Full Cast Announced for NEWSIES at Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre

Bronté Barbé and Michael Ahomka-Lindsay as Katherine Plumber and Jack Kelly in Newsies, credit Seamus Ryan

The producers of Disney’s NEWSIES, the award-winning Broadway musical with music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Jack Feldman and book by Harvey Fierstein, are delighted to announce that Michael Ahomka-Lindsay (Emmett in Legally Blonde at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre for which he has received a 2022 Black British Theatre Award nomination) and Bronté Barbé (Oklahoma Chichester Festival Theatre, Beautiful UK Tour) will star as Jack Kelly and Katherine Plumber respectively in the UK premiere, opening at London’s Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre on Thursday 8 December 2022 for a strictly limited season, following previews from 29 November.  All preview tickets are priced at £30.

The full cast of NEWSIES includes Michael Ahomka-Lindsay as Jack Kelly, Moya Angela as Medda Larkin, Lindsay Atherton as Ensemble, Samuel Bailey as Specs, Imogen Bailey as Swing, Bronté Barbé as Katherine Plumber, Josh Barnett, as Race, Cameron Blakely as Joseph Pulitzer, Jack Bromage as Tommy Boy, Bobbie Chambers as Ensemble, Alex Christian as Buttons, Arcangelo Ciulla as Ike, George Crawford as Morris Delancey, Ross Dawes as Snyder, Joshua Denyer as Mush, Ross Dorrington as Splasher, Matthew Duckett as Crutchie, Kamilla Fernandes as Ensemble, Jacob Fisher as Albert, Jamie Golding as Wiesel, Damon Gould as Finch, Zack Guest as Swing, Jordan Isaac as Swing, Alex James-Hatton as Oscar Delancey, Clarice Julianda as Ensemble, Barry Keenan as Nunzio, Ryan Kopel as Davey, Sion Lloyd as Bunsen George Michaelides as Romeo, Mukeni Nel as Jo Jo, Joshua Nkemdilim as Elmer, Mark Samaras as Mike, Bradley Trevethan as Swing, Matt Trevorrow as Henryand Lillie-Pearl Wildman as Ensemble.

The role of Les will be played by Nesim Adnan, Haydn Court, Oliver Gordon and Ethan Sokontwe.

Based on a true story, NEWSIES is set in New York City at the turn of the 20th century. It’s the rousing tale of a ragged band of teenage newspaper sellers, who dream of a better life far from the hardship of the streets. After newspaper magnate Joseph Pulitzer hikes up the prices for his papers charged to the newsies, Jack Kelly rallies his fellow newsies in an attempt to protest the change, falling in love with young reporter Katherine along the way. These young newsies from across the city come together and rise up against the exploitation of wealthy publishing tycoons and fight for justice using the only power they have – solidarity. 

The original production of NEWSIES opened on Broadway in 2012 and was slated to play only 100 performances but went on to play over 1,000 performances before touring and winning two Tony Awards®, including Best Original Score. The original production was filmed live on stage and released in cinemas in 2017.

Now for the very first time, audiences in the UK have a chance to enjoy the thrill of one of the biggest Broadway hits of recent years. In an innovative and brand new production at Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre, theatregoers will be thrust right inside the action as the newsies dance, sing, jump and fly around the streets of a booming 19th century New York City. 

NEWSIES will be Directed and Choreographed by Olivier nominee Matt Cole, with Set Design by Morgan Large, Musical Supervision, Dance Arrangements & Musical Direction by Nigel Lilley, Costumes by Natalie Pryce, Lighting by Mark Henderson, Sound by Tony Gayle, Orchestrations by Simon Hale, Performer Flying by John Maddox for Suspended Illusions Ltd, Casting by Lucy Casson, Children’s Casting by Jo Hawes,  Fight Directors Rachel Bown-Williams & Ruth Cooper-Brown for RC Annie, Associate Director Rachael Nanyonjo, Associate Choreographer Jane McMurtrie, Associate Musical Director Chris Ma and Production Management by Lee Batty and Andy Fox for Setting Line.

NEWSIES is produced by Tristan Baker & Charlie Parsons for Runaway Entertainment, Gavin Kalin, Hunter Arnold, Kater Gordon and Dianne Roberts, by permission of Disney Theatrical Productions.


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Disney’s NEWSIES

Strictly Limited Season from 29 November 2022

Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre

3 Fulton Rd

Wembley Park

London HA9 0SP

Performances: Wednesday-Saturday at 7.30pm, Thursday & Saturday at 2.30pm, Sunday at 1pm & 5:30pm*

*no 2.30pm matinee 1 & 8 December, no performance 4 & 9 December, extra 7.30pm performances 5 & 13 December 2022

