Kwame Kwei-Armah, Artistic Director of the Young Vic, today announces the complete cast and creative team for Nmon Ford’s Orfeus: A House Music Opera. Blurring the lines of opera, house music and theatre into a timeless version of Ovid’s legend, the show makes its World Premiere at the Young Vic, directed by Charles Randolph-Wright (Motown: The Musical) from 11 April – 30 May. Set in the near future, this unique production sees Orfeus confront his true nature to save the beautiful poet Euridice from his father Pluto, the fascist ruler of a dystopian empire.
Joining previously announced award-winning baritone Nmon Ford are: Gianni Arancio (Thriller Live UK Tour, John Barrowman UK Tour), Bernadette Bangura (Jesus Christ Superstar Barbican; Sunset Boulevard UK Tour), Franc D’Ambrosio (The Phantom of the Opera – ‘World’s Longest-Running Phantom’ for more than a decade; Godfather III Paramount Film), Grace Farrell (Les Miserables West End), Fiona Finsbury (La Bohème Hampstead Garden Opera; Phantom of the Opera West End), Nathan Kiley (Chicago West End; Acclaimed Drag Cabaret Artist Topsie Redfern), Fabiane Leame (UK Dance Elite Champion Title 2017) and Shaq Taylor (Girl from the North Country West End; Hadestown National Theatre).
Acclaimed Savile Row designer Ozwald Boateng will Costume Design, with the emerging talent, dancer and performer, Shay Barclay providing Choreography, and Benjamin Kwasi Burrell (Small Island, A Taste of Honey National Theatre) will Music Direct. They join the previously announced creative team: Words, Music and Libretto by Nmon Ford, Directed by Charles Randolph-Wright, Set Design by Leslie Travers, Lighting by Aideen Malone, Sound Design by Richard Brooker, with Casting by Pippa Ailion CDG and Natalie Gallacher CDG.
Orfeus: A House Music Opera
11 April – 30 May 2020, with Press Night 21 April
Main House, Young Vic
66, The Cut, Waterloo, London, SE1 8LZ