The Donmar Warehouse has announced full casting for The Public Administration and Constitution Affairs Committee Take Oral Evidence on Whitehall’s Relationship with Kids Company, a new musical with music by Tom Deering, and book and lyrics by Hadley Fraser and Josie Rourke (running from 24 June to 12 August 2017 – press night is 3 July).
Committee… (A New Musical) is edited from the parliamentary transcript of an oral evidence session held on 15 October 2015 and the words spoken by those participating in the inquiry.
Sandra Marvin (City of Angels) will play Camila Batmanghelidjh, founder of Kids Company, and Omar Ebrahim will play Alan Yentob, former chairman of the charity.
Further casting includes Alexander Hanson as Bernard Jenkin MP, Rosemary Ashe as Kate Hoey MP, Robert Hands as David Jones MP, Liz Robertson as Cheryl Gillan MP and Anthony O’Donnell as Paul Flynn MP. They will be joined by David Albury and Joanna Kirkland.
David Albury (Junior Clerk) makes his Donmar Warehouse debut in Committee… (A New Musical). His theatre credits include The Life (Southwark Playhouse); Exposure: The Musical (St James Theatre); Only the Brave (Wales Millenium Centre); Porgy and Bess (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre); and The Lion King (national tour).
Rosemary Ashe (Kate Hoey MP) makes her Donmar Warehouse debut in Committee… (A New Musical). Her theatre credits include The Phantom of the Opera (Her Majesty’s Theatre); The Boyfriend (Albery Theatre); Oliver! (London Palladium); The Witches of Eastwick (Theatre Royal, Drury Lane); The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Ages 13 & ¾ (Leicester Curve); and Sister Act (UK tour).
Omar Ebrahim (Alan Yentob) makes his Donmar Warehouse debut in Committee… (A New Musical). Ebrahim has sung in performances of contemporary operas and other works by Nigel Osborne, Michael Tippett, Harrison Birtwistle, Luciano Berio, Philip Glass, Peter Lieberson, Frank Zappa, György Ligeti, Peter Eötvös and Michael Nyman.
Alexander Hanson (Bernard Jenkin MP) has previously appeared at the Donmar Warehouse in Enter the Guardsman and Brel. His extensive theatre credits include the title role in Stephen Ward (Aldwych); Jesus Christ Superstar (O2 and arena tour); and A Little Night Music (Broadway, Garrick Theatre and Menier Chocolate Factory). Hanson also originated the role of Khashoggi in We Will Rock You (Dominion Theatre).
Robert Hands (David Jones MP) makes his Donmar Warehouse debut in Committee… (A New Musical). His extensive theatre credits include Mrs Henderson Presents (Noel Coward Theatre); Oh What a Lovely War (Northern Stage); Spamalot (Palace Theatre); Chicago (Adelphi Theatre); and Mamma Mia! (Prince of Wales Theatre).
Joanna Kirkland (Chief Clerk) has previously appeared at the Donmar Warehouse in Parade. Her other theatre credits include The Adding Machine (Finborough Theatre); Shutters (Park Theatre); Season’s Greetings (Union Theatre); and A Chorus of Disapproval (Harold Pinter Theatre).
Sandra Marvin (Camila Batmanghelidjh) has previously appeared at the Donmar Warehouse in the Olivier Award-winning production of City of Angels. Her other theatre credits include Stepping Out (Vaudeville Theatre/Theatre Royal Bath); Show Boat (New London Theatre/Sheffield Crucible), Chicago (Curve Theatre Leicester); Hairspray (Shaftesbury Theatre and UK and Ireland tour); and Ragtime.
Anthony O’Donnell (Paul Flynn MP) has previously appeared at the Donmar Warehouse in Glengarry Glen Ross, Twelfth Night and Uncle Vanya. His other theatre credits include numerous roles at the National Theatre and RSC, as well as Our Private Life (Royal Court);, King Lear, Galileo, Dance of Death, Ivanov and The Homecoming (Almeida);, The Tempest (The Bridge Project, New York, on a world tour and at the Old Vic); and The Weir (West End).
Liz Robertson (Cheryl Gillan MP) has previously appeared at the Donmar Warehouse in Kern Goes to Hollywood. Her additional theatre credits include Follies (Toulon Opera); Finding Neverland (Curve Theatre); The Phantom of the Opera (25th anniversary celebration – Royal Albert Hall and Her Majesty’s Theatre); Love Never Dies (Adelphi Theatre); Hairspray (Shaftesbury Theatre); and The King and I (US tour).
Tom Deering (composer) makes his Donmar Warehouse debut as Composer for Committee… (A New Musical). His recent theatre work as music supervisor includes The Grinning Man (Bristol Old Vic); Jesus Christ Superstar (Regent’s Park); and In The Heights (King’s Cross Theatre).
Hadley Fraser (book and lyrics) returns to the Donmar having appeared in James Graham’s play for stage and television The Vote, and Josie Rourke’s productions of Saint Joan, City of Angels and Coriolanus. He has played Marius and, later, Javert in the West End production of Les Misérables and appeared in Tom Hooper’s acclaimed film adaptation. Other theatre credits include The Pajama Game (Chichester Festival Theatre); The Fantasticks (Duchess Theatre); and Assassins (Sheffield Crucible).
Josie Rourke (book and lyrics) is the artistic director of the Donmar Warehouse. For the Donmar, Rourke’s productions include City of Angels, which received the Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival; Privacy, a new play created by James Graham and Rourke; Coriolanus, for which Tom Hiddleston won the Evening Standard Award for Best Actor; The Weir, which transferred to Wyndham’s Theatre; and The Machine at Manchester International Festival and at Park Avenue Armory, New York. Rourke was previously artistic director of the Bush Theatre, which was named Theatre of the Year under her leadership.
Adam Penford (director) makes his Donmar Warehouse debut as director for Committee… (A New Musical). He has recently been appointed artistic director of the Nottingham Playhouse. He was revival director on One Man Two Guvnors (West End/ NY and tour) and associate director of the NT 50th Anniversary Gala (NT and BBC). His theatre credits include The Boys in the Band (Park Theatre and UK Tour); and A Small Family Business, Is There Wi-Fi in Heaven and Island (National Theatre).
Director Adam Penford is joined by designer Robert Jones, musical director Torquil Munro, lighting designer Jack Knowles, sound designer Nick Lidster for Autograph, orchestrator Will Stuart, movement director Naomi Said, and video designer Duncan McLean.
Committee... (A New Musical) is the final production in the Donmar Warehouse’s spring Power Season.