Joel Harper-Jackson replaces Taron Egerton in West End revival of Cock

Last Updated on 2 April 2022 by Showcall Editorial Team

Joel Harper-Jackson is taking over from Taron Egerton in Mike Bartlett’s Cock at the Ambassadors Theatre in London. Tickets on sale now

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Jonathan Bailey and Joel Harper-Jackson at curtain call for Cock at the Ambassadors Theatre. Photo: Craig Sugden

Joel Harper-Jackson has taken over the role of M in the West End revival of Mike Bartlett’s play Cock until the end of the run after the departure of Taron Egerton.

As understudy, he has already been covering the role for the past 10 days while Egerton was off after testing positive for Covid-19.

It was announced today that Egerton, who stars alongside Jonathan Bailey, Jade Anouka and Phil Daniels, has left the production “due to personal reasons”.

Director Marianne Elliott said: “Joel is an absolute hero. He is a brilliant and gifted actor and stepped into the role at extremely short notice. Audiences have been standing and cheering and so am I.”

Bailey added: “Joel is an immense talent and we couldn’t be luckier to have him on board. I am proud to continue sharing the stage with him.”

Harper-Jackson’s theatre credits include the lead role of Charlie Price in the UK tour of Kinky Boots, the UK tour of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Jesus Christ Superstar at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre in London, Beautiful – The Carole King Musical at London’s Aldwych Theatre and Che in Evita at the Ljubljana Festival in Slovenia. He will appear in Matthew Warchus’ film adaptation of Matilda for Netflix, due for release in December 2022.

Cock, which is produced by Elliott & Harper Productions, is running at the Ambassadors Theatre in London until Saturday 4 June 2022.

The understudies are Dominic Holmes (John and M), Jessica Whitehurst (W) and John Vernon (F).

Tickets are on sale now.

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