LONDON – Kwame Kwei-Armah, Artistic Director of the Young Vic, has announced 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 11th April to 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 Opera plays from 11th April to 30th May at the Young Vic. Tickets available here