Talawa Theatre announce UK's 1st all-black Guys and Dolls
20 October 2017
2 December 2017 – 27 January 2018
A Royal Exchange Theatre and Talawa Theatre Company co-production.
BASED ON THE STORY AND CHARACTERS OF DAMON RUNYON. MUSIC AND LYRICS BY FRANK LOESSER. BOOK BY JO SWERLING AND ABE BURROWS. DIRECTED BY MICHAEL BUFFONG.
This Christmas director Michael Buffong transports the musical smash Guys and Dolls to Harlem where the seductive sounds of jazz and blues spark and crackle in the lives of street-wise hustlers.
"Pre-war Harlem was all about the hustle. The creativity of that era was born from a unique collision of talent and circumstance as people escaped the agricultural and oppressive South via the 'underground railroad' into the highly urbanised and industrialised North. Much of our popular culture, from dance to music, has its roots in that period. Our Guys And Dolls brings all of this to the fore, in superb, celebratory style."
Michael Buffong, Director
For Sky Masterson and Nathan Detroit, every day is an opportunity to hustle, every dispute can be settled with a roll of the dice, and every dime is theirs for the taking. They live by their wits and the skin of their teeth. Lady Luck is on their side – until one night they both take a chance on love …
... "For me, storytelling is as important as the music in this production of Guys and Dolls. The interaction between Sky Masterson and Sarah Brown is very like that between Beatrice and Benedict in Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, and I want to get that across along with the great jazz music, singing and movement which will be such an inseparable part of this show." Michael Buffong, Director
With breathtaking choreography from Kenrick ‘H2O’ Sandy, Guys and Dolls will offer assured spectacle.
An impressive cast of 21 includes: Koko Basigara, Evonnee Bentley-Holder, Toyan Thomas-Browne, Nathanael Campbell, Darren Charles, Ewen Cummins, Chelsey Emery, Ray Fearon, Kurt Kansley, Danielle Kassaraté, Fela Lufadeju, Melanie Marshall, Ako Mitchell, Abiona Omonua, Javar La'Trail Parker, Joe Speare, Jaime Tait, Trevor A Toussaint, Lucy Vandi, T’Shan Williams & Ashley Zhangazha.
DIRECTOR Michael Buffong, DESIGNER Soutra Gilmour, MUSICAL SUPERVISOR Nigel Lilley, MUSICAL DIRECTOR Mark Aspinall, CHOREOGRAPHER Kenrick Sandy, LIGHTING DESIGNER Johanna Town, SOUND DESIGNER Richard Brooker, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR Nicola Miles-Wildin, ASSISTANT CHOREOGRAPHER Yolanda Newsome, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR (as part of the Artistic Director Leadership Programme)Anthony Ekundayo Lennon
Performed by arrangement with Music Theatre International (Europe) Limited