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From the novel by David Walliams
Adapted by Mark Ravenhill
Music and lyrics by Robbie Williams and Guy Chambers
Directed by Gregory Doran
Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 8 November 2019 - 8 March 2020

Last night (Thursday 28 November 2019), the Royal Shakespeare Company celebrated the opening night of the new musical, The Boy in the Dress, based on the novel by David Walliams, adapted by Mark Ravenhill, with music and lyrics by Robbie Williams and Guy Chambers and directed by RSC Artistic Director Gregory Doran.

VIP guests included David Baddiel, David Bradley, Alan Carr, Guy Chambers, Taron Egerton, Ray Fearon, Ayda Field, Dawn Harper, Natalie Imbruglia, Cerys Matthews, David Walliams and Robbie Williams.

The Company, which includes Rufus Hound, Irvine Iqbal, Natasha Lewis, Forbes Masson and Charlotte Wakefield, were joined on stage by Robbie Williams, David Walliams and Guy Chambers for a special reprise of ‘Disco Symphony’, one of the songs written by Robbie Williams and Guy Chambers for the production.

The cast and creative team were joined by fellow company members and VIP guests for post-show celebrations at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon.


Green carpet arrivals – photographer credit Apaulndrew Fox

Curtain Call – photographer credit Simon Hadley

Notes to Editors:

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The Boy in the Dress is supported by RSC Production Circle members Elizabeth Boissevain and Andrew Jeffreys, Charles Holloway, Ms Teresa Tsai and Kathleen J. Yoh

The work of the RSC Literary Department is generously supported by The Drue and H.J. Heinz II Charitable Trust

The RSC Acting Companies are generously supported by The Gatsby Charitable Foundation and The Kovner Foundation

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