Theatre Peckham announces cast for new Christmas show Rapunzel

Theatre Peckham has announced the cast and creatives for its 2023 Christmas show Rapunzel.

The musical-inspired, pantoesque production runs at the London venue from 5 – 24 December 2023.

The principal cast starring in Rapunzel includes Kellah-M Spring (THE COLOR PURPLE, UK Tour), West-End musical theatre performer Scarlet Gabriel (MAMMA MIA! THE PARTY, O2, WAITRESS, SIX, KINKY BOOTS), Edinburgh Festival’s Untapped 2023 award-winner Montel Douglas (ONE WAY OUT, New Diorama), Jade Leanne Benjamin who will be making her professional debut and Marcus Ayton (THE DRIFTER’S GIRL, Garrick Theatre, SHREK THE MUSICAL, UK Tour).

Rapunzel marks the fourth consecutive Christmas collaboration between playwright Geoff Aymer, Ccomposer Jordan Xavier and Theatre Peckham’s Artistic Director, Suzann McLean.

Join us as we weave and style this enchanting “hairy-tale” like never before. With a sprinkle of Barnet Magic, Rapunzel and her friends will take you on a journey of self-discovery and overcoming adversity. In a world where material wealth is coveted, this heartwarming story reminds us that true richness comes from within.

Set in a vibrant Peckham hairdresser’s, this reimagined tale follows the success of last year’s hit show, Scroogelicious, a modern day take on Dickens’s classic A Christmas Carol, and the critically acclaimed The Wonderful inspired by Frank L. Baum’s The Wizard of Oz.

McLean said: “As Artistic Director of Theatre Peckham, it’s a joy to present Rapunzel as this year’s Christmas show. We are taking this timeless story and infusing it with our unique cultural twist that our audiences have grown to adore. Set in a lively Peckham hairdresser’s, this magical hair story celebrates the power of individuality and empowerment. Once again, our talented Theatre Peckham Academy students will shine alongside an exceptional cast, creating a mesmerising musical pantomime-style experience that will leave everyone feeling joyfully festive and uplifted.”

Playwright Geoff Aymer added: “This children’s classic doesn’t get re-told very often, particularly at Christmas time. We wanted to buck that trend and have some festive fun exploring society’s obsession around beauty with this allegorical story.”

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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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