Northumberland comedian Ross Noble to star in first musical role

Ross Noble in The Producers.
Ross Noble in The Producers.
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Comedian Ross Noble, from Cramlington, will make his musical theatre debut at the Sunderland Empire this May.

The Freewheeling star will take on the role of Franz Liebkind in the show at the Sunderland Empire.

I’m sure I’ll get a warm reception as a Geordie in Sunderland but if they do have a problem with it, luckily I’m playing a German.

Ross Noble

He will join the cast on Friday, May 15, as the short fused, carrier pigeon keeping, former Nazi, brought on board by Max Bialystok and Leo Bloom to help them in their plot to put on the worst musical of all time.

Ross said: “When the opportunity came up to make my debut in the show a couple of days early in the North East I jumped at the chance! I’m sure I’ll get a warm reception as a Geordie in Sunderland but if they do have a problem with it, luckily I’m playing a German.

“I had a great time in Sunderland filming my TV show Freewheeling so it will be nice to be back this time causing a little less trouble.”

Ross will star alongside one of the UK’s best loved comedians Jason Manford as timid accountant Leo Bloom. Broadway and West End star Cory English reprises his role as Max Bialystock, one he played to critical acclaim in London’s West End.

Jason Manford said: “Ross is one of the most exciting and inventive comedians the UK has produced, he is one of those rare breed of comics who simply has funny bones. It’s a genius bit of casting.”

Phill Jupitus plays Franz Liebkind until May 14, and then Ross Noble will take over.

The Producers is at the Sunderland Empire from Monday, May 11, to Saturday, May 16.

Call the box office on 0844 871 3022 or visit www.atgtickets.com for tickets.