Casting announced for H.R.Haitch

Monday 16 April 2018

Musicals - Off-West End - Shows

Casting is announced for H.R.Haitch, a right royal musical comedy, which plays at the Union Theatre from 9 May 2018.
H.R.HAITCH. at The Union Theatre

Image: The Union Theatre

Featuring original music composed by Luke Bateman (Mr. Poppers Penguins) and lyrics written by children's author and Carnegie Medal nominee Maz Evans, this freshly re-imagined full-length production has been commissioned by Iris Theatre's Workin Process scheme following a highly successful concert version.

H.R.Haitch is destined for the Union Theatre from 9 May to 2 June 2018.

First written in 2015, this show began as a piece of pure fiction but it now pertinently reflects the current excitement surrounding the royal family and this year's royal wedding.

Directed by Daniel Winder, H.R.Haitch is a 21st century British satirical production about class, celebrity, patriotism, politics, race and a dash of social values.

Casting for H.R.Haitch at the Union Theatre

Cast (l to r): Christian James, Emily Jane Kerr, Andrea Miller, Christopher Lyne, Prince Plockey, Tori Allen-Martin

Casting announced today includes:

Christian James (The Commitments, UK Tour; NewsRevue, Canal Café Theatre; Princess Caraboo, Finborough Theatre)

Emily Jane Kerr (Tomorrow, Maybe, Union Theatre; What Is Love?, Southwark Playhouse; NewsRevue, Canal Café Theatre)

Andrea Miller (Billy Elliot, UK and Ireland Tour; Pass The Porter, The Spa Bridlington; Fables and Fairytales, The Spa Bridlington)

Christopher Lyne (Romeo and Juliet, Wilde Theatre; Robin Hood The Pantomime, Peepul Centre; The Hired Man, Union Theatre);

Prince Plockey (Future Voices, Southwark Playhouse; You Forgot The Mince, Edinburgh Fringe 2017 and UK Tour; Tis Pity She's A Whore, Tristan Bates Theatre)

who all join Tori Allen-Martin who plays Chelsea.

Set in an East London pub under the threat of closure, H.R.Haitch follows the family of the Dog & Duck as they are thrust into the limelight when their love-struck daughter Chelsea discovers a sudden unexpected connection to the Royal Family.

Director Daniel Winder said ...

"H.R.Haitch is a timely musical - we commissioned Luke and Maz in 2015 to write this show, never imagining that we'd so quickly see a royal marrying someone who didn't fit the traditional rich, white, British mould.

While this most definitely isn't a show about Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, we're delighted the Union has let us put the show on to coincide with their wedding.

We're thrilled to have Tori Allen-Martin back in the role of Chelsea, alongside a team of young and veteran actors - including our prince-in-hiding Christian, who will make the perfect hapless royal."


London, 2011.

The Olympics are doomed, the East End is being gentrified for houses no-one can afford, Amy Winehouse has died, and Adele's released her second album.

It's been a tough year.

But, in a world where Kim Kardashian can't stay married for a whole TV series, love has blossomed between feisty East Ender Chelsea and dopey toff Bertie.

He's never going to win Mastermind, but he won Chelsea's heart when he boned her trout at catering college.

Its 2012 and Chelsea's future is bright.

She has a new man and there's a new progressive Prime Minister to light the days ahead (#blessed).

The media can stick their obsession with the identity of Prince Albert, the secret royal who's been in hiding for 20 years.

Bertie has something big to tell Chelsea.

He's down on one knee, but it's not a ring he has in store … it's a crown.

And Chelsea will soon discover that travelling from Barking to Buckingham Palace takes more than a topped-up Oyster Card.

This is one Royal Wedding you won't want to miss ...!


Chelsea - Tori Allen-Martin

Bertie - Christian James

Princess Victoria - Emily Jane Kerr

Vera/Queen Mary - Andrea Miller

Brian/Prince Richard - Christopher Lyne

Vernon/Nathan - Prince Plockey

Various roles on film:

Rebecca Layoo

Matt Stubbs

Jenny Horsthuis

James Rastall

Steven Ticehurst

Nick Howard-Brown

Kieran Sims


Author: Maz Evans
Composer: Luke Bateman
Lyricist: Maz Evans
Director: Daniel Winder
Set designer: Justin Williams
Costume designer: Maddy Ross-Masson
Musical direction: Oli Rew
Choreography: Lily Howkins
Lighting: Ben Jacobs
Production: Shrapnel Theatre and Iris Theatre


The Union Theatre
229 Union Street


From: Wednesday 9 May 2018

Closed: Saturday 2 June 2018


Standard: £22.50

Concessions: £20; under 16 £15


Show website
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