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Principal cast announced for “Fisherman’s Friends” at Richmond Theatre

“Fisherman’s Friends” will show at Richmond Theatre from 28 February – 4 March 2023

The UK & Ireland Tour follows a highly successful, sold-out season at Hall for Cornwall, where box office records were smashed, making it the biggest selling production in Hall for Cornwall’s 25-year history. The production will also make its North American premiere in Toronto this Christmas in the Royal Alexandra Theatre.

A true story, straight from Cornwall

The show is based on the true story of the Cornish singing sensations, Fisherman’s Friends, and the hit 2019 film about their life.  When a group of Cornish fishermen came together to sing the traditional working songs they’d sung for generations, they hoped to raise a few quid for charity.  Nobody, least of all the fishermen, expected their story to end on the Pyramid stage of Glastonbury.  Packed with sea shanties, “Fisherman’s Friends is a feelgood voyage about friendship, community and music.

Featuring hit shanties made famous by the band including Keep Haulin’Nelson’s BloodNo Hopers Jokers & Rogues and many more.

Fisherman’s Friends: The Cast

James Gaddas (Casualty, Bad Girls, Coronation Street, The Girls, Billy Elliot, MAMMA MIA! – all West End) will play Jim, with Parisa Shahmir (The Snow Queen, The Last Ship, MAMMA MIA!), as his daughter Alwyn. Robert Duncan (Drop the Dead Donkey, Casualty, Twelve Angry Men West End and UK tour) will play Jago with Susan Penhaligon (Bouquet of Barbed Wire, Emmerdale, Of Mice and Men – West End) as his wife, Maggie. Anton Stephans (X Factor finalist, Blues Brothers Meet Soul Sisters, Starlight Express) will play Leadville.

Fisherman’s Friends” is directed by James Grieve and written by Amanda Whittington with choreography by Matt Cole, musical direction by James Findlay, set and costume design by Lucy Osborne, musical supervision and arrangements by David White, sound design by Dan Samson, lighting design by Johanna Town and casting by Jim Arnold. 

Zuzanna Chmielewska

Digital Marketer by profession, published travel book author, avid theatre goer and an amateur Malaysia tour guide in my free time. Find me in one of London's theatres, travelling in Asia or cooking and photographing new recipes in my kitchen. I would try anything once (at least!). My theatre blog:



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