Clocking on: Declan Bennett & Bronté Barbé will lead the cast of Off-Broadway musical Striking 12 at the Union Theatre

05 Nov
Posted in: Theatre News
Author: Staff

Joining Declan and Bronté in the cast for Striking 12, written by Tony Award-winning Rachel Sheinkin and musical duo Brendan Milburn and Valerie Vigoda, will be Danielle Kassaraté, Kate Robson-Stuart and Leon Scott. Is it a date in your diary?

Oliver Kaderbhai directs Declan Bennett (Brendan), Bronté Barbé (The Match Girl), Danielle Kassaraté (Narrator), with Kate Robson-Stuart and Leon Scott completing the cast. Inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Match GirlStriking 12 will open at the Union Theatre on 3 December 2018, with previews from 28 November and runs until 23 December.

It’s New Year’s Eve and Brendan is done. His fiancée has left him, he’s going to lose his job and his boss is making him work late. The last thing he wants to do is celebrate. A chance encounter with a lightbulb seller changes everything.

Director Oliver Kaderbhai said today:

Striking 12 feels like the perfect Christmas show. It’s brilliantly witty and beautifully poignant with songs that evoke those classic American Christmas movies. We’ve got an incredible cast who’ll be providing the music too, and I’m extremely excited to see what we build in rehearsals together. Let’s see if we can capture just some of the essence of this magical season to present to our audiences each night, and make those dark winter nights a little brighter.”


Bronté Barbé plays The Little Match Girl. Her theatre credits include Beautiful (Aldwych Theatre), The Wild Party (The Other Palace), The Donkey Show (Proud London), Shrek the Musical, Momentous Musicals (UK tours), Carnival of the Animals (Riverside Studios) and Hairspray (International tour).

Declan Bennett plays Brendan. His theatre credits include Jesus Christ Superstar (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), Kiss of the Spider Woman (Menier Chocolate Factory), Once (Phoenix Theatre), American Idiot (St. James Theatre, Broadway/Berkeley Rep), Rent (Nederlander Theatre/ US tour), Taboo (The Venue/UK tour), It’s a Lovely Day Tomorrow and Our Day Out (Belgrade Theatre).

Danielle Kassaraté plays Narrator. Her theatre credits include Wildfire (Hampstead Theatre), Blues and Soul (European tour), Dusty (Charing Cross Theatre), Little Shop of Horrors (Theatr Clwyd), The Curious Incident of The Dog in the Night-Time (Gielgud Theatre/international tour) and Guys and Dolls (Royal Exchange Theatre).

Kate Robson-Stuart is part of the ensemble. Her theatre credits include Once (New Wolsey Theatre/Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch), Crazy For You, Strictly Confidential, Chess (UK tours), Ragtime (Charing Cross Theatre), Untold Stories (The Watermill Theatre), The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe (Sherman Theatre), Much Ado About Nothing (Stafford Gatehouse Theatre), Betty Blue Eyes (West Yorkshire Playhouse/UK tour), Little Voice, Love, Lies and Lust, Satin & Steel, Can't Pay Won't Pay, The Merchant of Venice, Peter Pan (Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch) and The Pajama Game (Union Theatre).

Leon Scott is part of the ensemble. His theatre credits include Romeo and Juliet, Othello (Shakespeare’s Globe), A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Much Ado About Nothing, Hercules, Cyrano de Bergerac (Chester Performs), Richard III (Southwark Playhouse), Unmythable, Norsesome (St James’ Theatre/UK tour), Midnight, Honk! (Union Theatre), The Wind in the Willows, Angus Thongs and Even More Snogging (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Sleeping Booty (Leicester Square Theatre) and Bicycle Boy (Oxford Playhouse).