PHILL JUPITUS NEWS
PHILL JUPITUS TO JOIN THE SHERMAN BROTHERS’ CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG TOUR FOR 2016-17 UK AND IRELAND TOUR
Casting has been announced for the Music & Lyrics Limited and West Yorkshire Playhouse production of the much-loved Sherman Brothers musical Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. The 2016-17 UK and Ireland tour begins at Mayflower Theatre, Southampton on 10 February 2016.
Phill Jupitus (The Producers, Hairspray) will feature as Lord Scrumptious/Baron Bomburst until 24 April 2016. Caractacus Potts will be played by Jason Manford (The Producers, Sweeney Todd) from 10 February until 24 April, and he will return to the show from 5 October 2016. Lee Mead (Casualty, Legally Blonde, Joseph and The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat) will play Caractacus Potts from 4 May until 18 September 2016.
Martin Kemp (EastEnders, The Krays) will play the Childcatcher until 24 April 2016, and Amy Griffiths (Everyman, Stephen Ward, The Pajama Game) will play Truly Scrumptious.
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang will also feature Michelle Collins (EastEnders, Coronation Street) as Baroness Bomburst, and Andy Hockley (The Phantom Of The Opera) as Grandpa Potts.
Renowned comedian Phill Jupitus (Never Mind The Buzzcocks, QI, Hairspray, Monty Python's Spamalot) will join the cast of Jamie Lloyd's ground breaking, splash hit production of Urinetown The Musical from 1st December 2014.
Phill will be taking on the role of tyrannical Caldwell B. Cladwell, and stepping up into roles of Penelope Pennywise and Mr. McQueen will be our original cast members Julie Jupp and Alasdair Buchan.
Director Jamie Lloyd's critically acclaimed production of the multi Tony award winning musical Urinetown, with music and lyrics by Mark Hollmann and book and lyrics by Greg Kotis, is currently running at the Apollo Theatre for a limited season.
Based on the character based comedy show he took to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2012, You're Probably Wondering Why I've Asked You Here... is a three-part performance unlike anything you have seen before. Phill Jupitus plays the part of three extraordinary characters and with the help of an inquisitive audience, we find out more about them. The Late Vernon Herschel Harley is a legend of stage and screen who died at the age of 114 just last Thursday. He has worked with everybody in theatre and cinema and describes himself as 'Quite lively for a dead chap' and 'An annecdote Gatling gun.' The Late Kurt Schiffer was the Korvettenkapitan of the U42B out of Hamburg part of the German Navy's Wolf Packs, which were the scourge of the Atlantic shipping lanes. He died in 1944. The Late Phill Jupitus died on June 24th 2052 on the eve of his 90th birthday. Leave your preconceptions at the door but don't forget to bring your curiosity. 'This show is a huge amount of fun and an impressive display of Jupitus' skills' – The Scotsman 'I left an hour later with further admiration of the man's talents and his willingness to try something different... it is an experience that should not be missed' – One4Review 'Jupitus is undoubtedly an excellent improviser and there is a great deal of pleasure to be had from watching his quick wit at work' - Broadway Baby For tour dates and tickets, click here.
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Phill Jupitus began his performing career in 1984, when he quit working in a Job Centre to become a ranting poet, quickly rising to prominence supporting such bands as The Style Council and The Housemartins. While working for indie record label Go! Disc his duties included being press officer for the The Housemartins and directing videos for Billy Bragg and the late Kirsty McColl.
In the evenings Phill’s poetry and compering became so successful he would go to tour with such luminaries as Madness, The Who and Paul Weller.
1995 saw the beginning of Phill’s radio career hosting his own show at BBC Greater London Radio. In 2000 Phill had the honour of playing the first ever record on the BBC’s new dedicated music station 6Music as its inaugural Breakfast DJ.
Phill’s highly successful television career began in 1996 when he became team captain on BBC2’s pop quiz Never Mind The Buzzcocks. Now in its twenty-third series Phill is the only remaining member of the original line-up.
Phill’s stand-up has taken him on two UK tours; Jedi, Steady, Go (1996) where he performed a personal interpretation of the Star Wars story. This was followed by the hugely popular second tour in 1999, Quadrophobia which can be found on DVD.
Phill has also starred in the sitcom television Dark Ages, provided a voice for the animated ITV series Watership Down before writing and performing in the critically acclaimed Waiting for Alice. (Edinburgh Festival 2007)
Aside from Never Mind the Buzzcocks, Phill currently appears as a regular guest on QI (BBC2/4), while on BBC Radio 4 Phill is a regular member of the award winning News Quiz in addition to numerous presenting work on such shows as Phill Jupitus’ Comic Strips and The Man Who Bought Hendrix’s Stage. As a journalist Phill writes a weekly column for The Times’ prestigious sport supplement, The Game; being a highly skilled artist at frequent intervals these submissions are presented in cartoon form. He currently is also the host of the aforementioned The Game football podcast along with his own cult music podcast Perfect Ten.
Despite these current media commitments Phill finds the time to go back out on the road touring the UK with his impro-show, as a key member of the successful show Totally Looped and also as lead singer with The Blockheads.
In the Autumn of 2009 Phill graced the West End stage in the hit musical Hairspray playing Edna Turnblad receiving critical acclaim for his performance.
The summer of 2010 saw the release of Phill’s book Good Morning Nantwich – Adventures In Breakfast Radio where not only does Phill discover the answer but finds out what really makes the listening nation tick first thing in the morning.
‘No one knows or cares more about radio or can write about it with such wit, love and grace’ – Stephen Fry.