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Cast announced for Play On! Talawa's major production of the Twelfth Night-inspired musical.

The cast has been announced for the UK premiere of Play On!, the jazz-fuelled, Twelfth Night inspired musical that will tour the UK from September 2024 – February 2025, including a winter run at Lyric Hammersmith. From Talawa, the UK’s outstanding Black theatre company, this joyous, musical retelling of Shakespeare’s beloved play brings to life the 1940s New York jazz scene, set to a timeless, toe-tapping Duke Ellington score.

The cast comprises Tsemaye Bob-Egbe (SIX The Musical and TINA: The Tina Turner Musical, West End) as Viola, who sets forth to make a name for herself in the New York jazz scene. Lady Liv is played by Kori Hedgemon (Lovin’ Vegas and We Are One, Carnival Cruise Line; Hairspray, Pratville Theatre), the star singer at The Cotton Club. The club’s world-famous song writer The Duke is played by Earl Gregory (TINA: The Tina Turner Musical, West End; Kinky Boots, The Fugard Theatre). Making up the cast are Llewellyn Jamal as Jester; Cameron Bernard Jones as Rev; Lifford Shillingford as Sweets; Tanya Edwards as Miss Mary and Gleanne Purcell-Brown as Ceecee.

The ensemble comprises Natalia Brown; Freya Karlettis; Amber Cayasso; Jarnéia Richard-Noel; Andre Coulson; Alex Okoampa; Spin and Dylan Blake-Colbet in his stage debut.

This exciting jazz musical is conceived by Sheldon Epps, with a book by Cheryl L. West. In the Cotton Club, New York City, a young songwriter arrives ready to make her name – but disguising herself as a man will give her a better shot in a male-dominated music world. As she meets club owner The Duke and sensational singer Lady Liv, Vy is swept up in a syncopated symphony of melodies, mistaken identities and romance.

Play On! is directed by Talawa’s Artistic Director Michael Buffong ; Kenrick Sandy is the Choreographer and Liam Godwin is the Musical Supervisor.

Play On! - September 2024 – February 2025

Further Information & UK Tour dates: Homepage - Talawa