Christmas 2022/23 Performance Schedule

Monday 19 December                NO PERFORMANCE

Tuesday 20 December               7.30pm 

Wednesday 21 December          2.30pm & 7.30pm 

Thursday 22 December              7.30pm 

Friday 23 December                   2.30pm & 7.30pm 

Saturday 24 December              2.30pm & 7.30pm 

Sunday 25 December                NO PERFORMANCE 

Monday 26 December                NO PERFORMANCE

Tuesday 27 December               7.30pm

Wednesday 28 December          2.30pm & 7.30pm 

Thursday 29 December              7.30pm 

Friday 30 December                   2.30pm & 7.30pm 

Saturday 31 December              2.30pm 

Sunday 1 January                      NO PERFORMANCE 

Troubadour Theatres launch two new London Venues in Wembley Park and White City Place this July

Left Tristan Baker and right Oliver Royds at Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre, photo by David Jensen
  • Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre to launch this July with the Jurassic family adventure Dinosaur World Live, followed by Soul of Shaolin and the acclaimed National Theatre production of War Horse later this year.
  • Troubadour White City Theatre to open two flexible spaces this July, launching with TroubaKids Festival – including four family shows, alongside Sally Cookson’s National Theatre production of Peter Pan.
  • Two fully flexible state-of-the-art theatres from the award-winning team behind the King’s Cross Theatre.

This July, two brand-new theatres will debut in London created by the award-winning team behind the King’s Cross Theatre. Launching in Wembley Park and White City Place, Troubadour Theatres will work with well-known and emerging production companies to stage world-class entertainment within flexible spaces.

Speaking about launching Troubadour Wembley Park and Troubadour White City Theatres, Oliver Royds and Tristan Baker, founders of Troubadour Theatres said:

“We are thrilled to be launching our two new theatres this July in Wembley Park and White City Place. Both areas have undergone an extraordinary transformation and we are delighted that Troubadour will provide diverse theatre programs at the heart of these developments.

 Troubadour Theatres are designed to meet the needs of modern audiences with comfortable seating, generous toilet facilities, increased leg room and spacious, welcoming bars and restaurants. For theatre makers we know that both Wembley Park and White City Place will offer flexible, dynamic and exciting performance spaces which can be designed around their shows.

 We are excited to offer an alternative to traditional theatres and bring new innovative spaces to audiences and producers alike.”


Located within the former Fountain Studios, which were best known for being the venue of live televised shows including The X FactorBritain’s Got Talent and Pop Idol, Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre is in the heart of Wembley Park. The theatre is part of the ambitious cultural strategy for the area, which builds on its global reputation for sport, music and live entertainment to transform it into North West London’s dynamic new cultural neighbourhood. The venue is a flexible 1000-2000 capacity space that can be transformed to suit the requirements for a range of productions – traditional proscenium arch theatre, in-the-round theatrical experiences, or immersive shows. Within the theatre, there is also a modern state-of-the-art restaurant (set to open later in 2019) and a large, sociable bar space.

The first production to open Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre will be Dinosaur World Live. An interactive show for ages 3 and over, Dinosaur World Live is an entertaining and educational live show for all the family with a host of impressive pre-historic creatures on stage. Performances run from 18 July – 1 September, with a press performance on Sunday 21 July at 2pm. Tickets are now on sale. This will be followed by the Chinese theatrical experience Soul of Shaolin. Combining dazzling martial arts expertise with a touching story of loss and redemption, Soul of Shaolin will amaze, excite and inspire audiences. Playing in London for the first time, performances run from 26 September – 6 October with tickets now on sale.

Later in the year, the National Theatre’s landmark production of War Horse will return to London for a strictly limited run at the Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre. Having visited 11 countries around the world and playing to nearly 8 million people over the past 11 years, including a recent sold-out return to the National Theatre, War Horse is now on a UK and international tour throughout 2019, which will include their Troubadour performances. Tickets for the six-week run from 18 October – 23 November are now on sale.


Taking over part of the site of the former BBC Media Village, Troubadour White City Theatre will open this July and join a thriving new community rebranded as White City Place, neighbouring destinations such as Soho House, Television Centre and Westfield Shopping Centre. The new state-of-the-art hub consists of a 1,200-seat fully flexible theatre plus an 800-seat multi-purpose space with an interconnecting foyer complete with a spacious, welcoming bar. The theatre will stage first-class productions from a host of production companies and artists reflecting the vitality of London, the TV and film heritage of White City and the dynamism of the UK’s theatre scene. Excellent transport links, with White City and Wood Lane stations minutes away, will ensure for an enhanced audience experience as well as comfortable seating and increased leg room in both theatre spaces.

Troubadour White City Theatre will launch with Sally Cookson’s magical retelling of Peter Pan by J M Barrie. First seen at the Bristol Old Vic and reconceived at the National Theatre in 2016, Peter Pan features innovative aerial acrobatics and bursts with magic, mischief, and make-believe, making for a funny and moving version of a much-loved story. Performances run from 20 July – 27 October, with a press performance on Saturday 27 July at 2pm. Tickets are now on sale.

Also taking place this summer from 23 July will be the very first TroubaKids Festival – a family theatre festival with four shows playing in rep within the 800-seater space at the Troubadour White City Theatre. The productions performing are Little Baby Bum Live, Monstersaurus!, The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show and Aliens Love Underpants.

Tickets for all announced productions are on sale now. For further information, listings and ticket prices visit