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Further Casting for The Prince of Egypt

Clockwise from top left -Joe Dixon, Debbie Kurup, Gary Wilmot, Silas Wyatt-Barke, Tanisha Spring & Adam Pearce
Clockwise from top left -Joe Dixon, Debbie Kurup, Gary Wilmot, Silas Wyatt-Barke, Tanisha Spring & Adam Pearce

Clockwise from top left -Joe Dixon, Debbie Kurup, Gary Wilmot, Silas Wyatt-Barke, Tanisha Spring & Adam Pearce

THE PRINCE OF EGYPT, the brand-new stage musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Godspell), a book by Philip LaZebnik(MulanPocahontas) and based on the celebrated DreamWorks Animation film, today announced further casting for its West End premiere production.  Joe Dixon (Seti), Debbie Kurup (Queen Tuya), Gary Wilmot (Jethro), Adam Pearce (Hotep), Tanisha Spring (Nefertari) and Silas Wyatt-Barke(Aaron) join the previously announced Luke Brady (Moses), Liam Tamne (Ramses), Christine Allado (Tzipporah) and Alexia Khadime (Miriam). Further casting to be announced.

Joe Dixon (Seti) is an Associate Artist of the RSC where his leading roles have included: ‘Catiline’ and ‘Antony’ in Imperium I & II; ‘Caliban’ in The Tempest with Simon Russell Beale; ‘Tu’an Gu’ in The Orphan of Zhao; ‘Afanasii Pushkin’ in Boris Godunov; ‘Achilles’ in Troilus and Cressida; ‘Bottom’ in A Midsummer Night’s Dream; ‘Armando’ in Love’s Labour’s Lost; ‘Aaron’ in Titus Andronicus; ‘Mendoza’ in The Malcontent; ‘King of Bakam’ in The Island Princess; ‘Oberon’ in A Midsummer Night’s Dream; ‘Antipholus of Syracuse’ in The Comedy of Errors and, as part of the Olivier Award-winning Jacobean Season, ‘Paris’ in The Roman Actor (Olivier Award nomination, ‘Best Performance in a Supporting Role’). His many other stage roles include: ‘Camillo’ in A Winter’s Tale (National Theatre); ‘Dionysus’ in The Bacchae (South Bank Centre) and, for Cheek By Jowl, ‘Jacques’ in As You Like It (Ian Charleson Award). His major television roles include: ‘Philip’ in A.D. Kingdom and Empire (NBC); ‘Ramos’ in Atlantis (BBC); ‘Nick’ in 32 Brinkburn Street (BBC); ‘The Chancellor’ in Doctor Who: The End of Time (BBC); ‘Robert Lloyd’ in Criminal Justice (BBC); ‘DI Simon Rush’ in Silent Witness: Suffer The Children(BBC); ‘Eylot’ in Holding On (BBC) and ‘Terry Moir’ in The Manageress (Channel 4). His also played ‘Jacques’ in the film The Mummy Returns alongside Brendan Fraser, Rachel Weisz and John Hannah.

Debbie Kurup (Queen Tuya) is currently appearing in Blues in the Night (Kiln Theatre). Her numerous leading theatre roles include: ‘Helene’ in Sweet Charity (Donmar Warehouse); ‘Mrs Neilson’ in Girl from the North Country (West End and The Old Vic); ‘Lucy Brown’ in The Threepenny Opera (National Theatre); ‘Velma Kelly’ in Chicago (West End); ‘Reno Sweeney’ in Anything Goes (Sheffield Theatres and national tour); ‘KT’ in the original West End cast of Sister Act; ‘Mimi’ in Rent (West End); ‘Carmen’ in Fame The Musical (national tour) and as ‘Nicki Marron’ in the original West End cast of The Bodyguard, for which she received Olivier, WhatsOnStage and BroadwayWorld Award nominations.

Gary Wilmot (Jethro), the much-loved actor, singer, comedian, impressionist and presenter, first came to prominence on the ITV show New Faces in 1978. Over the subsequent 40+ years, his prolific career has encompassed hundreds of television appearances, with shows including: Cue Gary!PunchlinesThe Saturday GangYou & MeSo You Want To Be Top?Copy CatsGet Fresh; Never Mind the Buzzcocks; Diamonds Are Forever: The Don Black Songbook and the spectacular Showstoppers, and multiple acclaimed stage roles, including his debut in 1989 as ‘Bill Snibson’ in Me and My Girl in the West End (and subsequently on national tour, TMA ‘Best Actor’ nomination) and his most recent show-stopping performances in Dick Whittington and Snow White at the London Palladium. His many other leading stage roles include: ‘Ali Hakin’ in Oklahoma! (national tour); ‘Caractacus Potts’ in Chitty, Chitty, Bang, Bang (London Palladium and national tour); ‘Fagin’ in the Cameron Mackintosh production of Oliver! (national tour); ‘Billy Flynn’ in Chicago (national tour); ‘Bottom’ in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and ‘Dick Deadeye’ in HMS Pinafore (both at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre) and ‘Joe’ in Carmen Jones (The Old Vic). He has appeared on the Royal Variety Show, been the subject of This Is Your Life and received an MBE in the 2018 Queen’s Birthday Honours List for services to Drama and charity. Prior to THE PRINCE OF EGYPT, Gary is making his National Theatre debut in Mr Gum and the Dancing Bear – The Musical and will return to the London Palladium to star in Goldilocks and the Three Bears.

