A dirty great hit is on its way to the Opera

DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS. Michael Praed (Lawrence), Carley Stenson (Christine) and Noel Sullivan (Freddy). Photo by Phil Tragen

DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS. Michael Praed (Lawrence), Carley Stenson (Christine) and Noel Sullivan (Freddy). Photo by Phil Tragen

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Another top show has been added to the Opera House’s busy 2015 calendar, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels – The Musical.

The production will visit Blackpool straight from London’s West End, and fresh from being named Best New Musical of 2014, playing in November as part of a UK tour.

The hit musical, nominated for an Olivier Award, is based on the legendary 1988 film Dirty Rotten Scoundrels starring Michael Caine and Steve Martin.

The production is staged by the same group behind Priscilla Queen of the Desert which wowed audiences in the resort in August 2013, as well as Jersey Boys and West Side Story; The Ambassador Theatre Group.

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels stars Michael Praed as Lawrence, Noel Sullivan as Freddy, Carley Stenson as Christine and Gary Wilmot as Andre.

They live inthe luxurious French Riviera, where the decadent world of sophisticated conman Lawrence Jameson is set to come crashing down with the arrival of larger-than-life Freddy Benson – a conman of an entirely different order.

Soon realising the town ‘ain’t big enough for the both of them’, the two find themselves going head to head in the con of their lives, pulling out all of the stops in a bid for the affections of millionaire soap heiress Christine Colgate.

Little do they know what they’ve let themselves in for.

Winter Gardens managing director Michael Williams said: “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels has enjoyed fantastic success in the West End, so we are delighted Blackpool is to play such a big part in the national tour.

“It is a great story that millions are familiar with following the hugely successful movie.

“The Blackpool dates coincide with the end of the Illuminations so it’s a great coup for the town to have such a big production during that week which will hopefully bring so many additional visitors.”

The show plays from November 4-7.

Tickets, priced from £20, go on sale today, from www.wintergardensblackpool.co.uk