Giles Terera is to star as Sammy Davis Jr in a musical about his life, which is being staged at the Lyric Hammersmith Theatre.
Based on the entertainer’s life and career and written by Leslie Bricusse, Sammy has previously had a short run in San Diego and was workshopped in London last year, with Terera in the title role.
The full production will close Rachel O’Riordan’s first season as artistic director of the Lyric Hammersmith, and will be directed by Clarke Peters.
Bricusse said bringing Peters and Terera together for his show was “a rare and great privilege”.
Terera added: “I am excited and very honoured to finally be bringing Sammy Davis Jr’s incredible story to fresh new audiences. HIs trumps and struggles speak to me and inspire me more than ever.”
It will run from July 28 to September 19, with press night on August 5, and is produced by the Lyric Hammersmith in association with Anthology Theatre and Aria Entertainment.