Star-Studded Cast to WOW Wales Millennium Centre as 42nd Street Comes to Cardiff

Cardiff will see the stars descend this summer as Samantha Womack, Michael Praed, Faye Tozer, Les Dennis and Nicole-Lily Baisden will be starring in 42nd Street when the show visits Wales Millennium Centre in August 2023 on a UK and Ireland tour. 

Tickets are on sale now for 42nd Street, which will appear at Wales Millennium Centre from 14-19 August 2023, at 

Well-known entertainer Les Dennis will be playing the role of Bert Barry. Les is best-known for presenting Family Fortunes and has starred in multiple TV shows including Death In Paradise, Coronation Street, Holby City, and Hotel Babylon. His theatre credits are equally impressive, as they include Only Fools & Horses The Musical (Theatre Royal Haymarket), HMS Pinafore (ENO), Hairspray (Coliseum), The Addams Family (Music and Lyrics), Spamalot (ATG), South Pacific (Birmingham Symphony), and Chicago (Adelphi).

Les Dennis said “I’m thrilled to be playing Bert Barry and really excited to be opening this brand-new production of 42nd Street. Jonathan Church our director is really digging into the characters and where they’ve been. We’re giving a new look to this production.”

The role of Maggie Jones will be played by Faye Tozer. Faye is best-known as a member of the BRIT Award winning pop band Steps and her theatre credits include Singin’ In The Rain (Sadler’s Wells, UK Tour & Canada), Everybody’s Talking About Jamie (Apollo Theatre), In The Spotlight (Tour), Over The Rainbow (Tour), Me And My Girl (Tour), Love Shack (Tour), Saucy Jack And The Space Vixens (The Leicester Square Theatre) and Tell Me On A Sunday (Tour).

Samantha Womack will be playing the role of Dorothy Brock. Samantha, well-known for playing Ronni Mitchell in Eastenders, has also starred as Tanya in 3 seasons of Mount Pleasant, Ruth in Babes In The Wood and Mandy in Game On. Samantha’s theatre credits include The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe (Gillian Lynne, West End) Girl On The Train (West End and UK Tour), The Addams Family (UK Tour), Hope (Royal Court Liverpool), the Lincoln Center’s production of the classic musical South Pacific in the lead role of Nellie Forbush at the Barbican & UK Tour, and Michael Grandage’s West End production of Guys And Dolls alongside Patrick Swayze (Piccadilly Theatre).

They will be joined by Michael Praed whose TV credits include playing Frank Clayton in Emmerdale, as well as starring in The Bill, Casualty, Dynasty and Doctors. Michael’s theatre credits include playing George in War of the Worlds (Dominion Theatre), Dexter Haven in High Society (UK Tour), Captain Von Trapp in The Sound of Music (UK Tour), F Scott Fitzgerald in Beautiful and Damned (Lyric Theatre), Tony in Copacabana (UK Tour), Billy Bigelow in Carousel (Dublin Theatre), and D’artagnan in The Three Musketeers (Broadway Theatre, NY). 

Nicole-Lily Baisden will be playing Peggy Sawyer (previous credits include Nabulungi in The Book of Mormon (West End / UK & International Tour), Hope Harcourt in Anything Goes (Barbican Theatre & UK Tour). She said: “The choreography by Bill Deamer is incredible. It’s going to be breathtaking. I think everyone’s going to leave smiling!”

The additional cast include Sam Lips as Billy Lawlor, with Erica-Jayne Alden, George Beet, Charlie Bishop, Kevin Brewis, Olly Christopher, Briana Craig, Jordan Crouch, Rhianna Dorris, Ashleigh Graham, Alyn Hawke, Aimee Hodnett, Connor Hughes, Deja Linton, Sarah-Marie Maxwell, Greta McKinnon, Ben Middleton, Benjamin Mundy, Anthony Ofoegbu and Jessica Wright.

Fresh off the bus from small-town America, young and beautiful Peggy Sawyer arrives in New York City dreaming of her name in lights. She quickly catches the eye of a big-time director and lands a spot in the chorus line of Broadway’s newest show…and when the leading lady gets injured, Peggy gets her shot at stardom.

42nd STREET is a timeless and inspiring showbiz fairy tale that combines breath-taking tap dance routines, backstage intrigue, classic romance and delightful comedy to dazzling effect. This iconic song-and-dance spectacular features a hit parade of toe-tapping songs, including the title number, “We’re In The Money”, “Lullaby of Broadway”, “Shuffle Off To Buffalo” and “I Only Have Eyes For You”. 

Tickets for 42nd Street are available to buy on the Wales Millennium Centre, so go get yours now!