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The Scottsboro Boys - Young Vic

Julian Glover with Neil Pearson in Taking Sides

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

CASTING has been announced for the UK premiere of the Kander and Ebb musical The Scottsboro Boys, which runs at the Young Vic (Main House) from October 18 to November 23, 2013.

The line up includes Colman Domingo and Forrest McClendon, the Tony-nominated stars of the original Broadway production, as Mr Bones and Mr Tambo respectively; Game of Thrones star Julian Glover as The Interlocutor; and Dawn Hope, Coronation Street‘s Alison Soames, as The Lady.

The Scottsboro Boys tells the true story of nine young black men, aged between 12 and 19, who were falsely accused of rape by two white women while travelling on a train through Scottsboro, Alabama in 1931. Their subsequent trials and appeals, lasting seven years, deeply divided the nation.

Olivier Award-winning Julian Glover’s extensive theatre work includes The Voysey Inheritance (National Theatre), King Lear (Shakespeare’s Globe), Richard II (Old Vic), Galileo’s Daughter (Bath/Peter Hall Company) and Oliver! (West End).

Dawn Hope’s theatre credits include Porgy and Bess and Piaf (West End) and Rupert Goold’s Rough Crossing (Headlong/Lyric Hammersmith and UK tour).

They are joined by Christian Dante-White (as Charles Weems) and Clinton Roane (Roy Wright), who come to the production fresh from Broadway, as well as Adebayo Bolaji (Clarence Norris), Rohan Pinnock-Hamilton (Olen Montgomery), Carl Spencer (Andy Wright), Martin Bishop, Susan Reynolds and Jordan Shaw.

The Scottsboro Boys is directed and choreographed by Susan Stroman, five-time Tony Award-winning director and choreographer of The Producers.

The Scottsboro Boys, which premiered Off-Broadway in 2010 and was nominated for 12 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, has music and lyrics by John Kander and Fred Ebb (Chicago, Cabaret) and book by David Thompson.