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We ask Dirty Rotten Scoundrels’ stars for their thoughts on the musical and top London tips ahead of the show’s opening at The Savoy Theatre on Monday.

Robert Lindsay (Lawrence Jameson) and Rufus Hound (Freddy Benson)

Dirty Rotten ScoundrelsHow would you describe your character?

RL: I’m the older guy who’s done very well, reached the top of his game, getting slightly bored who wants a bit of chaos in his life.

RH: I’m doing the same thing as Lawrence (a con man), but he’s doing it on a far grander, more professional scale. My character is so overwhelmed he wants to learn at the feet of the master.

Describe the show in a few words…

RL: It’s essentially a great story. People love a con man, they love a rogue. There are two wonderful rogues.

RH: Great big stuff…It’s a full-on, full-out class show…It’s so perfect for people who love a good West End musical.

What would you recommend for a first-time visitor?

RL: Book a ticket for Dirty Rotten Scoundrels!

RH: Go to the pub. Nowhere has pubs like London. Sit in one of those for 10 minutes and try some London Pride or something like that.

Samantha Bond (Muriel Eubanks) and John Marquez (Andre Thibault)

How would you describe your character?Samantha Bond and John Marquez

SB: I play Muriel, a very wealthy divorcee who has gone to France in search of love.

JM: Andre, chief of police. He’s not very good with women, but then…

Describe the show in a few words…

SB: I think it’s brilliant. Thrilling, exciting, funny, sexy. It’s phenomenal

JM: Hilarious, quality.

What would you recommend for a first-time visitor?

SB: You need to see architecture, go to art galleries, walk in our beautiful parks – there are hidden parts of St James’s Park that I only discovered last year. The London Eye is glorious. I also love the Duck Toursriver boats are great ways to see London.

JM: The thing that always strikes me is the history. I love going to the streets around London Bridge and Borough, standing looking around and imagining what actually went on there.

Do you have a secret hangout in London?

SB: I like to be in Covent Garden Piazza watching everything. There are also some fantastic walking tours to see the hidden parts of London.

JM: I always like to go to Neal’s Yard in Covent Garden, just to sit and have some food there.

Where would you go for a post-show meal?

SB: Three of my favourites are: J. Sheekey, The Ivy and The Delaunay.

JM: I just did a play near J. Sheekey. I’m not a big one at eating but I did get into having a few oysters and champagne there after the show.

Katherine Kingsley (Christine Colgate) and Jerry Mitchell (director)

How would you describe your character?

Katherine Kingsley and Jerry Mitchell

KK: She’s the heiress of a soap company from America. She’s goes to the South of France where she meets two men who turn out to be con men.

Describe the show in a few words…

JM: A big, fun musical comedy where you get a chance to meet some fabulous people and get conned along the way.

KK: Fun, sexy, classy.

What would you recommend for a first-time visitor to London?

JM: The London EDITION  hotel has a wonderful bar called the Punch Room; but you can only get in with a reservation – I also recommend the Berners Tavern restaurant in the hotel. I’m a fan of J. Sheekey – it’s the theatre hangout, and you might even see a star or two.

KK. You could start off with a cocktail at The Savoy.

Where would you go for a post-theatre meal?

JM: J. Sheekey. But I’m dying to eat in The Savoy’s Grill, and there’s also Joe Allen and Orso.

KK: Joe Allen is probably easier to get a booking and not quite as expensive – it’s so theatrical, a great place.

Do you have a secret hangout in London?

JM: The thing that’s different about London from America is you have all these private clubs. I would also give a shout out to The Coal Hole, which is right next to the Savoy Theatre.

KK: Private clubs are really nice because they’re quite quiet so you don’t have to shout over people. Sometimes if you go to a pub after doing a show you can lose your voice.

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Top West End Musicals to See in 2014 Thu, 26 Dec 2013 11:00:09 +0000 Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at Savoy Theatre

I don’t know about you, but when I’m wondering whether that last mince pie was a good idea and if I might not be able to leave my bed until Easter I like to give myself the incentive of a new musical to get moving. Luckily, there is a fine new selection in 2014.

There’s a treat of cheating and conniving coming to the Savoy Theatre, when Dirty Rotten Scoundrels opens in March. Adding the West End know-how of Robert Lindsay and Katherine Kingsley to the laugh-bringing abilities of former One Man, Two Guvnors lead Rufus Hound, the US hit is given a hefty helping of British quality.

At the St James Theatre, another American hit gets a UK premiere when Urinetown opens in February. The tale of a futuristic city suffering a severe drought, where the public toilets are harshly policed and offenders get a one-way trip to Urinetown, the show has a trio of Tonys to its name and boasts a London cast including Olivier Award-winner Jenna Russell and former star of Ghost The Musical, Richard Fleeshman.

If you love a classic rom com, The Pajama Game – with its tale of love threatened by a workforce argument at a nightwear factory – transfers to London in May after finding huge success in Chichester earlier this year. In the same month, Miss Saigon, with its more tragic tale of war-torn love, flies back into the West End with a new teenage star.

And if you’d like something brand new, I Can’t Sing! The X Factor Musical, which promises to take a very silly look at the TV phenomenon, opens at the London Palladium in March. With a story and lyrics by comedian Harry Hill and a leading lady, Cynthia Erivo – who was one of the emerging stars of 2013 – it promises to be as big a hit as Simon Cowell’s Saturday night show.olt-250

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London Theatre News: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Spamalot, Peppa Pig, Get Into London Theatre, Gemma Arterton, Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, Evening Standard Awards Wed, 13 Nov 2013 09:00:26 +0000

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels To Open in 2014

A host of exciting new musicals have opened and are due to open in London this year. If you love your tuners as much as I do, you’ll be delighted to hear that the trend looks set to continue in 2014 with the arrival of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.

The tale of conmen competing for the affections of an heiress brings Olivier Award winner Robert Lindsay back to the stage alongside comedian Rufus Hound and West End regular Katherine Kingsley. It plays at the Savoy Theatre from 10 March.

Child-friendly Musicals: Spamalot and Peppa Pig’s Big Splash

In more musical news, children’s TV stars Dick and Dom are leaving childish things behind – well, partly – to star in Spamalot. The kid-friendly double act will star as King Arthur and sidekick Patsy in the Monty Python-inspired musical from 2 December.

If the kids don’t fancy dancing knights, pre-school favourite Peppa Pig has announced a festive run of Peppa Pig’s Big Splash at the Criterion. The porky protagonist, who’s so popular she has her own theme park, will play during the daytime while comic thriller The 39 Steps continues in the evenings.

Discounted Theatre Tickets

Looking forward to the new year, annual discount ticket promotion Get Into London Theatre has revealed it will go on sale from 10 December for performances from 1 January to 13 February. More than 45 London shows are taking part, offering cut price tickets from £10 to £40.

As if all that news wasn’t enough, we’ve also heard:

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