Adrian Zmed and John Partridge star in La Cage aux Folles at New Wimbledon Theatre

The much loved musical La Cage aux Folles starring John Partridge and Adrian Zmed comes to New Wimbledon Theatre next week as part of its first nationwide tour.

Partridge will play the iconic role of Albin, who moonlights as star drag act Zaza at the infamous La Cage aux Folles nightclub.

Partridge’s extensive theatre credits include the West End productions of A Chorus Line at the London Palladium, Cats, Starlight Express and Chicago. He is also well known for playing the loveable Christian Clarke in BBC’s EastEnders and as a judge on TV’s Over The Rainbow.

Zmed will play Georges, partner of Albin and owner of the nightclub.

He co-starred with William Shatner as Officer Vince Romano in the 70’s hit TV show TJ Hooker, which ran for 90 episodes over five years, and for playing Johnny Nogerelli in the cult classic film Grease 2.

This will be his first stage appearance in the UK although he is no stranger to Broadway musicals having previously led the casts of Grease, no fewer than three times, Falsettos and Blood Brothers.

Written by Harvey Fierstein and Jerry Herman, and based on the 1973 French play of the same name by Jean Poiret, La Cage aux Folles follows the story of Georges, the manager of a Saint Tropez nightclub, and his partner, Albin, a drag artiste and the club’s star attraction.

They live an idyllic existence in the south of France but behind the curtains of this sparkling extravaganza, all may be about to change when Georges’ son Jean-Michel announces his engagement to the daughter of a notorious right-wing politician determined to close down the local colourful night-life.

Drama and hilarity ensue when a meeting of the parents forces them to cover up their vibrant lifestyle. Will Albin be able to play the role of his life to ensure that Jean-Michel can marry his love?

La Cage aux Folles is a multi-award winning musical.

The original Broadway production became an instant smash hit when it opened in 1983.

It received nine nominations for Tony Awards and won six, including Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book.

La Cage aux Folles, New Wimbledon Theatre, 93 The Broadway, SW19 1QG, March 14–18. Call 0844 8717615 or visit atgtickets.com/new-wimbledon-theatre for more information.

Richmond and Twickenham Times | Theatre