42nd Street (1991) Ensemble

Between receiving his Equity card in 1989 and his first television role as ‘Man in Pub’ in Boon in 1992, Richard performed as a member of the chorus in several West End musical productions, including 42nd Street.

42nd Street follows the story of the hopeful and naïve actress, Peggy Sawyer, looking for work on Depression Broadway. It is based on the 1933 musical of the same name. It was first performed in 1980 when it won several Tony Awards, including one for Best Musical, and Drama Desk awards. It has been revived many times since then. The 1984 London production won the Laurence Olivier and Evening Standard Awards for Best Musical. The book was written by Michael Stewart and Mark Bramble, music by Harry Warren and lyrics by Al Dubin. Songs from the musical include ‘You’re Getting to be a Habit With Me’, ‘Lullaby of Broadway’, ‘I Only Have Eyes for You’ and ’42nd Street’.

Richard Armitage performed as part of the Ensemble for the 1991 production, staged at the Dominion Theatre in London.

A larger photo of Richard can be found here in the RAC Library. And the full cast list from the 1991 Dominion Theatre production can be found at the RAC Library.



Production details

Our thanks to Rob Wilton Theatricalia for a copy of this program.

Principal Cast                                                               Executive Producer
Jenna Ward – Peggy Sawyer                                         Adrian Leggett
Kenneth Nelson – Julian Marsh
Richard Cuerdon – Billy Lawler                                      Director
Elaine Loudon – Dorothy Brock                                      Mark Bramble
Richard Armitage – Member of the Ensemble

Book                                 Music                          Lyrics
Michael Stewart                Hal Warren                  Al Dubin
Mark Bramble



When he was in the chorus of 42nd Street, he was so much taller than the other dancers that he had to stand right at the back and wear a specially shortened top hat. (Me a sex god? Spooks star Richard Armitage on his army of female fans, Mail Online, October 10, 2009)