Full casting has been revealed for Children of Eden, which returns to London 25 years after its original West End production, playing at the Union Theatre from Wednesday 10 August, with a press night on Friday 12 August 2016.
The cast features Natasha O‘Brien (A Christmas Carol, Rose Theatre) as Eve/Mama, Stephen Barry (The Beautiful Game, Union Theatre) as Adam/Noah, Joey Dexter (This was the World and I Was King, Brockley Jack Theatre) as Father, Samantha Giffard (Little Shop of Horrors, Aberystwyth Arts Centre) as Aysha, Guy Woolf (The Tempest, Waterloo East) as Cain/Japeth, Nikita Johal (Princess Caraboo, Finborough Theatre) as Yonah, Susie Chaytow (She Loves Me, Landor Theatre) as Aphra, Daniel Miles (Grease, Silja Line Cruises) as Abel/Ham, Kris Marc-Joseph (See Rock City and Other Destinations, Union Theatre) as Seth/Shem, Verity Burgess (Evita, West End) as Storyteller and Gabriel Mokake (Dreamgirls, West End) as Snake.
Inspired by the Book of Genesis, Children of Eden tells the timeless story of what it means to be a parent. From the moment you bring a child into the world everything changes; you learn to protect, cherish, and love unconditionally. But as they grow you have to learn one more thing; to one day let them go.
Children of Eden has music and lyrics by acclaimed composer Stephen Schwartz, who is perhaps best known for his mega-hit musical Wicked which continues to play on Broadway and in the West End. A big screen adaptation of Wicked is also in development. Schwartz has contributed lyrics to films including Pocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Enchanted, and his other stage musicals include Godspell and Pippin. Schwartz was recently given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame.
The show also has a book by John Caird (based on a concept by Charles Lisanby), who with Trevor Nunn adapted and directed Les Misérables. His recent directorial credits include McQueen at the Haymarket Theatre, Tosca in Chicago and Houston, La Boheme in San Francisco and his own musical Daddy Long Legs Off-Broadway. His work for the RSC included over 20 productions of classic and new plays including a co-production with Trevor Nunn of Nicholas Nickleby for which he received a Tony and Olivier Award.
Children of Eden is directed by Christian Durham, whose productions include Spend Spend Spend (Union Theatre), Just So (Bridewell Theatre), Debbie Does Dallas (Edinburgh Festival, E4 Udderbelly) and Taboo (UK tour). It is choreographed by Lucie Pankhurst whose recent work includes The Stripper (St James Theatre), The Toxic Avenger(Southwark Playhouse), The Busker’s Opera (Park Theatre), Shock Treatment (Kings Head Theatre) and Dogfight(Southwark Playhouse). Design is by Kingsley Hall (Once Upon a Mattress, Patience, The Baker’s Wife – Union Theatre), lighting design by Nic Farman (The Stripper – St James Theatre, The Toxic Avenger – Southwark Playhouse) and musical direction by Inga Davis-Rutter (Spend, Spend, Spend and Love Story – Union Theatre).
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