Following critical acclaim, and a sold-out run at the Young Vic, producers Sonia Friedman Productions, Tom Kirdahy and Hunter Arnold are delighted to announce the full cast for the West End transfer of Joe Murphy and Joe Robertson’s The Jungle, a National Theatre and Young Vic co-production with Good Chance Theatre, directed by Stephen Daldry and Justin Martin. The production is set in Europe’s largest unofficial refugee camp, the Calais Jungle, which in 2015, became a temporary home for more than 10,000 people. Previewing from 16 June, with World Refugee Day on 20 June, The Jungle will have an Opening Night on 5 July at the Playhouse Theatre, with rehearsal photography released today.
Cast transferring from the Young Vic include Mohammad Amiri, Elham Ehsas, Trevor Fox, Moein Ghobsheh, Ammar Haj Ahmad, Alex Lawther, Jo McInnes, John Pfumojena, Rachel Redford, Rachid Sabitri, Mohamed Sarrar, Ben Turner and Nahel Tzegai.
New cast members include Tiran Aakel, Gerard Carey, Alexander Devrient, Cherno Jagne, Kiki Kendrick, Freddie Meredith, Sara Mokonen, Yasin Moradi, Jonathan Nyati, Dominic Rowan and Eric Sirakian.
The company is made up of actors from around the world, cast are from Iran, Sudan, Afghanistan, Eritrea, England, Zimbabwe, Syria, America, Congo, Wales, Scotland, The Gambia, Morocco, Lebanon and Germany.
The Jungle will transfer to the Playhouse Theatre, where the traditional proscenium theatre is undergoing an unprecedented transformation, unlike anything seen in a West End venue before. The stalls have been completely reconfigured to house Miriam Buether’s critically-acclaimed set design as seen at the Young Vic, where audiences were invited to sit at the benches and tables of the Afghan café in the Calais camp.
The Playhouse Theatre will also offer the brand new experience of watching from the Dress Circle, which has been renamed “Cliffs of Dover”. Whilst the circle will retain its traditional theatre seating, the unique and intimate experience will be completely unlike anything regular Playhouse Theatre attenders have had before, with views over the dramatically transformed performance space below, which extends beyond the proscenium arch and over the stalls, enhanced by accompanying video screens, relaying close-up ‘live news broadcast’ style footage of some of the action. The in-the-round transformation reduces the capacity of the theatre to under 450 seats. Top price tickets are directly enabling 40% of the house to be priced at £25 and under, and a proportion of tickets will be held off sale to be offered to refugees and targeted groups in order to maximise diversity and accessibility.
This is the place where people suffered and dreamed. Meet the hopeful, resilient residents of the Jungle – just across the Channel, right on our doorstep. The Jungle tells stories of loss, fear, community and hope, of the Calais camp’s creation – and of its eventual destruction. Join the residents over freshly baked naan and sweet milky chai at the Afghan Café, and experience the intense, moving and uplifting encounters between refugees from many different countries and the volunteers who arrived from the UK.
Official charity partner, Help Refugees, which was established alongside the Good Chance Theatre in the Calais Jungle in 2015, and is now the leading UK NGO in a new movement of International humanitarian aid, will be supported by the production, with fundraising efforts taking place at the venue throughout the entire run.
Tiran Aakel is from Britain, his family are Israeli. His theatre credits include Burkas And Bacon Butties (Tara Finney Prods/Vault Festival); Time’s Up (Yvonne Arnaud Theatre); I Was Looking At The Ceiling (Southwark Playhouse); Beyond Therapy (Etcetera Theatre); Purge, Asturias, Sab! (all Edinburgh Fringe Festival) Ooh Ah Showab Khan, Kicking Out (both Arc Theatre); Baby Love (Sylvester Tobias Theatre Co). Television includes: Eastenders, Casualty, Panorama, Bed Bugs. Radio includes: Sherlock Holmes – His Last Bow. Film includes: Pretty Music For Very Ugly People; Regret Button; I’m No Stranger.
