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Tyrone Huntley and Oti Mabuse bring Ain’t Misbehavin’ to Southwark Playhouse

Ain't Misbehavin' - Tyrone Huntley and Oti Mabuse. Photo by Mark Senior.

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

Paul Taylor-Mills and Mercury Theatre Colchester in association with Tamasha Theatre Company are presenting a brand-new production of Ain’t Misbehavin’ – the first London revival in almost 25 years – at Southwark Playhouse from Friday, April 19 to Saturday, June 1, 2019.

This follows its premiere at Mercury Theatre Colchester from Friday, March 15 to Saturday, March 30. Tickets are on sale now.

Celebrating the legendary jazz musician Fats Waller and his energetic, exuberant and effervescent music, Ain’t Misbehavin’ steps back into the 1920’s and the raunchy nightclubs of Manhattan.

Join an extraordinary group of performers on a journey through a defining period of American musical history, the Harlem Renaissance – where musicians were free to experiment with new styles, and joints were jumpin’ with talented dancers, singers and instrumentalists jamming to a new beat known as swing.

Ain’t Misbehavin’ will be directed by Tyrone Huntley, making his directorial debut. Huntley is best known for his acclaimed performance as Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, for which he won the Evening Standard Theatre Award and received an Olivier Award nomination. He is soon to appear in Leave to Remain at the Lyric Hammersmith with other performing crediting including Angry (Southwark Playhouse) and Dreamgirls (Savoy Theatre).

Ain’t Misbehavin’ will be choreographed by Oti Mabuse, making her debut as a theatre choreographer. Best known as a professional dancer on BBC One’s Strictly Come Dancing since 2015, Mabuse is also an 8-time South African Latin American Champion and one of the most successful South African dancers in the world. She is currently a Dance Captain and Mentor on BBC One’s new Saturday night dance and entertainment show The Greatest Dancer.

Ain’t Misbehavin’ first premiered at Manhattan Theatre Club in 1978 and transferred to Broadway the same year, where it won the Tony Award for Best Musical. The original West End production opened at Her Majesty’s Theatre in 1979, and was followed by a revival at the Tricycle Theatre and Lyric Theatre in 1995. This new production will mark the first London revival in almost 25 years.

Ain’t Misbehavin’ is based on an idea by Murray Horwitz and Richard Maltby Jr, with orchestrations and arrangements by Luther Henderson, vocal and musical concepts by Jeffrey Gutcheon and vocal arrangements by Jeffrey Gutcheon and William Elliott.

Casting and further creative team details will be announced in due course.

Image: Ain’t Misbehavin’ – Tyrone Huntley and Oti Mabuse. Photo by Mark Senior.

Tickets (Southwark Playhouse): £16 (Previews), £27.50 (Standard), £22 (concessions, valid Monday to Thursday and all matinees). To book, call the box office on 020 7407 0234 or visit southwarkplayhouse.co.uk/.

Times: Monday to Saturday at 7.30pm, Tuesday and Saturday at 3pm.