Some September casting news

Dana Al Fardan, one of the Middle East’s leading contemporary composers, and West End star Nadim Naaman today announce that their second major stage musical, Rumi: The Musical will get its world premiere as a semi-staged concert at the London Coliseum on November 23rd & 24th 2021.

Rumi, based on a story about the 13th century philosopher and poet Rumi by Evren Sharma, follows Al Fardan and Naaman’s 2018 debut Broken Wings, which premiered in the West End at the Theatre Royal Haymarket before touring the Middle East.

Led by Ramin Karimloo (as Shams Tabrizi) and Nadim Naaman (Rumi), Casey Al-Shaqsy (Kimya), Soophia Foroughi (Kara), the London Coliseum cast will comprise entirely of performers of Middle Eastern, North African and South Asian heritage, and will also feature a 25+ piece orchestra, conducted by Joe Davison.

Tickets will go on sale on Tuesday 14 September via the London Coliseum website


10 to 4 Productions is delighted to announce that Lizzy Connolly has been cast the role of Rebecca in the world premiere of Indecent Proposal at Southwark Playhouse this October. Lizzy will be joining Norman Bowman as Jonny; Jacqui Dankworth as Annie and Ako Mitchell as the wealthy stranger Larry Harris. Eve de Leon Allen joins the cast in the supporting role of Heidi.

Directed by Charlotte Westenra, book and lyrics by Michael Conley with music by Dylan Schlosberg – produced by Neil Marcus for 10 to 4 Productions; this musical brings a story to stage that, over 30 years after the book was published, is perhaps all the more painfully relevant today.


The full company has been announced for the world premiere of Suhayla El-Bushra’s adaptation of The Long Song by Andrea Levy, which follows South Pacific into the Festival Theatre from 1 – 23 October, directed by Charlotte Gwinner.

Tara Tijani makes her professional debut as July; Llewella Gideon plays Old July, and Olivia Poulet plays Caroline Mortimer. The company also includes Ben Adams (as Tam Dewar/Charles Wyndham), Cecilia Appiah (Miss Clara), Andrew Bridgmont (John Howarth/Baptist Minister), Leonard Buckley (Robert Goodwin), Pérola Congo (Miss Bessie/Molly), Miranda Foster (Elizabeth Wyndham), Trevor Laird (Dublin/Godfrey), Syrus Lowe (Thomas/Nimrod), Chris Machari (Cornet/Musician), Mohammed Mansaray (Boy/Ezra), Rebecca Omogbehin (Kitty) and Carol Walton (Miss Rose).

July is born into slavery in Jamaica and is brutally parted from both her mother, and her name. But what she retains is resilience, charisma and a subversive, spirited wit. This ebullient and life-affirming play finds humanity, resistance and hope in the darkest of times. 


The full company for the forthcoming West End revival of Cabaret has been revealed with Anna-Jane Casey, Stewart Clarke, Omari Douglas, Elliot Levey and Liza Sadovy joining the already announced Jessie Buckley and Eddie Redmayne at the Kit Kat Club, the redesigned and extortionately priced Playhouse Theatre.

The production will be directed by Rebecca Frecknall, with set and costumes by Tom Scutt, choreography by Julia Cheng, lighting by Isabella Byrd, sound by Nick Lidster and musical supervision and direction by Jennifer Whyte. The full company includes Josh Andrews, Emily Benjamin, Sally Frith, Matthew Gent, Emma Louise Jones, Ela Lisondra, Theo Maddix, Chris O’Mara, Daniel Perry, Andre Refig, Christopher Tendai, Bethany Terry, Lillie-Pearl Wildman and Sophie Maria Wojna.

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