Mohammad Amiri is from Afghanistan. His theatre credits include Boy (Almeida). His television work includes Unforgotten 2. His film credits include: Fighting With My Family; City of Tiny Lights.
Gerard Carey is from Britain. His theatre credits includes: A Christmas Carol (RSC); Half A Sixpence (Chichester/Noel Coward Theatre); Shrek the Musical (UK tour); Dickens Abridged (Arts Theatre); Soho Cinders, Ex (Soho Theatre); Master Class (Vaudeville); Invisible Man (Menier Chocolate Factory); Noises Off, Peter Pan, Alice in Wonderland, The Wizard of Oz (Birmingham Rep); Spamalot (Palace); A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Taming of the Shrew, High Society, Leonardo’s Last Supper, The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Regent’s Park Open Air); Mary Poppins (Cameron Mackintosh/Disney). His television credits include: Love Soup; Torchwood.
Alexander Devrient is from Germany and Lebanon. Theatre includes: Die Entuhrung aus dem Serail (Glyndebourne); L’Avare (European Tour) Twelfth Night (Greenwich Playhouse); Silent Chalk (Old Theatre Royal Bath); The Tragedy of Soliman & Perseda (Rose Theatre Bankside). Film includes: The Danish Girl, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. Television includes: Genius: Picasso, SS-GB, Das Institut, Emmerdale, Le Bureau des Legendes and Alarm fur Cobra 11.
Elham Ehsas is from Afghanistan. Film work includes: Our Kind of Love; The Kill Team; Oksijan; War Machine; Harry Potter the Deathly Hallows; The Kite Runner. His television credits include: The Informer; Brussel; Silent Witness.
Trevor Fox is from Britain. Theatre credits include: Macbeth, Common (National Theatre); People, Places & Things (Headlong/National Theatre tour); Amedee (Birmingham Rep); The Tempest, Cymbeline, The Oresteia, Measure for Measure, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Gabriel, Coriolanus, Under The Black Flag (Shakespeare’s Globe); King Lear, Children’s Children (Almeida Theatre); The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time (Apollo). His film credits include: Bridget Jones – The Edge of Reason; Gabriel & Me; Billy Elliot.
Moein Ghobsheh is a musician from Iran. His theatre credits include: The Jungle (Young Vic).
Ammar Haj Ahmad is from Syria. Theatre credits include: Returning to Haifa (Finborough); LOVE (National Theatre/ Birmingham Repertory); Goats/Told From the Inside (Royal Court); Kan Yama (Cockpit Theatre). His film credits include: London Tomorrow; ALEGNA; Wall; Round Trip; Wada’an; Monologue. His television work includes: Agatha Raisin; Letters from Baghdad.
Cherno Jagne is from The Gambia. Theatre credits include: Closer, 2 Families 14 Lives (The Courtyard Theatre). His film credits include: Haraam.
Kiki Kendrick is from Britain. Theatre credits include: The Ruffian On The Stair (Blue Devil/Brighton Festival); Cutting Corners (Juno Theatre); oysters (Eastern Angles); The Woman Who Cooked Her Husband (Th. Royal Winchester); I Want That Hair (Hull Truck); Babushka (Liberated Theatre); Fly Me To The Moon (Hull Truck/Stephen Joseph Theatre); Raindrops & Roses (Soho Theatre); Reunion (Hull Truck/UK tour); Insane Jane (Pleasance Edinburgh/Soho Theatre); Too Close For Comfort (Soho Theatre); Down Dog (Edinburgh Underbelly); My Beautiful Launderette (Snap Theatre); Lip Service (Soho/Finborough Theatres); Crime And Punishment (Finborough Theatre); Blind Date (Pleasance Theatre Edinburgh); Waiting For Hillsborough (Gutted Theatre Company). Television includes: The Office, Cold Feet, Holby City, Waterloo Road, Doctors, The Bearded Ladies, Two Pints Of Lager And A Packet Of Crisps, Funland, Fat Friends. Film includes: Gridiron; Webcast; Frontman; Grave Tales; Do I Love You?; Reverb; Firefall; Diagnosis; Nine Lives Of Tomas Katz
Alex Lawther is from Britain. Theatre credits include: Crushed Shells and Mud (Southwark Playhouse); The Glass Supper, Fault Lines (Hampstead Theatre); South Downs (Harold Pinter/Chichester Festival Theatre). His film credits include: The Translators; Ghost Stories; Goodbye Christopher Robin; Old Boys; Freakshow; Departure; The Imitation Game; X+Y. His television work has included: The End of the Fucking World; Howards End; Black Mirror.
