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The hit 2005 Broadway musical Dirty Rotten Scoundrels opened at the Savoy Theatre in London’s West End on March 10th 2014. Composed by David Yazbek with a book by Jeffrey Lane, this musical comedy is based on the 1988 film of the same name which starred Steve Martin and Michael Cane.

Following a successful Broadway run at the Imperial Theatre, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels has been seen all over the world including Stockholm, Seoul, Stuttgart and most recently, Sydney. The London production stars Robert Lindsay (My Family), Samantha Bond (James Bond series), Katherine Kingsley (Singin’ in the Rain, A Midsummer Night’s Dream) as well as comedian turned actor, Rufus Hound (One Man, Two Guvnors). The production is  directed and choreographed by Jerry Mitchell.

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels - Katherine KingsleyDirty Rotten Scoundrels is set on the sunny French Riviera, where Casino culture runs high. Lawrence Jameson, a notorious con-artists makes a living tricking wealthy women out of their money with the help of his trusty bodyguard Andre. The arrival of Freddy challenges his position, and it soon becomes clear that the coast is just not big enough for two con men. The pair make a deal that the first one of them to swindle $50,000 out of one of the wealthy residents will get to retain the turf, and the loser will be forced to leave. As the heat increases, both men stop at nothing in order to show they are the greatest, but as the fight gains intensity, their feelings for the women begin to get in the way. As they meet some highly intelligent girls, it seems that the pair may have finally met their match…

The original Broadway production starred John Lithgow and Norbert Leo Butz in the lead roles of Lawrence and Freddy. Butz won the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical along with the Drama Desk for Outstanding Actor in a Musical

David Yazbek’s work was last seen in the West End for the 2002 production of The Full Monty which ran at the Prince of Wales Theatre for eight months. As a composer, his style is often sharp and satirical, and his work on ‘Dirty Rotten Scoundrels’ is no exception. His last show on Broadway was ‘Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown’ which was based on the film by Pedro Almodóvar and starred Sherie Rene Scott, Laura Benanti, Patti LuPone and Brian Stokes Mitchell.

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