The Almeida Theatre announces the full cast for the UK Premiere of Jeremy O. Harris’ play “Daddy” A Melodrama


Claes BangTerique JarrettJenny RainsfordSharlene Whyte and T’Shan Williams join Rebecca Bernice AmissahKeisha AtwellIoanna Kimbook and John McCrea who were originally cast in the play before its postponement at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The production opens at the Almeida on Wednesday 6 April, with previews from Saturday 26 March, and runs until Saturday 30 April.

UK Premiere


A Melodrama

by Jeremy O. Harris

Director: Danya Taymor; Set Designer: Matt Saunders; Co-Costume Designers: Montana Levi Blanco and Peter Todd; Lighting Designer: Isabella Byrd; Sound Designer: Lee Kinney; Movement Director: Anjali Mehra; Musical Supervisor: Tim Sutton; Intimacy and Fight Director: Yarit Dor; Casting Director: Amy Ball

Saturday 26 March – Saturday 30 April 2022

Press night: Wednesday 6 April 7pm

I will be your father figure. Put your tiny hand in mine.

I will be your preacher teacher. Anything you have in mind.

A young black artist meets an older white art collector.

A gospel choir emerges from an infinity pool.

A mother stops at nothing to save her son’s soul.

When it’s summer every day…when even is it?

In this Bel Air tale of love and family, intimacy is a commodity and the surreal gets real.

Jeremy O. Harris’ previous work includes Slave Play (nominated for a record twelve Tony Awards), Black ExhibitionXander Xyst, Dragon: 1WATER SPORTS; or insignificant white boys and A24’s acclaimed film Zola, directed by Janicza Bravo.

Danya Taymor’s previous directing work includes Heroes of the Fourth Turning (Playwrights Horizon); Pass Over (Broadway/Lincoln Center/Steppenwolf); Familiar (Steppenwolf); queens (Lincoln Center) and most recently Endgame (Gate Theatre, Dublin)

“Daddy” is supported by The London Community Foundation and Cockayne – Grants for the Arts.


Saturday 26 March – Saturday 30 April 2022


by Jeremy O. Harris

Performance times:  7pm; 1pm Wednesday and Saturday matinees

Tickets:                      From £10.

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Access                       Captioned performance:

                                    Tuesday 26 April 7pm

                                    Audio described performance:

                                    Saturday 23 April 1pm (Touch Tour 11:15am)