Lucy O'Byrne as Maria in the 2016 Sound of Music tour

Full Casting Announced for The Sound of Music

Posted on 11 January 2018

Following the earlier announcement of The Voice finalist Lucy O’Byrne as Maria and EastEnders and West End star Neil McDermott as Captain von Trapp, Bill Kenwright has now revealed full casting for its forthcoming UK tour of The Sound of Music, coming to the Belgrade Theatre Tuesday 6 until Saturday 10 February 2018.

Joining the cast in the role of Mother Abbess will be Megan Llewellyn, alongside Howard Samuels as Max, Jordan Oliver as Rolf and Katie Shearman as Liesl. The rest of the company includes Zoe Ann Bown, Lucy Miller, Tammy Davies, Chrissie Perkins, Holly Willock, Jon De Ville, Kara Lane, Pippa Winslow, Sam Newman, Andy Hawthorne, Joel Baylis and Lewis Barnshaw.

Star Lucy O’Byrne returns to the iconic role that won her rave reviews in the 2016 UK touring production of the show, The Scotsman declaring her “quite possibly the best Maria since Julie Andrews herself”. Since making history as the first classical singer to reach the finals of The Voice in 2015, she has gone on to play the coveted role of Fantine in Cameron Mackintosh’s record-breaking musical Les Misérables in the West End.

Co-starring will be Neil McDermott, who joins the production as Captain von Trapp following an earlier stint as Rolfe in The Sound of Music at the London Palladium. Best known for playing Ryan Molloy in EastEnders between 2009 and 2016, Neil has also appeared in TV series The Royal, Rosemary & Thyme, Doctors and Casualty. Stage credits include Chief Weasel in The Wind in the Willows (London Palladium); and Lord Farquaad in Shrek (Theatre Royal Dury Lane).

The Sound of Music tells the true story of the world-famous Trapp Family Singers, from their romantic beginnings and search for happiness, to their thrilling escape to freedom as their beloved Austria becomes part of the Third Reich at the start of WWII.

The unforgettable score features some of the most memorable songs ever performed on stage, including ‘Edelweiss’, ‘My Favorite Things’, ‘Do-Re-Mi’, ‘Climb Ev’ry Mountain’, ‘So Long, Farewell’ and of course, the title song, ‘The Sound of Music’.

Produced by Bill Kenwright, directed by Martin Connor, choreographed by Olivier Award winner Bill Deamer, musical direction by David Steadman, this critically-acclaimed, wonderfully lavish staging of the classic and heart-warming musical is the perfect way to welcome in 2018.