When Private Steven Flowers is posted to the Song and Dance Unit in South East Asia, he is not quite sure what to expect. But as he serves under the flamboyant Captain Terri Dennis, he begins to discover that it might take more than just a uniform to become a real man. Set against the murderous backdrop of the fierce Malaysian campaign at the end of World War Two, Privates on Parade deals with the serious side of sexual and racial politics.
Well-known for his performances as Marlene Dietrich, Vera Lynn and Carmen Miranda, Simon Russell Beale plays Captain Dennis. Russell Beale’s extensive credits include Spamalot and Candide, as well as countless Shakespeare plays. He has also enjoyed a hugely successful screen career, starring in The Hollow Crown, Spooks and My Week with Marilyn. Further casting includes Chris Chan as Lee, Harry Hepple as Lance Corporal Charles Bishop, Mark Lewis Jones as Sergeant-Major Reg Drummond, John Marquez as Corporal Len Bonny, Brodie Ross as Leading Aircraftman Eric Young-Love, Sam Swainsbury as Flight-Sergeant Kevin Cartwright, Joseph Timms as Private Steven Flowers, Sadao Ueda as Cheng and Angus Wright as Major Giles Flack.
Written by Peter Nichols, Privates on Parade is legendary director Michael Grandage’s first play in an upcoming season of five at the Noel Coward. Privates on Parade features design by Christopher Oram, lighting design by Paule Constable, sound design by Nick Lidster and Terry Jardine (for Autograph), music by Denis King and choreography by Ben Wright. A ridiculously hilarious performance from Russell Beale, this play is simply not to be missed!