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Tina - further casting announced

Kobna Holdbrook-Smith

Casting news

FURTHER casting has been announced for the world premiere of the new musical Tina. Directed by Phyllida Lloyd, it opens at the Aldwych Theatre on April 17, 2018, following preview performances from March 21.

Joining the previously announced Adrienne Warren (as Tina Turner) are Kobna Holdbrook-Smith (Ike Turner), Madeline Appiah (Tina’s mother Zelma Bullock), Jenny Fitzpatrick (alternate Tina), Lorna Gayle (Tina’s Grandmother GG), Tom Godwin (Record Producer Phil Spector/Lyricist Terry Britten), Francesca Jackson (Ike and Tina’s manager Rhonda Graam), Aisha Jawando (Tina’s sister Alline Bullock), Natey Jones (Tina’s father Richard Bullock/Tina’s first love Raymond Hill), Gerard McCarthy (record company Marketing Manager Erwin Bach) and Ryan O’Donnell (Tina’s Manager Roger Davies).

They are joined by ensemble members Tsemaye Bob-Egbe, Keisher Downie, Kit Esuruoso who also plays Tina’s son Craig Hill, Jammy Kasongo, Sia Kiwa, Jason Langley, Kayleigh McKnight, Baker Mukasa and Tanisha Spring and swings Derek Aidoo, Gavin Alex, Edward Bourne, Candace Furbert, Hannah Jay-Allan and Rodney Vubya.

Children’s casting will be announced in due course.

Kobna Holdbrook-Smith (pictured top) was last on stage playing Laertes in Hamlet at the Barbican alongside Benedict Cumberbatch. His previous theatre credits include Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, Edward II, Antigone and Death and the King’s Horseman (National Theatre), The Low Road (Royal Court), Feast, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone and The Changeling (Young Vic), Love’s Labour’s Lost (Shakespeare’s Globe) and Detaining Justice, Seize the Day and Fabulation for the Tricycle Theatre.

His screen credits include The Split, Wagstaffe, Class, Capital, Crackanory, Worricker Trilogy, The Last Panthers and Midsomer Murders (TV); Paddington 2, The Commuter, Justice League, Doctor Strange, The Double and Roadkill plus the forthcoming Mary Poppins Returns and Ghost Stories (film).

Madeline Appiah’s most recent theatre credits include Hamlet (Almeida/West End), Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, Here We Go and Welcome to Thebes (National Theatre), Hotel Cerise (Theatre Royal Stratford East), Macbeth, The Merchant of Venice and The Taming of the Shrew (RSC), Off The Endz (Royal Court) and The Duchess of Malfi (Old Vic). She has also appeared on television in In The Long Run, King For a Term, Partners in Crime, Gavin and Stacy, Doctors, The Bill and Holby City.

Jenny Fitzpatrick (pictured bottom) was last on stage in Boudica at the Globe Theatre. She has also appeared on stage in Oliver! (Theatre Royal Drury Lane), Peter Pan (Manchester Opera House), A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Henry IV Part I and Camelot (Regents Park Open Air Theatre) and Little Shop of Horrors (Duke of York’s Theatre/Menier Chocolate Factory). She has also toured the UK in The Blues Brothers, Soul Sister, Thoroughly Modern Millie and Our House. Her television credits include EastEnders, Silent Witness and MI High.

Lorna Gayle has appeared on stage in A Tale of Two Cities (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), Guys and Dolls (Savoy Theatre), Nation (National Theatre), Rudy’s Rare Records (Hackney Empire) and Almost Nothing (Royal Court). Her screen work includes The Rebel, Doctors, Cuckoo, Fried, Holby City, Utopia and EastEnders (TV); Carmilla, Caribbean Dream, Having You, One Day, The Dark Knight and Run Fat Boy Run (film).

Tom Godwin’s more recent theatre credits include City of Glass (Lyric Hammersmith), The Woman in Black (Fortune Theatre), The Little Mermaid (Bristol Old Vic), To Kill a Mockingbird (Regents Park Open Air Theatre), Bingo (Young Vic) and The Taming of the Shrew (Shakespeare’s Globe). His screen credits include Coronation Street, Holby City, Knightfall, Doctors, EastEnders and Waking the Dead (TV); Alice Through The Looking Glass, The Danish Girl and About Time (film).

Jenny Fitzpatrick

A finalist in the BBC 1 show I’d Do Anything with Andrew Lloyd Webber, Francesca Jackson’s stage credits include Kiss Me Kate, Into the Woods, Sunday in the Park with George and A Little Night Music (Theatre Du Chatelet), Million Dollar Quartet (Noel Coward Theatre), Dusty (Charing Cross Theatre), Dreamboats and Petticoats (Playhouse Theatre), Rent (Duke of York’s Theatre) and All the Fun of the Fair (Garrick Theatre). On screen, she has appeared in Boyfriend Material and Refresh (TV); Hiding in the Shadows and Evita (film).

Aisha Jawando is currently playing the lead role in the Hackney Empire Pantomime Cinderella. Her other theatre credits include Martha Reeves in Motown the Musical, as well as roles in Beautiful The Carole King Musical, The Book of Mormon, The Lion King, Fela, Legally Blonde and Soul Sister.

Natey Jones’ theatre credits include One Love: The Bob Marley Musical (Birmingham Rep), Doctor Faustus, Don Quixote and The Alchemist (RSC), Tomorrow (White Bear Theatre), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Courtyard Theatre) and Once Upon a Time in the 90’s (Albany Theatre). His television work includes Doctors and Shakespeare Live! From the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Gerard McCarthy’s stage credits include Cat (Courtyard Theatre), It’s a Wonderful Life (Bridgehouse Theatre), The Merry Wives of Windsor (Shakespeare’s Globe), Mamma Mia! (Prince Edward Theatre), Saturday Night Fever (Apollo Theatre) and the UK tours of Blue/Orange and Beautiful Thing. On screen, he has appeared in Call The Midwife, Puppy Love, The Fall and Hollyoaks (TV); A Nightingale Falling (film).

Ryan O’Donnell was last seen playing the lead role in the touring production of Sunny Afternoon after appearing in the West End production. His other stage credits include Quadrophenia (Plymouth Theatre Royal), Romeo and Juliet (RSC), Victor Frankenstein (Royal & Derngate Theatre), Tracy Beaker Gets Real! (Nottingham Playhouse), Shadow Mouth (Sheffield Theatres) and Stand Tall (Landor Theatre). His film and television credits include MI High and Jesus: The Beginning.

From humble beginnings in Nutbush, Tennessee, to her transformation into the global Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Tina Turner didn’t just break the rules, she rewrote them. This new stage musical, presented in association with Tina Turner herself, reveals the untold story of a woman who dared to defy the bounds of her age, gender and race.

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