Rufus Hound is to star in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s stage adaptation of The Boy in the Dress.
Irvine Iqbal, Natasha Lewis and Forbes Masson have also been named in the first cast announcement for the musical, which has music and lyrics by Robbie Williams and Guy Chambers and has been adapted from David Walliams’ book of the same name.
The stage adaptation has been written by Mark Ravenhill, and will be directed by RSC’ artistic director Gregory Doran.
The story revolves around football and fashion loving boy Dennis, and was first published in 2008 and was later adapted for TV by the BBC.
Child casting has not yet been announced, however Hound will play Dennis’ dad, Iqbal will play Raj the shopkeeper, Lewis will appear as Dennis’ friend Darvesh’s mum, and Masson will play headmaster Mr Hawtrey.
The production is designed by Robert Jones and choreographed by Aletta Collins. It has lighting by Mark Henderson and sound by Paul Groothuis and Tom Marshall.
The Boy in the Dress runs in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre from November 8 until March 8, with press night on November 27.