Jo McInnes is from Britain. Theatre credits include: Wastewater, Fleshwound, Bluebird (Royal Court); The House of Bernarda Alba, The Children’s Hour (National Theatre); M.A.D (Bush Theatre); On Blindness, Dirty Butterfly (Soho Theatre). Her film credits include: Me and Orson Welles; The New Romantics; My Wife Is An Actress; Birthday Girl. Her television work has included: Eternal Law; Fine Daughters; Recovery; Afterlife; Spooks; Living It; Playing the Field.
Freddie Meredith’s theatre credits include Fracked! (Chichester Festival Theatre). His television credits include: The Crown, To Walk Invisible.
Sara Mokonen is from Eritrea. Theatre credits include My Music, My Story, My Monologue, Love Me To Death, Double Trouble (Intermission Youth Theatre); Who’s Culture (Royal Shakespeare Theatre); Oneness (Blue Elephant Theatre); Sonnet Walks (Globe Theatre).
Yasin Moradi is a Kung Fu Master from Iran. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management and was a lecturer in sport at universities in Iran. He has been in the UK for 2 and a half years. His Kung Fu work includes: National Iranian Kung Fu Team and regular performances at the National Kung Fu Festival of Iran and the Tehran Kung Fu Show. Teacher of Kung Fu at Good Chance, Calais, and Encampment, South Bank Centre. His theatre work includes: Encampment (Southbank Centre), Hope Shows (Good Chance Calais). Belarus Free Theatre (Leicester), Migration Festival (Leicester). As part of the theatre ensemble Psyche Delight Yasin has toured internationally performing the show Borderline at the 10th International Theatre Festival of Kerala in India, Denmark Theatre Festival and the Pleasance Theatre, London.
Jonathan Nyati is Congolese. Theatre credits include: Hotel (National Theatre); Promise (Belgrade Theatre); Love is Not Enough, Will Today Ever End (Tricycle Theatre). His television work includes: Bodyguard, Doctors.
John Pfumojena is from Zimbabwe. Theatre credits include: No One Is An Island (Tangle International); Twelfth Night (Shakespeare’s Globe); Bent, Peter Pan (National Theatre); I Am Thomas (National Theatre of Scotland); Beasty Baby (Polka Theatre); Now You See Me (Immediate Theatre); Dream (Ignite Africa Festival); Riots (Chickenshed Theatre); Water, Bread and Salt, Dream Nation, Workshop Negative (Tangle International).
Rachel Redford is from Wales. Theatre credits include: The Crucible (Manchester Royal Exchange); Luna Gale (Hampstead Theatre); Closer (Donmar Warehouse); A Ghost From A Perfect Place (Arcola); Adler & Gibb (Royal Court); Not The Worst Place (Sherman Theatre/Theatr Clwyd); Parallel Lines (Chapter Arts Centre); A Family Affair (Sherman Theatre); The Acid Test, Blue Stockings, King Lear (RADA). Her film credits include: Testament Of Youth, The Riot Club and Nights.
