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Killian Donnelly and Matt Henry cast as Kinky Boots leads

Killian Donnelly and Matt Henry will return to Kinky Boots. Photo: Darren Bell
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Killian Donnelly and Matt Henry will lead the cast of Kinky Boots in the West End.

Donnelly is currently starring opposite Beverley Knight in Memphis, while Henry recently appeared on BBC1’s The Voice.

Amy Lennox and Jamie Baughan will also star in the musical – which originated on Broadway – alongside Michael Hobbs and Amy Ross.

The cast includes Marcus Collins, who in February pulled out of a tour of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

Also in the cast are Gemma Atkins, Paul Ayers, Jeremy Batt, Arun Blair-Mangat, Emma Crossley, Jordan Fox, Callum Francis, Robert Grose, Gillian Hardie and Chloe Hart.

Further casting includes Sophie Isaacs, Luke Jackson, Robert Jones, Adam Lake, Catherine Millsom, Sean Needham, Tim Prottey-Jones, Verity Quade, Javier Santos, Dominic Tribuzio, Alan Vicary, Michael Vinsen and Bleu Woodward.

Director and choreographer Jerry Mitchell described casting the show as an “amazing and energising experience”.

He added: “We are delighted to have found our Lola and Charlie in the hugely talented Matt Henry and Killian Donnelly. Both gentlemen will bring effortless charm and sensational voices to the show.”

The production is based on the 2005 film of the same name, which itself was based on a true story, and has music and lyrics by Cyndi Lauper.

Harvey Fierstein, who wrote the musical’s book, added: “The inspiring story of Kinky Boots is about to complete its full circle journey from Northampton to the silver screen to Broadway and now, at last, back home to London. It’s been an absolute thrill to witness the giant heart of our show raise audiences up out of their seats in clamorous joy night after night all across the States. I can’t wait to experience its homecoming with our friends across the pond.”

It will preview at the Adelphi Theatre from August 21, with a press night on September 15.

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