Young Sheffield actors hope for great things from musical that launched Twiggy

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HE launched the Broadway career of Julie Andrews and transformed Twiggy from a model into a movie star… so what will The Boy Friend do for Sheffield actress Kate Mitchell?

Kate plays the leading lady in Woodseats Musical Theatre Company’s revival of classic musical comedy The Boy Friend, which comes to Dronfield this month.

It’s the company’s first full scale show for seven years and director Mary Newey has lined up a host of exciting new talent for the story of romantic confusion on the 1920s French Riviera.

“We did our last full production at the Lyceum in 2005 but we were determined that we would eventually get back on stage again and here we are with a marvellous cast of outstanding young actors – and some familiar older faces,” said Mary.

“It’s a first starring role for Kate, who plays Polly, and for Adam Walker, who plays her mystery boyfriend, and they’re both doing a fantastic job.”

The Boy Friend was a Broadway hit for the young Julie Andrews and also launched the acting career of Twiggy when she starred in the 1971 film version. A pastiche of 1920s musical comedies, it features a classic melodies including Room in Bloomsbury, I Could Be Happy With You, Won’t You Charleston with Me? and The Riviera.

“It’s fun, it’s frothy and it’s going to be fantastic,” said Mary. “And with a cast as talented as this, we’re confident Woodseats Musical Theatre Company is back for good!”

The Boyfriend runs at Dronfield Civic Theatre from June 20 to 23. For tickets call 01246 290 499 or email: or visit