Two big-name soap stars have joined a musical based on macabre comic creations The Addams Family. Samantha Womack – soon to leave her role as Ronnie Mitchell on EastEnders – is to portray matriarch Morticia, while Coronation Street’s Les Dennis, aka Michael Rodwell, will play cousin Fester.
No details have been revealed as to who will play Morticia’s husband Gomez or son Pugsley Addams, however Carrie Hope Fletcher (West End star of Les Miserables) is set to feature as daughter Wednesday.
The production – co-written by Jersey Boy scribes Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice – will see a grown-up Wednesday fall in love with a man from a respectable family, a secret that only Gomez knows. Gomez then decides to keep the pairing a secret from wife Morticia, only for the drama to reach a crescendo at a family dinner involving Wednesday’s “normal” boyfriend and his parents.
The opening titles of The Addams Family from 1964
Created by American cartoonist Charles Addams, the spooky clan have previously been brought to life on an ABC sitcom and in two big-screen movies starring Anjelica Houston, Raul Julia and Christopher Lloyd.
The UK and Ireland tour of The Addams Family will begin at the Festival Theatre in Edinburgh on 20 April 2017.