York Theatre Royal’s original Seven Brides cast

1984 cast of York Theatre Royal’s Seven Brides for Seven Brothers reunited.


The original 1984 cast of York Theatre Royal’s Seven Brides for Seven Brothers came face-to-face with their contemporary counterparts on stage ahead of the York Light production’s opening night on Tuesday 28 June. York Light director Martyn Knight also appeared in the 1984 production, which went on to a West End run and an international tour.

Original cast members Debbie Wall (Alice), Jacey Collins (Martha), Simon Ward (Benjamin), Robert Hopkins (Ephraim) and stage manager Mark Shelley took to the newly refurbished stage at York Theatre Royal to meet the cast before enjoying the opening night of the performance. They took to the set with Ria Williams (Alice), Alicia Fletcher (Martha), Christian Mortimer (Benjamin) and Michael Foster (Ephraim).

In the current York Light production, the lead roles of Adam and Milly will be performed by Matthew Ainsworth and Emma Dickinson. The cast also includes: Scott Goncalves (Gideon); Grace Brown (Sarah); Sam Lightwing (Frank); Eloise Crawford (Liza); Richard Wetherill (Daniel); Stephanie Elsey (Ruth); Richard Hawley (Caleb) and Rachel Williams (Dorcas).

Set in Oregon in the 1850s, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers tells the story of Adam Pontipee and his new bride Milly as they attempt to find brides for Adam’s six unkempt and unruly brothers. Milly sets a plan into motion to marry off the brothers, including teaching them how to court ladies properly, but things don’t quite go as planned when the brothers, in their enthusiasm, kidnap six women from the neighbouring town to be their brides.

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers is a glorious romp of a musical with a wonderful toe-tapping score which includes favourite songs such as: Bless Your Beautiful Hide; Goin’ Courtin’ and Wonderful, Wonderful Day. Tickets are on sale now priced at £28.50 to £10 (£1.50 transaction fee per booking) from the York Theatre Royal Box Office in person, by phone on 01904 623568 or securely online at yorktheatreroyal.co.uk.