Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical today confirms that Griff Rhys Jones and Gregor Fisher will share the role of Old Max, and will be joined by X-Factor winner Matt Terry as Young Max and Edward Baker-Duly as The Grinch, the world-famous festive mischief maker.
Griff Rhys Jones will star as Old Max at the Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff and during the show’s festive run at The Lowry, Salford. Griff Rhys Jones is probably best known for his comedy sketch work on the BBC, most notably Not the Nine O’Clock News and Smith and Jones. He is a much sought after presenter, actor and writer. Acting work includes Mine All Mine and Marple for ITV1. He hosted three series of the BBC2 show Restoration and has authored recent documentaries on John Betjeman, Arthur Ransome, Rudyard Kipling, Charles Dickens, Thomas Hardy and Kenneth Grahame. He also presented a range of series looking at everything from Mountains, Cities and Rivers. His most recent travel documentaries include Slow Train Through Africa and Griff’s Great Britain (both for ITV1), and multiple series of Three Men Go To… (BBC2) with Rory McGrath and Dara O Briain. In 2009, Griff returned to the theatre and had a massively successful run in the West End revival of Oliver! playing Fagin.
Most recently he hosted It’ll Be Alright on the Night for ITV1 and Quizeum for BBC4.
Gregor Fisher will star as Old Max at the SEC Arena, Glasgow and the Festival Theatre, Edinburgh. Gregor Fisher is one of television’s most recognisable actors. His television career has spanned 10 series of Rab C Nesbitt, Scotch & Wry, five series of Naked Video, as well as dramas such as Blood Red Roses and The Tales of Para Handy. He played ‘Perks’ in Carlton TV’s production of The Railway Children to great acclaim and the lead in BBC comedies Brotherly Love and Snoddy. He played ‘Squeers’ in Company Television’s Nicholas Nickleby, ‘James of the Glens’ in Kidnapped for BBC TV and ‘Mr Bumble’ in BBC TV’s six part adaptation of Oliver Twist and he starred alongside Billy Boyd in Empty for BBC2. Gregor appeared in ITV’s drama Tommy Cooper: Not Like That, Like This as Tommy Cooper’s agent ‘Miff Ferrie’ opposite David Threlfall and in The ABC Murders.
His numerous theatre credits include As You Like It, The Cherry Orchard, Juno and the Paycock and The Homecoming. He appeared in Tom McGrath’s play One, Two, Three at the Traverse which went on to the ICA and the Toronto Festival. He also successfully toured the UK with Rab C Nesbitt Live. He played ‘Grandpa Potts’ in the stage production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and the role of ‘The Cowardly Lion’ in The Wizard of Oz at the Mayflower Theatre Southampton. Most recently the role of ‘Granny’ in the National Theatre of Scotland s production of Yer Granny.
Pantomimes include Mother Goose at King’s Theatre, Edinburgh and Sleeping Beauty, Babes in the Wood, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves and Cinderella at King’s Theatre, Glasgow. His film credits include Another Time, Another Place, 1984, White Mischief, Richard Curtis’s Love Actually, Merchant of Venice with Al Pacino, Lassie, Wild Target and most recently, in 2015, Whisky Galore. Gregor has won 2 Scottish BAFTA’s: the first in 1989 and again in 2012 for Best Actor for Rab C Nesbitt. The 2008 Rab C. Nesbitt Christmas Special won a Scottish BAFTA in November 2009 for Best Entertainment Programme.
His biography The Boy from Nowhere has was published by Harper Collins in 2015.
Matt Terry stars as Young Max. Matt has been non-stop since his win back in 2016. He had a top 3 hit with his Ed Sheeran penned winner’s single When Christmas Comes Around. His debut album Trouble was released in November 2017 which featured Subeme La Radio and the lead single Sucker For You has been streamed 100 million times. In addition to music, he has also fronted his own radio show for Capital FM and has just completed touring the UK as the lead role in Dreamworks’ Madagascar The Musical.
Edward Baker-Duly will appear as The Grinch. Edward has worked in film, television and theatre in New York, the UK and South Africa. His considerable theatre credits include: The King and I (Lincoln Center Theatre), The King and I, Wizard of Oz (London Palladium), Gone with the Wind (New London Theatre), South Pacific (National Theatre), West Side Story (Prince of Wales Theatre), Salad Days (Vaudeville Theatre), Kiss Me Kate, Copacabana, The Lady Vanishes, Dick Barton Special Agent, Twelfth Night, The Mikado, Side by Side by Sondheim, Full Monty, The Pirates of Penzance and Singing in the Rain (UK and Ireland Tour. Television includes: Billions (Showtime), Royal Pains (USA Network), Elementary (CBS), Upstairs Downstairs, Downton Abbey, Emmerdale (ITV) and Yes Prime Minister (BBC).
Featuring the hit songs You’re A Mean One Mr. Grinch and Welcome Christmas, Max the Dog narrates the show, as the mean and scheming Grinch, whose heart is two sizes too small, decides to steal Christmas away from the Holiday loving Whos. Karen Ascoe plays Grandma Who; David Bardsley is Grandpa Who; Alan Pearson is Papa Who and Holly Dale Spencer is Mama Who.
The other citizens of Whoville are played by Nicola Barney as Annie Who; Nina Bell as Betty Lou; Lydia Bradd as Bugsy; Ana Cardoso as Scallops; Elena Christie as Phyllis; Sophie Leigh-Griffin as Gymslip; Lawrence Guntert as Sporty; Zoe Humphryes as Danny Who; Monifa James as Reno; Sarah-Marie Maxwell as Trixie; Craig Nash as Palm Springs; Jessica Pardoe as Auntie Who; Andrew Pepper as Buzz; Lucy May Pollard as Punky; Callum Train as Timey; and Ellen Whitehead as Boo Who.
The role of Cindy Lou will be alternated between Isla Gie, Eve Corbishley, Sophie Woods and Bebe Massey.
Magnificent sets and costumes inspired by Dr. Seuss’ original illustrations help transport audiences to the whimsical world of Whoville, breathing life into this timeless story and conjuring the true meaning of Christmas.
The 2019 production is based on the show originally created by 3-time Tony Award winning director, Jack O’Brien. The UK creative team features Set Design by John Lee Beatty, Lighting Design by Ben Cracknell, Sound Design by Richard Brooker, Costume Design by Robert Morgan and Michael Starobin is the show’s Orchestrator.
The show broke box office records for two consecutive years on Broadway. Since then, more than 2 million people across America have been thrilled by this heart-warming musical.
Celebrate Christmas with the show The New York Times calls ‘100 times better than any bedtime story!’