Gareth Gates and Jennifer Ellison join the cast of the international award-winning hit Legally Blonde The Musical as 'Warner' and 'Paulette' from today, 17 July. Faye Brooks continues to star in the role of 'Elle' and Iwan Lewis plays 'Emmett'.
Gareth Gates shot to fame in 2002 when he was famously voted runner-up in the UK's first hit television series of Pop Idol. He has since gone on to sell 3.5 million records in the UK alone, releasing 3 albums and 4 UK number 1 singles. More recently Gareth has starred in Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (West End), Les Miserables (25th Anniversary tour and West End) and Loserville (West Yorkshire Playhouse).
Jennifer Ellison is best known for her roles in the TV soap opera Brookside and the film adaptation of The Phantom of the Opera. Her theatre credits include 'Roxie Hart' in Chicago (West End and UK tour), Boeing Boeing (Comedy Theatre) and Calendar Girls and she has made numerous other television appearances (Hotel Babylon, The Verdict, The Brief, Hell's Kitchen and as a judge on Dirty Dancing- Time of Your Life). Jennifer was recently seen wowing judges and audiences alike on ITV's hit show Dancing on Ice where she reached the semi finals.
Following three triumphant years at the Savoy Theatre, Legally Blonde the Musical finished its West End run this spring but the multi-award winning musical continues its hugely successful UK tour in 2012 with confirmed dates including Canterbury, Southampton, Bradford, Oxford, Plymouth, Milton Keynes, Cardiff, Birmingham, York, Manchester and Wimbledon. Having conquered both sides of the Atlantic with critically acclaimed runs in the West End and on Broadway, Legally Blonde is also going down under opening in Sydney this October.
Winner of 7 major awards including the coveted Best Musical 2011 (Olivier Awards), Legally Blonde The Musical is an all singing, all dancing romantic comedy about knowing who you are and showing what you've got!
Elle Woods can handle anything. So when her boyfriend, Warner, dumps her she decides to follow him to Harvard Law School and win him back. With some help from new-found friends Paulette, Emmett and her Chihuahua Bruiser, she learns that it's so much better to be smart.
The tour is directed by Tony and Olivier Award winning Jerry Mitchell (Hairspray).
Starring Ray Quinn as 'Warner', Les Dennis as 'Professor Callahan' and Niki Evans as 'Paulette':
Canterbury, Marlowe Theatre 5-16 June
Southampton, Mayflower Theatre 19- 30 June
Bradford, Alhambra Theatre 3-14 July
Starring Gareth Gates as 'Warner' and Jennifer Ellison as 'Paulette':
Oxford, New Theatre 17 – 21 July
Plymouth, Theatre Royal 24 – 28 July
Milton Keynes Theatre 31 July – 11 August
Cardiff Millennium Centre 14 – 25 August
Birmingham, Alexandra Theatre 28 August – 1 September
York, Grand Opera House  ; 4 – 8 September
Manchester Opera House 11 – 22 September
Wimbledon Theatre 25 September – 6 October