Cast announced for Dr. Seuss's The Lorax

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Casting was announced today for David Greigs adaptation of Dr. Seusss The Lorax, directed by Max Webster.

Inspired by Dr. Seusss classic tale, Dr. Seusss The Lorax tells of a moustachioed and cantankerous critter whos on a mission to protect the earth from the greedy, tree-chopping, Thneed-knitting businessman known only as the Once-ler.

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Simon Lipkin (above, left) will play the Lorax. Simon trained at the Sylvia Young Theatre School and then at the Arts Educational. His past theatre credits include The Proprietor in Assassins (Menier Chocolate Factory), Touchstone in As You Like It (Southwark Playhouse), Barlow in I Cant Sing (London Palladium), Lonny in Rock Of Ages (Original West End cast), Galahad in Spamalot (Original UK and International Tour), Nicky and Trekkie Monster in Avenue Q (Original West End cast), I Love You, Youre Perfect, Now Change (Arts Theatre), The Wedding Singer (Original UK cast); Willard in Footloose (UK Tour); A Christmas Carol (West End); Pharaoh in Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (West End), Alice In Wonderland (Nuffield Theatre), Austentatious (Landor Theatre), News Revue (Canal Caf) and Leopold in Never The Sinner (Kenneth Moore Theatre). TV and film credits include Doctor Who, The Bill, Casualty, The Royal Variety Performance, Children In Need, Muppets Most Wanted (Disney), The Harry Hill Movie, That Puppet Game Show and Nativity 3. He also voices characters on the Cartoon Network show The Amazing World of Gumball.

Simon Paisley Day (above, right) is a British screen and stage actor and will play the Once-ler. Simon has an extensive list of film and television credits including Tommys Honor, The Falling, Pudsey: The Movie, Family Tree, Dr. Who (Series 9), The Musketeers, Sherlock Hound of the Baskervilles, Doc Martin (Series 5), Hustle, Being Human, Midsomer Murders, The Belsen Redeption, The Bill, The Catherine Tate Show and portraying Sir Cosmo Duff Gordon in the ITV mini-series, Titanic. On stage, Simons theatrical credits include Urinetown, The Taming of the Shrew, Timon of Athens (Shakespeares Globe), The Low Road (ETT / Royal Court), Twelfth Night (National Theatre), Private Lives (Theatre Royal Both), The Ugly One (Royal Court Theatre), Dont Look Now (Sheffield Theatre / Lyric Hammersmith), The 39 Steps (Fiery Angel), The Philanthropist (Donmar Warehouse), Cymbeline, Twelfth Night (Regents Park Open Air Theatre), Anything Goes (Theatre Royal Drury Lane), Loves Labours Lost, Anything Goes, The Coast of Utopia, Hamlet, Candide, Money and Oh What a Lovely War (National Theatre). Simon has also published two plays: Spike at Southamptons Nuffield Theatre in 2001, and Raving at Hampstead Theatre in 2013, which starred Robert Webb and Tamzin Outhwaite.

Full cast includes: Stuart Angell, Thomas Arnold, Miles Barrow, Jack Beale, Laura Cubitt, Caleb Frederick, Emily Houghton, Richard Katz, Anabel Kutay, Penny Layden, Melanie La Barrie, Carly Mercedes Dyer, Ebony Molina, Ben Thompson, Juma Sharkah, Silas Wyatt-Barke, Joe Evans and Jo Nichols.

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