Lee Mead hands the dreamcoat over to Gareth…

Gareth Gates is set to take over from Lee Mead as Joseph in February 2009.

Gareth tries on the dreamcoat for size...

Gareth tries on the dreamcoat for size...

From 9 February 2009, Gareth Gates will make his West End stage debut starring as Joseph in the smash hit production of the Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the Adelphi Theatre in London. Lee Mead leaves the show on Saturday 10 January.

Gareth Gates became Head Chorister at Bradford Cathedral when he was eleven years old, and he sang for the Queen at the age of 13.  Gareth was runner-up in the first ever Pop Idol in 2002.  He has since had four number one singles and sold 3.5 million records to date.  Earlier this year, Gareth appeared in ITV1′s Dancing on Ice and went on to participate in the Dancing on Ice UK Tour.  More recently, he performed in A Spoonful of Stiles & Drewe, a charity gala celebrating the 25-year writing partnership of George Stiles and Anthony Drewe.  Gareth is about to open in Cinderella at the Wimbledon Theatre, starring as Prince Charming opposite Joanna Page and Alistair McGowan.

Lee hands over to Gareth

Lee hands over to Gareth

Gareth says of his West End debut: “I have a lot to thank Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat for as it is the reason I first started singing, after being chosen to play the lead in a school production when I was eight years old. Ever since then it’s been a dream of mine to appear in a West End musical. I am really honoured to be appearing at the Adelphi, stepping into that famous coat and really can’t wait to get stuck in!”

With lyrics by Tim Rice and music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, this new staging of the record-breaking 1990′s London Palladium production, which was directed by Steven Pimlott, is designed by Mark Thompson and choreographed by Anthony Van Laast.  This colourful retelling of the biblical story of dreamboat Joseph and his uncanny abilities and that designer coat sings out to young and old alike, with a score which is wall-to-wall hits, including “Close Every Door” and “Any Dream Will Do”.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat opened at the Adelphi Theatre on 17 July 2007 to rave reviews and sell-out business.

Evening performances of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the Adelphi Theatre are at 7.30pm on Mondays & Wednesdays – Saturdays, 7.00pm on Tuesdays, and with matinees at 3.00pm on Wednesdays & Saturdays. Tickets are available from the Adelphi Theatre Box Office on 0870 895 5598 and on the tickets page.

Please note that in the interim period until Gareth joins the show, the role of Joseph will be played by Ricky Rojas.

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