Joseph Marcell leads The School for Scandal on UK tour

Joseph Marcell pictured alongside The School for Scandal poster

Joseph Marcell is set to star in a new production of Richard B. Sheridan’s The School for Scandal.

Directed by Seán Aydon, this revival of the classic comedy of manners is scheduled for a major UK tour starting this spring.

Marcell, widely recognised for his role as Geoffrey the Butler in NBC’s The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, will portray Sir Peter Teazle in this contemporary interpretation of Sheridan’s work. The tour will commence at Theatre By The Lake on 7 March, continuing across 12 other UK venues until 8 June 2024.

Recently appearing in Chiwetel Ejiofor’s The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind, Marcell’s extensive TV repertoire includes roles in BBC’s Mammoth and I Hate You. He is also anticipated in Channel 4’s upcoming series Queenie. His notable stage presence includes performances in Hamlet at the Young Vic, Lady Windermeres Fan, and significant roles at Shakespeare’s Globe and the Royal Shakespeare Company.

The School For Scandal also features Garmon Rhys as Charles Surface, Ayesha Griffiths as Maria, Emily-Jane McNeil as Lady Sneerwell, Alex Phelps as Joseph Surface, Lydea Perkins as Lady Teazle, Tony Timberlake as Sir Oliver, and Guy Dennys as Rowley.

The School for Scandal offers a humorous exploration of gossip and social satire. The plot revolves around Sir Peter Teazles suspicion of his young wife’s infidelity, which she considers embracing due to his accusations.

Director Seán Aydon, known for his adaptations and direction of The Picture of Dorian Gray and Frankenstein, brings this timeless comedy to life. The design team includes Linbury Prize winner Sarah Beaton, with sound design by Ed Lewis, lighting by Peter Small, and movement direction from Stephen Moynihan.

Produced by Tilted Wig Productions and Malvern Theatres in association with Theatre By The Lake, The School for Scandal is set to be an unforgettable experience of romance, revenge, and humour.

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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.


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