Lara Pulver will star alongside Adrian Lester and Jason Manford in Guys and Dolls at the Royal Albert Hall

Guys and Dolls: Adrian Lester, Lara Pulver and Jason Manford star in this special performance: Getty Images
Guys and Dolls: Adrian Lester, Lara Pulver and Jason Manford star in this special performance: Getty Images

Lara Pulver says joining a star-studded cast for a special run of Guys And Dolls at the Royal Albert Hall will be a “bucket list moment”.

The Olivier award winning actress, 38, will appear as Sarah Brown alongside Adrian Lester and Jason Manford in three performances of the musical next month.

The Royal Philarmonic Orchestra will perform the music live for what is being billed as a “semi-staged concert”.

Pulver, who found fame in the BBC series Spooks and Sherlock, said she had always wanted to star in the New York tale. But she admitted that faced with the challenge of rehearsing for a major production on such a tight deadline, she was feeling daunted.

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“It’s what I do, but it doesn’t make those first-day-at-school butterflies go away,” she told the Evening Standard. “I feel like when that little bit of fear goes into my tummy, I know how much it means to me. I know how good I want it to be. It’s excitement and fear combined.

“It’s going to be a very concentrated time over two or three weeks.”

Guys And Dolls will see Pulver reprise her award-winning partnership with Stephen Mear, who choreographed the smash-hit run of Gypsy at the Savoy Theatre. Starring Imelda Staunton, it earned Pulver an Olivier for best supporting actress in a musical in 2016.

“Stephen and I wanted to work together again for a while,” she said. “I’ve always wanted to do Guys And Dolls and play Sarah Brown. When I worked with Imelda I remember her saying it was her favourite. I didn’t know whether there would be another opportunity. I feel like it’s a bit of a bucket list moment for me.”

Pulver, who is currently based in New York with her husband and fellow actor Raza Jaffrey and their young son Ozias, said the short run allowed her to “dip my toe” back into London’s theatre scene. “I’m a newish mum with an 18-month old boy so the thought of doing a really long run might be tricky at this time, because I wouldn’t get to put my son to bed and have all these magical moments I’ve been lucky to be at home for.”

It will not be the first time Pulver has performed at the Albert Hall. She appeared there as a teenager as a member of the National Youth Music Theatre for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s 50th birthday concert. “I was there for a fleeting moment and now I get to go back with this,” she said.

Stephen Mangan, star of Green Wing and Alan Partridge, has been cast as the narrator.

Guys And Dolls is at the Royal Albert Hall, October 19 and 20, buy tickets here.