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The Wanted’s Tom Parker, and Eastenders’ Louisa Lytton star in Grease

PUBLISHED: 09:41 23 January 2017 | UPDATED: 09:41 23 January 2017

Tom Parker, Danielle Hope, and Louisa Lytton

Tom Parker, Danielle Hope, and Louisa Lytton

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The national tour will be stopping in Dartford

The full casting has been announced for the hit 70s musical, Grease, which is coming to Dartford.

Casting for the tour includes Tom Parker (The Wanted) who makes his musical theatre debut playing Danny Zuko, Danielle Hope (Over the Rainbow winner) who plays Sandy and Louisa Lytton (Strictly Come Dancing, EastEnders) who plays Rizzo.

Completing the cast are Tom Senior as Kenickie, Michael Cortez as Sonny, Oliver Jacobson as Roger, Ryan Heenan as Doody, Callum Evans as Eugene, Lauren Atkins as Marty, Rosanna Harris as Jan, Rhiannon Chesterman as Frenchy, Gabriella Williams as Patty and Ailsa Davidson as Lynch. The ensemble includes Charlotte Coggin, Anthony Hughes, Alessia McDermott, Natasha Mould, Anna Murray, George Olney, Rory Phelan and Grant Thresh.

Since opening on Broadway in 1972 and the smash hit movie starring John Travolta and Olivia Netown-John, Grease’s place has been firmly established in the cultural Hall of Fame, having seduced the hearts of millions with its back-to-back sizzling tunes.

It’s the original high-school musical featuring everyone’s favourite characters - Sandy, Danny, the groovy T Birds, the sassy Pink Ladies and the whole gang at Rydell High - and all the unforgettable songs from the hit movie including You’re The One That I Want, Grease Is The Word, Summer Nights, Hopelessly Devoted to You, Sandy, Greased Lightnin’ and many more.

Mr Parker has amassed worldwide success with his band The Wanted, achieving two UK number ones and nine top 10 singles as well as four Billboard 100 singles, with Glad You Came placing in the top five and selling over 900,000 records. The band have had three platinum albums, two sold out arena tours, and three million singles sold in America. He is also a winner of BBC Radio 1’s Teen Choice Award and US People’s Choice Award with The Wanted.

Ms Hope made her professional debut as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz at the London Palladium, after capturing the hearts of the country and winning the BBC’s smash hit Over The Rainbow having competed against over 9,000 girls. She went on to star as Eponine in the West End production of Les Miserables, Cathy in The Last Five Years, narrator in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and Maria Rainer in The Sound of Music.

Ms Lytton is best known for playing innocent schoolgirl Ruby Allen in EastEnders. Following this she joined The Bill, playing the inexperienced and shy police officer Beth Green. She has since enjoyed a host of varied roles, from parts in the internationally successful American Pie franchise, to the British Shakespeare Company’s productions of both A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Much Ado About Nothing. Aside from acting, Ms Lytton reached the quarter-finals in the fourth series of Strictly Come Dancing, and subsequently toured the country as part of the sold-out Strictly Come Dancing arena tour. She also represented the UK in the 2008 Eurovision Dance Contest and recently took park in Channel 4’s The Jump.

The show will be at The Orchard Theatre from November 21 – 25.

To book tickets or for more information visit orchardtheatre.co.uk or call 01322 220000.

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