Adam Pearce (Hotep) is currently playing ‘Augustin Magaldi’ in Evita (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), directed by Jamie Lloyd. He played ‘Max von Mayerling’ in the acclaimed national tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Sunset Boulevard, opposite Ria Jones and Danny Mac. His many West End credits include: Les MisérablesSweeney Todd (directed by Jonathan Kent); Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (with Lee Mead); Evita (directed by Michael Grandage) and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Love Never Dies. He made his National Theatre debut in The Light Princess (directed by Marianne Elliott).

Tanisha Spring (Nefertari) recently played ‘Crystal’ in Little Shop of Horrors (Storyhouse), directed by Stephen Mear. Her other credits include: Caroline, or Change (West End); Big Fish (The Other Palace); One Love – The Bob Marley Musical (Birmingham Rep); Beautiful – The Carole King Musical (West End) and the film Rocketman, directed by Dexter Fletcher.

 Silas Wyatt-Barke (Aaron) played ‘Sir Andrew Aguecheek’ in Kwame Kwei-Armah and Shaina Taub’s musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night(Young Vic). His other credits include: As You Like It (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre); Much Ado About Nothing (Rose Theatre Kingston); Alan Bennett’s Forty Years On (Chichester Festival Theatre); The Go-Between (West End); Dr Seuss’ The Lorax (The Old Vic and Royal Alexandra Theatre, Toronto) and Sunny Afternoon (West End).

THE PRINCE OF EGYPT will star Luke Brady (Moses), Liam Tamne (Ramses), Christine Allado (Tzipporah), Alexia Khadime (Miriam), Joe Dixon(Seti), Debbie Kurup (Queen Tuya), Gary Wilmot (Jethro), Adam Pearce (Hotep), Tanisha Spring (Nefertari) and Silas Wyatt-Barke (Aaron). Further casting to be announced.

THE PRINCE OF EGYPT is directed by Scott Schwartz with choreography by Sean Cheesman; set designs by Kevin Depinet; costume designs by Ann Hould-Ward; lighting design by Mike Billings; sound design by Gareth Owen; projection designs by Jon Driscoll; illusion designs by Chris Fisher; orchestrations by August Eriksmoen; musical supervision and arrangements by Dominick Amendum; musical direction by Dave Rose and casting by Jim Arnold CDG.

Performances begin at London’s Dominion Theatre on Wednesday 5 February 2020, with an official West End premiere on Tuesday 25 February 2020, for a limited 32-week engagement. Tickets are now available via www.ThePrinceofEgyptMusical.com

THE PRINCE OF EGYPT has music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and a book by Philip LaZebnik and features 10 new songs written by Stephen Schwartz, together with 5 of his acclaimed songs from the DreamWorks Animation film, including Deliver UsAll I Ever WantedThrough Heaven’s Eyesand the Academy Award®-winning When You Believe.

 Journey through the wonders of Ancient Egypt as two young men, raised together as brothers in a kingdom of privilege, find themselves suddenly divided by a secret past. One must rule as Pharaoh, the other must rise up and free his true people; both face a destiny that will change history forever.

 A milestone in cinematic achievement, DreamWorks’ The Prince of Egypt captivated audiences across the world and recently celebrated its 20thAnniversary. Hailed as “an outstanding artistic achievement” (Variety) and “a stunning film” (The Guardian), it remains one of the most beloved and acclaimed animated feature films of all time.

The Academy Award®-winning song When You Believe, recorded by Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey in 1998, went on to become a global hit. In 2007, Simon Cowell selected it as the winner’s single for the UK’s popular TV show The X-Factor, spending three weeks at the top of the UK charts.

Developmental productions of THE PRINCE OF EGYPT were presented at TheatreWorks Silicon Valley (winner of the 2019 Regional Theatre Tony Award®) and Fredericia Teater Denmark.

The West End premiere production of THE PRINCE OF EGYPT is produced by DreamWorks Theatricals (a division of Universal Theatrical Group), Michael McCabe and Neil Laidlaw.

