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Casting announced for Twelfth Night at the Young Vic

Natalie Dew in Bend it Like Beckham. Photo: Ellie Kurttz Natalie Dew in Bend it Like Beckham. Photo: Ellie Kurttz
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Casting has been announced for the first production at the Young Vic under new artistic director Kwame Kwei-Armah.

Kwei-Armah and Shaina Taub’s musical reworking of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night will run at the London theatre from October 2 to November 17. Press night will be on October 8.

The cast will include Rupert Young, Gabrielle Brooks, Martyn Ellis and Natalie Dew, who starred in Bend It Like Beckham.

They will be joined by Melissa Allen, Gerard Carey, Gbemisola Ikumelo, Jyuddah Jaymes, Jonathan Livingstone and Silas Wyatt-Barke.

The professional cast will perform alongside a community chorus of 60 people from Southwark and Lambeth.

Twelfth Night has music and lyrics by Taub and is directed by Kwei-Armah and Oskar Eustis.

Set design is by Rob Jones, costume is by Brigitte Reiffenstuel, lighting is by Tim Lutkin, and sound is by Richard Brooker. Choreography is by Lizzi Gee and musical direction is by Sean Green.