Meet the Men in Tights…
The cast traipsing about the UK will consist of a couple of wily RSC veterans and two squirrelly newcomers.
* Aging ingenue Matt Rippy leads the charge, having been a member of the RSC since 1995 and having performed in five Reduced shows in seven countries on five continents, many of them solidly. Audiences who watch television or go to movies will recognize Matt from his below-decks discovery in The Dark Knight and his steamy appearance as the original Captain Jack Harkness in Torchwood.
* Accompanying Matt will be seasoned reducer Gary Fannin, who joined the RSC in 1999 with The Complete Millennium Musical (abridged) and has never looked back. (Except once.) If you ever crossed the threshold of the Criterion during our long run – odds are you witnessed the Fannin Phenomenon!
* Impressive ginger Matt Pearson joins the RSC direct from the West End runs of Chariots of Fire at the Gielgud (hey, our old theatre) and The 39 Steps at the Criterion (hey, our other old theatre!). Among his many splendid accomplishments, he blows a mean bagpipe. You’ve been warned.
* Rounding out the cast is Benjamin Stratton, who joins the RSC directly from Broadway! (The Broadway Theatre in Catford, that is, where he’s currently performing in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.)
These four actors will be reducing and abridging and swapping roles around the UK from April to August….and possibly longer. Be there or be tragically unhip!