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Yarico - casting announced

Liberty Buckland

Casting news

FINAL casting and the full creative team has been announced for the world premiere of Yarico, a powerful, epic musical about forbidden love, betrayal and redemption, based on a true story that fired the world’s imagination and contributed to the social movement against the slave trade.

With book and Lyrics by Carl Miller, music by James McConnel and lyrics by Paul Leigh, Yarico runs at Fulham’s new bijou theatre, London Theatre Workshop, from Tuesday, February 17 to Saturday, March 14, 2015.

Emily Gray directs a cast that comprises Liberty Buckland (as Yarico), Alex Spinney (Inkle), Melanie Marshall (Ma Cuffe), Tori Allen-Martin (Nono), Jean-Luke Worrell (Cicero), Michael Moulton (Bartholomew), Keisha Amponsa Banson (Jessica), Michael Mahony (Frank), Suzanne Ahmet (Polly), Adam Vaughan (Lord Goodley) and Charlotte Hamblin (Lady Goodley).

Liberty Buckland trained at The Royal Academy of Music and Yarico is her professional stage debut.

Alex Spinney also trained at the Royal Academy of Music, graduating with a Postgraduate Diploma in Musical Theatre. His theatre roles include: Lewis in Our House (UK Tour), Prince Charming in Cinderella, the Rock n Roll Panto (Stafford Gatehouse Theatre) and as a soloist in Adam Guettel and Maria Friedman in Concert (Ambassadors Theatre).

Melanie Marshall has appeared in several West End musicals including playing Funmilayo in FELA! (National Theatre, New York and world tour); Maria in Porgy and Bess (Trevor Nunn/Savoy Theatre); Miss Sherman in Fame (Aldwych Theatre); Madam Butler and Miss Mamie in Simply Heavenly (Trafalgar Studios); and The Mikado in Craig Revel Horwood’s Hot Mikado (Watermill Theatre/UK tour).

Tori Allen-Martin was cover Dionne in Hair (European Tour), Lauren in After The Turn (The Courtyard), Mimi in Rent (The Cockpit) and Loveinia in ZIP (The Lion and Unicorn).

Jean-Luke Worrell played Little John in Robin Hood (Hackney Empire).

Michael Moulton featured in the West End musical Daddy Cool (Shaftesbury Theatre) as well as Horrible Histories (UK tour/Hong Kong), Finian’s Rainbow (Union/Charing Cross Theatre), Parade (Edinburgh Fringe Festival) and Exhibit B (The Vaults).

Keisha Amponsa Banson’s theatre roles include West End musicals City of Angels London 25th Anniversary Cast (Donmar Warehouse), and The Pajama Game and From Here to Eternity (Shaftesbury Theatre).

Alex Spinney

Michael Mahony recently graduated with a degree in acting from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.

Suzanne Ahmet most recently performed in Women Of Hope, a verbatim piece of music theatre with Arora Arts.

Adam Vaughan’s theatre credits include roles in West End musicals Sweeney Todd (Adelphi Theatre) and From Here to Eternity (Shaftsbury Theatre).

Charlotte Hamblin appeared in As You Like It, Twelfth Night and Dickon, all for Oxford Shakespeare Company.

Yarico, an Amerindian beauty, is a young woman with great dreams and a fierce, independent spirit. When Inkle, the third son of a British merchant is shipwrecked on her island, he faces certain death at the hands of the islanders. In a courageous act, Yarico intervenes and saves him from his fate, marking the beginning of an extraordinary love story, which ultimately takes them to the island of Barbados. A story of great historical significance that has languished in time, once revived will remind us of the value of freedom.

Bringing the story of Yarico to the stage has been a 10-year labour of love for producers John Kidd and his daughter Jodie, the model and UK TV presenter, who both have strong connections to Barbados, where they have a family home. To bring this forgotten story to a modern audience, John and Jodie have commissioned Yarico, which is based on the known facts of the original story.

Yarico has musical direction by Zara Nunn, choreography by Jeanefer Jean-Charles, set and costume design by Sarah Beaton and lighting by Matt Haskins.

Tickets: £22, £18 concessions – available from the box office on 01202 045659 or online at www.londontheatreworkshop.co.uk/.

Times: Tuesday to Saturday at 7.30pm; Saturday matinee at 2.30pm.

Read more about Yarico.