Dominic Rowan is from Britain. Theatre credits include: A Woman Of No Importance, Stepping Out (Vaudeville Theatre); Winter Solstice (Orange Tree Theatre); Giving (Hampstead Theatre); The Tempest, Measure For Measure, Henry VIII, A New World, As You Like It (The Globe); The Cherry Orchard (Young Vic); Medea, Happy Now?, Dream Play, Iphigenia At Aulis, Mourning Becomes Electra, Three Sisters, The Talking Cure, Private Lives (National Theatre); A Doll’s House (Young Vic/Duke of York’s Theatre/BAM New York); The Village Bike, Way To Heaven, Forty Winks (Royal Court).
Rachid Sabitri is from Morocco. Theatre credits include: Aladdin (Prince Edward); I Call My Brothers (Arcola/Off Broadway); Twelfth Night (Westport Country Playhouse/Northampton Theatre Royal); Rafta Rafta (National Theatre); Bloodtide (Pilot Theatre Company); Beyond Midnight (Trestle Theatre). His television work includes: Homeland, Criminal Minds, Madam Secretary, The Odds, Generation Kill, Dr Who, Blue Murder.
Mohamed Sarrar is a musician from Sudan. He has been in the UK for two years. His theatre includes: The Jungle (Young Vic), The Welcoming Party (Theatre Rights International Festival, Manchester), Encampment (Southbank Centre), Hope Shows (Good Chance Calais). As part of the theatre ensemble Psyche Delight, Mohamed has toured internationally performing the show Borderline at The Cockpit, Brighton Fringe Festival, the Migration Museum in London, Migrants Matter in Sheffield, Platforma Arts in Newcastle and Stockton, Freedom of Movement Festival in Berlin, Action Moon Star in Black Forest Germany and Bridewell Theatre in London, The 10th International Theatre Festival of Kerala in India, Denmark Theatre Festival and Pleasance Theatre, London.
Eric Sirakian is Armenian. He trained at RADA. Eric is making his profession debut in The Jungle.
Ben Turner is British Iranian. Theatre credits include: Soldier’s Fortune (Young Vic); The Kite Runner, As You Like It (Wyndham’s/UK tour); The Iliad (Royal Lyceum); Maiden Voices From The Uprising (Royal Court); Richard II, Caligula (Donmar Warehouse); Awake And Sing (Almeida); Measure For Measure/Habeus Corpus (UK Tour); The Merchant Of Venice (RSC world tour). His film work includes: Six Days, 300: Rise Of An Empire, The Fifth Estate, Adulthood, Syriana. His television work has included: The Coroner, WPC 56, Death In Paradise, Casualty, The Bill, Dr Who, Love Soup.
Nahel Tzegai is from Eritrea. Theatre credits include: How It Ended (Bush Theatre); Ring (BAC); The Ship’s Name (Royal Court); You Are Currently The Highest Bidder, Block 9, Virtually Real (Roundhouse).
Sonia Friedman Productions and Tom Kirdahy, Hunter Arnold present A National Theatre and Young Vic Co-Production with Good Chance Theatre.
Sonia Friedman Productions and Tom Kirdahy, Hunter Arnold
in association with Elizabeth Dewberry & Ali Ahmet Kocabiyik, Paula Marie Black, Michael Desantis, Tulchin Bartner Productions, 1001 Nights Productions, Rupert Gavin, Brenda Leff, Stephanie P. Mcclelland, Richard Winkler, Jane Cee & Glenn Redbord present
A National Theatre and Young Vic co-production with Good Chance Theatre
by Joe Murphy and Joe Robertson
Directed by Stephen Daldry and Justin Martin
Design by Miriam Buether
Costumes by Catherine Kodicek
Lighting by Jon Clark
Sound by Paul Arditti
Musical Direction / Composition by John Pfumojena
Video by Duncan McLean and Tristan Shepard
Casting Julia Horan CDG
Executive Producer David Lan
The Playhouse Theatre
Northumberland Ave, London WC2N 5DE
First performance: Saturday 16 June
Final performance: Saturday 3 November
Opening Night: Thursday 5 July