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Full Company announced for Blues In The Night

Blues in the Night

As rehearsals begin for Blues in Night, Artistic Director of Kiln Theatre, Indhu Rubasingham announced the full company. Joining the previously announced Sharon D Clarke (The Lady), Debbie Kurup (The Woman), Clive Rowe (The Man) and Gemma Sutton (The Girl) are Aston New (The Hustler) and Joseph Poulton (The Barman) to complete the company for the first major London revival in 30 years. Susie McKenna’s production opens on 24 July, with previews from 18 July, and runs until 7 September.

 ‘A man is a two-face, a worrisome thing

Who’ll leave you to sing, the blues in the night.’

Chicago 1939. One man, three women, their lives, memories and the sweet music that gets them through the night.

The Olivier and Tony Award nominated musical is a scorching compilation of 26 hot and torchy blues numbers that frame the lives and loves of four residents of a downtown hotel. Featuring soul-filled songs by blues and jazz icons Bessie Smith, Duke Ellington, Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen and many more, this will be a sizzling night to remember.

GALA PERFORMANCE

5 September 2019, 7pm

To celebrate a year to the day since the Kiln Theatre came into being, the company are hosting a Gala Performance of Blues in the Night on 5 September 2019, 7pm.

Every ticket includes a glass of sparkling wine or a specially conceived Blues in the Night cocktail upon arrival, plus a signed programme. All proceeds from the evening are in aid of Kiln Theatre.

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KILN SEASON AT A GLANCE

WIFE

Until 6 July

Audio Described: 4 July

 

BLUES IN THE NIGHT

18 July – 7 September 2019

Press night: 24 July at 7pm

Captioned performance: 22 August

Audio Described performance: 8 August

A FRIENDLY SOCIETY (WORKING TITLE)

26 – 29 September 2019

 

WHEN THE CROWS VISIT

23 October – 30 November 2019

Press night: 29 October at 7pm

Captioned performance: 21 November

Audio Described performance: 14 November

SNOWFLAKE

10 December 2019 – 18 January 2020

Press night: 16 December at 7pm

For full schedule over Christmas, please see the website

Captioned performance: 9 January

Audio Described performance: 14 January

Priority Booking onsale: 24 June 10am

Public Booking onsale: 25 June 10a

 

Full cast announced for Blues In The Night

Kiln Theatre

With the critically acclaimed The Son currently running at Kiln Theatre, and with Inua Ellams’ The Half God of Rainfall in rehearsals, Artistic Director Indhu Rubasingham today announced the full cast for Blues in the Night – Susie McKenna directs Sharon D Clarke (The Lady), Debbie Kurup(The Woman), Clive Rowe (The Man) and Gemma Sutton (The Girl) the first major London revival in 30 years. The production opens on 24 July, with previews from 18 July, and runs until 7 September.

 ‘A man is a two-face, a worrisome thing

Who’ll leave you to sing, the blues in the night.’

Chicago 1939. One man, three women, their lives, memories and the sweet music that gets them through the night.

The Olivier and Tony Award nominated musical is a scorching compilation of 26 hot and torchy blues numbers that frame the lives and loves of four residents of a downtown hotel. Featuring soul-filled songs by blues and jazz icons Bessie Smith, Duke Ellington, Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen and many more, this will be a sizzling night to remember.

Sharon D Clarke returns to Kiln Theatre to play The Lady – she previously appeared in The Wolf in Snakeskin Shoes. Her theatre work includes:Death of a Salesman (Young Vic), Caroline, or Change (Chichester Festival Theatre, Hampstead Theatre, Playhouse Theatre), The Life (Southwark Playhouse), Sleeping Beauty,  Vagina Monologues, Sleeping Beauty, Mother Goose, Puss in Boots Cinderella (Hackney Empire), Pigs and Dogs(Royal Court Theatre), Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, An Oak Tree, Everyman, Amen Corner, Guys and Dolls (National Theatre), Romeo & Julie (Rose Theatre Kingston), Porgy & Bess (Regent’s Park Open Air), Ghost, Hairspray, Vagina Monologues, Chicago, We Will Rock You, Disney’s The Lion King, Fame, Rent and Mama I Want to Sing (West End). Her television work includes Holby City – as series regular Lola Griffin, Informer, Doctor Who, The Forge, Unforgotten, Death in Paradise, New Tricks, Psychobitches and The Shadow Line; and for film, Untitled Girls Film, Rocketman, Tau, Sugarhouse, Secret Society, Beautiful People, Broken Glass and Tumble Down.

 Debbie Kurup returns to Kiln Theatre to play The Woman – she previously appeared in Poison. Her theatre work includes Sweet Charity (Donmar Warehouse), Girl From The North Country (The Old Vic/ Noël Coward Theatre), The Threepenny Opera (National Theatre), Anything Goes (Sheffield Theatres/UK Tour), The Bodyguard (Olivier Award nomination for Best Performance in a Supporting Role in a Musical – Adelphi Theatre), Chicago(Cambridge Theatre/ Adelphi Theatre), Sister Act (London Palladium), West Side Story (Prince of Wales Theatre), Tonight’s The Night (Victoria Palace), Rent (Prince of Wales Theatre/UK tour), Fame (UK tour) and Guys and Dolls (Sheffield Theatres). Her film work includes The Two Wolves, Hollow, Making of a Musical – West Side Story and 28 Weeks Later.

