Rebel Wilson will be hitting the London stage in Guys & Dolls.
The Pitch Perfect actress will replace Samantha Spiro in the leading role of nightclub performer Miss Adelaide, the fiancee of gambler Nathan Detroit, for a limited run between 28 June and 21 August
“Proud to announce that I will be joining the West End cast of GUYS & DOLLS for 8 weeks only at the Phoenix Theatre, playing Miss Adelaide!” Rebel announced on Twitter on Tuesday. “So excited to be making my West End debut in this classic musical.”
She had previously teased that she had some big news to share with fans on Sunday, tweeting, “I have some exciting news to announce next week for all my British fans x (and those who can get their a**es to London!)”
The production, about gangsters in New York and a love story between gambler Sky Masterson and missionary Sarah Brown, first premiered in 1950 and has been revived many times. The current London revival opened last year and recently transferred to the Phoenix Theatre. British stage stars Nigel Lindsay and Oliver Tompsett will star alongside Rebel as Nathan and Sky respectively.
Rebel isn’t the only celebrity who has been in the classic musical – both Imelda Staunton and 30 Rock’s Jane Krakowski have played Miss Adelaide in the past, while Ewan McGregor and former The O.C. star Peter Gallagher have portrayed Sky, and Bob Hoskins, Nathan Lane, and Patrick Swayze have stepped into the role of Nathan.
A film version of the musical was released in 1955 starring Marlon Brando and Frank Sinatra.