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Further casting announced for Leave to Remain at the Lyric Hammersmith

Casting news

FURTHER casting has been announced for the world premiere of Leave to Remain. A new play with songs by Matt Jones and Kele Okereke, it runs at the Lyric Hammersmith from January 24 (previews from January 18) to February 16, 2019.

As previously announced, Tyrone Huntley will play the role of Obi. His previous theatre credits include the much applauded role of Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre) for which he was nominated for the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical.

Joining him as Obi’s partner, Alex, is Billy Cullum, whose many theatre credits include the West End productions of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Matilda the Musical, and most recently the critically acclaimed Little Shop of Horrors (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre).

The role of Diane is played by Emma Amos who has worked extensively in theatre, television and film. Her theatre credits include The Lady in the Van (Theatre Royal Bath) and Sweet Bird of the South (Chichester Festival Theatre).

Playing Chichi is Aretha Ayeh, who was recently part of the Royal Shakespeare Company season that included new musical Miss Littlewood, The Fantastic Follies of Mrs Rich and The Duchess of Malfi.

Rakie Ayola joins the company to play Grace. Although Ayola is best known for her role in BBC’s Holby City, more recently she took over the role of Hermione Granger in the West End production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

Playing Raymond is Sandy Batchelor, who recently appeared in the ATG UK tour of Strangers on a Train.

Damien is played by Arun Blair-Mangat, whose credits for the National Theatre include Angels in America and Wig Out. He was also in the original West End cast of Kinky Boots.

Playing Kenneth is Cornell S. John, who played Mufasa in the original West End cast of The Lion King and will appear in the forthcoming film Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.

Further casting will be announced in due course.

The soundtrack from Leave to Remain will be released by Bloc Party frontman Kele Okereke to coincide with press night on January 24.

A remarkable story of a young gay couple suddenly faced with an uncertain future, told through a mixture of music, drama and movement, Leave to Remain explores the effects of one couple’s marriage, and what happens when it begins to fracture both their families.

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