February casting updates

Full casting has been announced for the highly anticipated return of critically acclaimed musical The Wicker Husband. Following the show’s premature closure on its original press night on 16 March 2020, Artistic Director Paul Hart, Executive Director Claire Murray and the team at Newbury’s Watermill Theatre are thrilled to welcome the creative team and cast to The Watermill for a new run of the show this March.

Joseph Alessi will play ‘Cobbler’, Gemma Sutton will play ‘Ugly Girl’, Olivier Award winner George Maguire as ‘Wicker Husband’, Angela Caesar as ‘Cobbler’s Wife’, Jonathan Charles as ‘Innkeep’, Claire-Marie Hall as ‘Innkeep’s Wife’, Jack Quarton as ‘Tailor’ and Davina Moon as ‘Tailor’s Wife’,  Julian Forsyth as ‘Old Basket Maker’ with Jon Whitten as on-stage band playing the Hammered Dulcimer, Rachel Barnes also as on-stage band, and Pat Moran as onstage Musical Director.

Nisha Anil and Sebastian Charles will be the puppeteers of The Wicker Husband, with Tom Norman as Swing.

Regan De Wynter Williams Productions is delighted to announce Sasha Regan’s all-male Gilbert & Sullivan H.M.S. Pinafore crew. The Company welcomes the return of some familiar faces as well as new shipmates…

Juan Jackson (Captain Corcoran) steers Sam Kipling (Josephine); Richard Russell Edwards (Cousin Hebe); David McKechnie (Sir Joseph Porter) and Matthew Facchino (Ensemble/cover Ralph) all return to the All-Male Company together with Tom Duern (Ensemble/cover Buttercup).

Introducing our new shipmates….

Danny Becker (Ralph Rackstraw), Scott Armstrong (Little Buttercup), Jazz Evans (Dick Deadeye), Matthew McDonald (Boatswain/Cover Captain), Zac Adlam (Dance Captain/Swing/Ensemble/Cover Boatswain), Trevor Lin (Swing/Female Ensemble), Oliver Ramsdale (Assistant Choreographer/Ensemble/Cover Dick Deadeye), Joshua Clayton (Ensemble/Cover Hebe), Patrick Cook (Ensemble/Cover Sir Joseph Porter), Gareth Evans (Ensemble/Cover Josephine) and the cast will be joined on stage by Ashley Jacobs (Musical Director). 

Casting has been announced for the theatrical premiere of The Meaning of Zong at Bristol Old Vic. Giles Terera’s debut stage play, co-directed by Terera and Tom Morris, will run at the venue from 2 – 9 April and 26 April – 7 May 2022.

This visionary play tells the true story of pioneering abolitionist Olaudah Equiano and how one man’s spirit can fundamentally change a nation. Terera plays Equiano with Paul Higgins as Granville Sharp, Bethan Mary-James as Joyi/Lord Mansfield, Alice Vilanculo as Riba and Simon Holland Roberts as Sir John Lee/Robert Stubbs/William Woodfall. Also in the cast are Kiera Lester as Ama/Gloria, Eliza Smith playing Annie Greenwood and Remi King as Arthur Pigot/Kelsall.

They are joined onstage by Composer and Musical Director Sidiki Dembele a multi-instrumentalist, originally from the Ivory Coast. The creative team is completed by Set and Costume Designer Jean Chan, Lighting Designer Zeynep Kepekli, Sound Designer and Co-Composer Dave Price, Movement Director Ingrid Mackinnon, Projection Will Duke with Tom Newell of Limbic Cinema, Assistant Director Nadia Williams and Dramatherapist Samantha Adams.

The full cast of Jeremy O Harris’ “Daddy” at the Almeida has also been announced. The cast includes: Keisha Atwell is part of the gospel choir; Rebecca Bernice Amissah is part of the gospel choir; Jabari Braham is part of the gospel choir; Katie Brayben plays Alessia; Alexander Hanson plays Andre; David Jonsson plays Franklin; Ioanna Kimbook plays Bellamy; John McCrea plays Max and Tanya Moodie plays Zora

Directed by Danya Taymor“Daddy” is an explosive and blistering Bel Air fairy tale of love and family, where intimacy is a commodity and the surreal gets real. It runs from 30 March until 9 May.

And lastly, final casting for the new London production of Arthur Laurents’ and Stephen Sondheim’s rarely produced 1964 musical Anyone Can Whistle has also been announced. A political satire about conformity and the ostracisation of those considered ‘other’ in society, ‘Anyone Can Whistle’, directed by Matthew Rankcom, will play Southwark Playhouse, 1 April – 7 May, 2022.

The cast features Alex Young as Cora Hoover Hooper, Chrystine Symone as Nurse Fay Apple, Jordan Broatch as J Bowden Hapgood, Danny Lane as Comptroller Schub, Samuel Clifford as Treasurer Cooley, Renan Teodoro as Chief of Police Magrueder, Nathan Taylor as Dr Detmold, Kathryn Akin as Mrs Schroeder, Marisha Morgan as Baby Joan, Teddy Hinde as John, Hana Ichijo as June, Shane Convery as George and Jensen Tudtud as Martin.

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