kenny as Designer, Stuart Morley as Musical Supervisor and Arrangements, George Francis as Musical Director, Andrew Exeter as Lighting Designer, Yvonne Gilbert as Sound Designer, Nandi Bhebhe and Annie Southall as Assistant Directors, Rose Burston as DSM, Caitlin Ravenscroft and Natalie Toney as ASM, Chloe Robson as Placement ASM and Audio Description by Jenny Stewart-Cosgrove.

Tom Jackson Greaves said: “The opportunity to bring this incredible story back to the stage after its long absence feels extremely special. We have been given the chance to introduce it to audiences anew whilst also creating a brave and fresh interpretation for those who may have seen it before.

“It’s a real gift. Stories of dreams, grief, family and community have universal power and I hope our actor-musician-led revival will engage and surprise our audiences at the most beautiful theatre in the country – The Watermill.”

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About the author: Josh Darvill

Josh is Stageberry's editor with over five years of experience writing about theatre in the West End and across the UK. Prior to following his passion for musicals, he worked for more than a decade as a TV journalist.