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London Theatre News Today: Thursday 13 February

By Kitty Underwood First Published 13 February 2020, Last Updated 23 April 2020

Full cast and creative announced for Orfeus

The full cast and creative team have been announced for the world premiere of Orfeus: A House Music Opera, which opens at the Young Vic in April.

Blending elements of opera, house music and theatre, this brand new production transposes Ovid’s classical legend into a unique piece of theatre set in the near future. Orfeus must confront his own nature in order to save Euridice fro his father Pluto, who is the fascist ruler of this dystopian world.

Joining previously announced Nmon Ford are: Gianni Arancio (Thriller Live UK Tour), Bernadette Bangura (Jesus Christ Superstar), Franc D’Ambrosio (The Phantom of the Opera), Grace Farrell (Les Miserables), Fiona Finsbury (Phantom of the Opera West End), Nathan Kiley (Chicago; also known as drag cabaret act Topsie Redfern), Fabiane Leame (UK Dance Elite Champion 2017) and Shaq Taylor (Girl from the North Country).

The Young Vic also announced some new additions to the creative team today. Savile Row designer Ozwald Boateng is designing the costumes, Shay Barclay providing Choreography, and Benjamin Kwasi Burrell (A Taste of Honey) joining as Music Director.

Production shots from Far Away

We got some production shots through from Far Away at the Donmar Warehouse, starring Jessica Hynes and directed by Lyndsey Turner. The shots look beautiful, and with such a mysterious sounding plot, pretty intriguing… 

Casting for The Watsons

Initial casting has been announced for The Watsons, which opens at the Harold Pinter Theatre this May, following sold-out runs at Chichester Festival Theatre and the Menier Chocolate Factory.

Samuel West directs Sam Alexander (Robert Watson), Sally Bankes (Nanny), Jane Booker (Lady Osborne), Elaine Claxton (Mrs Edwards), Ralph Davis (Lord Osborne), Tim Delap (Mr Howard), Sophie Duval (Mrs Robert), Louise Ford (Laura), John Wilson Goddard (Mr Watson), Rhianna McGreevy (Margaret Watson), Grace Molony (Emma Watson), Elander Moore (Bertie), Paksie Vernon (Elizabeth Watson) and Cat White (Miss Osborne), who reprise their roles.

The Watsons tickets Grace Molony and Louise Ford in The Watsons. Photo by Manuel HarlanGrace Molony and Louise Ford in The Watsons. Photo by Manuel Harlan

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