(from The Stage)

David Hunter, a finalist in ITV’s Superstar series, is to lead the cast of the West End musical Once from May 12.

Hunter, who joined the production to understudy the role of Guy in July last year, will be joined by Jill Winternitz. She will play Girl, replacing Zrinka Cvitesic, who has been with the musical since it opened. Winternitz’s credits include playing Baby in the West End production of Dirty Dancing.

Hunter, whose credits include One Man, Two Guvnors and Seussical, replaces Arthur Darvill, who joined the show in March, having played the role on Broadway.

Directed by John Tiffany, the West End production of Once opened in April 2013 and is currently booking at the Phoenix Theatre to July 4, 2015.

From May 12 Hunter and Winternitz are joined by Fiona Bruce, Jamie Cameron, Mark Carlisle, Matthew Ganley, Mathew Hamper, Daniel Healy, Loren O’Dair, Miria Parvin, Tim Prottey-Jones and Jez Unwin.