Stars of stage and screen line up for Nativity!

A film star, soap actors and a well-known comedian will appear in the tour of Nativity! The Musical, alongside Simon Lipkin who returns in the lead role of Mr Poppy.

Danny Dyer, who is currently playing the role of Mick Carter in EastEnders, will be starring as the Hollywood Producer in the London run of the production at the Eventim Apollo (December 19-31).

Comedian Jo Brand will star as The Critic in the show’s London run as well as its stint at the Festival Theatre in Edinburgh (November 28-December 2).

Dyer is sharing the role of the Hollywood Producer with fellow EastEnders actors Charlie Brooks and Jake Wood, who are best known for playing the roles of Janine Butcher and Max Branning respectively in the soap.

Adam Thomas, who has starred in Emmerdale as Adam Barton since 2009, will also share the role of the Hollywood producer.

Thomas will star in the musical in Liverpool (October 31-November 4) and Stoke (December 5-8); Brooks in Nottingham (November 21-25) and Wood in Oxford (December 11-15).

Lipkin, whose credits include Guys and Dolls and Rock of Ages, will play the role of Mr Poppy for the entire run, which opens at the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry on October 23 and finishes at the Eventim Apollo in London on December 31. He also stars in Nativity Rocks, the fourth film in the Nativity series which will be released in November.

The comedy musical tells the story of children at St Bernadette’s School who decide to put on a musical version of the nativity.

Following its opening night in Coventry on October 23, Nativity! then heads to Liverpool, Glasgow, Milton Keynes, Nottingham, Edinburgh, Stoke, Oxford and London.

Photo by Simon Turtle.