The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button – Initial Casting announced

Olivier Award Winner John Dalgleish is to play the lead in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button the musical at Ambassadors Theatre.

Curious Case Of Benjamin Button
John Dalgleish

It has been announced that Olivier Award Winner John Dalgleish will star as the title character in new musical The Curious Case of Benjamin Button when it opens at the Ambassadors Theatre, London on 11 October 2024.


He will be joined by Matthew Burns, Jonathan Charles, Oonagh Cox, Anna Fordham, Philippa Hogg, Damien James, Ann Marcuson, Jack Quarton and Benedict Salter, all reprising their roles from the acclaimed run at Southwark Playhouse. Also joining the ensemble will be Elliot Mackenzie. Further casting to be announced in due course.

John Dagleish won an Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical for his role as Ray Davies in Sunny Afternoon. His other theatre credits include Sylvia and A Christmas Carol both at the Old Vic, Common at the National Theatre, A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Young Vic, and The Winter’s Tale and Harlequinade at the Garrick Theatre. John’s film credits include the live-action adaption of Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Matilda The Musical, The Gentleman, Judy, Christopher Robin, Mary Poppins Returns and Justice League. His television credits include Lark Rise To Candleford, The Third Day and 3 Body Problem.

An electrifying journey through the timeless tale of a love that defies all odds, The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button  is an enchantingly beautiful and truly unordinary musical that reminds us to make every second count. The production captured hearts last year with its sold-out Southwark Playhouse run – winning Best Musical Theatre Production at the 2024 Off West End Awards.

Benjamin Button musicalWith a breathtaking soundtrack brought to life by an extraordinary actor-musician ensemble, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s iconic short story is relocated to a fishing village on the north coast of Cornwall by writing team Jethro Compton and Darren Clark.

Under the light of a full moon, something most curious occurs… Benjamin Button is born old. Bound to the fate of growing younger each day, Benjamin wants nothing more than to live a little life. But will he ever find a place to belong? Only time and tide will tell…

The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button is based on the short story of the same name by F. Scott Fitzgerald, author of The Great Gatsby and The Beautiful and Damned. With Book & Lyrics by Jethro Compton and Music & Lyrics by Darren Clark. It is directed by Jethro Compton who also designs the stage, with co-music supervision, orchestration and arrangements by Mark Aspinall and Darren Clark, choreography by Chi-San Howard, costumes and associate stage design by Anna Kelsey, sound by Luke Swaffield, lighting by Zoe Spurr, musical direction by Mark Aspinall and casting by Ginny Schiller.

Season dates 10 October 2024 – 15 February 2025


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