Clive Rowe plays The Man. His theatre work includes The Wind in The Willows (UK tour), Guys and Dolls (Royal Albert Hall), Me and My Girl(Chichester Festival Theatre), Jack and the Beanstalk (Wimbledon Theatre), The Light Princess (National Theatre), The Hothouse (Trafalgar Studios),The Ladykillers (West End and UK tour), Kiss Me Kate (Chichester Festival Theatre/The Old Vic), No Naughty Bits (Hampstead Theatre), The Wiz (Birmingham Rep/West Yorkshire Playhouse), Company (Donmar Warehouse), The Fantastics (Duchess Theatre); Twelfth Night, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Trolius and Cressida (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), Chicago (Adelphi Theatre), As You Like It (Wyndham’s Theatre), Simply Heavenly (Young Vic/Trafalgar Studio); and for the National Theatre, The Light Princess,  Carousel, Fuente Ovejuna, Caroline or Change, The Villains’ Opera, Money, Candide, Peter Pan, Guys and Dolls, Trackers (Olivier Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Musical for Guys and Dolls and Olivier Award nomination for Best Supporting Performance in Carousel). Rowe has returned to the Hackney Empire on numerous occasions to play The Dame in their Christmas pantomime for which he was nominated for an Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre forMother Goose. For television, his work includes Will, So Awkward, Evermoor, The Kennedys, The Fun Police, All the Small Things, Doctor Who, Networked, Bloodrights, Say it with Music, American Voices, Paper Mask, After the War, Snakes and Ladders and Entertaining Angels Aware; and for film, Beauty and the Beast, Manderlay and Crime Strike.

Gemma Sutton plays The Girl. Her theatre work includes Follies (National Theatre), Sweet Charity (The Watermill Theatre), The Rink (Offie Award for Female Performance in a Musical – Southwark Playhouse), A Christmas Carol the Musical (LMTO), Strictly Ballroom (West Yorkshire Playhouse/ Royal Alexandra Theatre, Toronto), The Go Between (Apollo Theatre), Gypsy (Chichester Festival Theatre/Savoy Theatre), Carousel (Arcola Theatre),Chicago (Leicester Curve)Drunk (Leicester Curve/The Bridewell), Hairspray (UK tour), Me and My Girl (Kilworth House), Legally Blonde – The Musical (Savoy Theatre), Gone with the WindImagine This (New London Theatre), A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Macbeth, Lady Be GoodThe Boy Friend (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre) and Children Will Listen (Theatre Royal Drury Lane). For television, her work includes West Side Stories, Gypsy: Live at the Savoy Theatre and Cilla.

Susie McKenna directs. She is currently Creative Executive Producer at Hackney Empire with the remit to develop new musical theatre for the venue – having left her role as Creative Director in January 2017. Her credits for Hackney Empire include CinderellaRudy’s Rare Records, , Beau Jest, Sit and ShiverKat and Tameka Show, La Variété, Sing Out, Alter Ego, Once on this Island and Ha Ha Hackney. Other credits include Oranges and Elephants (Hoxton Hall), A Midsummer Night’s Madness (National Black Theatre of Harlem, Hackney Empire Edinburgh Festival), A Christmas Carol (Arts Theatre London) and The Silver Sword (Coventry Belgrade Theatre, UK tour). Acting credits for theatre include Cats (Ambassadors Theatre), Ragtime (Piccadilly Theatre), Chicago (Cambridge Theatre), The Witches of Eastwick (Theatre Royal Drury Lane), Hair, The Rocky Horror Show, Jesus Christ Superstar and In The Midnight Hour (UK tour). For film her credits include Jack and Sarah.

KILN SEASON AT A GLANCE

THE SON

Until 6 April

 

THE HALF GOD OF RAINFALL

25 April – 17 May

Press night: 30 April at 7pm

Audio Described: 16 May

Captioned: 9 May

 

WIFE

30 May – 6 July

Press night: 4 June at 7pm

Audio Described: 4 July

Captioned: 20 June

 

BLUES IN THE NIGHT

18 July – 7 September 2019

Press night: 24 July

Audio Described: 8 August

Captioned: 22 August

A FRIENDLY SOCIETY (WORKING TITLE)

26 – 29 September 2019

 

WHEN THE CROWS VISIT

23 October – 30 November 2019

Press night: 29 October

Audio Described: 14 November

Captioned: 21 November

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