In The Heights extends run at King’s Cross Theatre for a third time

Sam Mackay in In the Heights at the King’s Cross Theatre, London. Picture: Johan Persson

Sam Mackay in In the Heights at the King’s Cross Theatre, London. Picture: Johan Persson

Initially booking for a limited four-week run, Tony Award-winning Broadway musical In The Heights has extended its run at King’s Cross Theatre for a third time, now booking for an additional six months until Sunday 30 October 2016. Tickets for the new booking period are on sale now. In The Heights returns to London following a critically acclaimed sell-out UK premiere at Southwark Playhouse in 2014.

In The Heights opened at Broadway’s Richard Rodgers Theatre in 2008 where it was nominated for 13 Tony Awards, winning four for Best Musical, Best Original Score, Best Choreography and Best Orchestrations. It also won the 2009 Grammy Award for its Original Broadway Cast Album and was nominated for the 2009 Pulitzer Prize in Drama.

The cast currently features David Bedella (The Rocky Horror Show) as Kevin, Josie Benson (Sweeney Todd) as Camila, Vas Constanti (Flashdance) as Piragua Guy, Jade Ewen (Sugababes) as Vanessa, Lily Frazer (Cats) as Nina, Philippa Stefani (Ghost the Musical) as Daniela, Sam Mackay (Wonder.land) as Usnavi, Antoine Murray-Straughan (Cats) as Graffiti Pete, Sarah Naudi as Carla, Eve Polycarpou (Mother Courage and Her Children) as Abuela, Joe Aaron Reid (Ghost, Broadway) as Benny and Cleve September (professional debut) as Sonny. The cast also includes Jocasta Almgill, Courtney-Mae Briggs, Michael Cortez, Gabriela Garcia, Reiss Hinds, Alexandra Sarmiento and Spin.

Lin-Manuel Miranda is the Tony-winning composer-lyricist of In The Heights. He also originated the lead role of Usnavi for which he received a Tony-Award nomination for Best Leading Actor in a Musical. Lin-Manuel is currently starring in the title role in his newest musical Hamilton, which had its world premiere at The Public Theater in January 2015 before transferring to Broadway’s Richard Rodgers Theatre in July 2015. The production has so far received a record-breaking ten Lortel Awards, three Outer Critic Circle Awards, eight Drama Desk Awards, the 2015 New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best New Musical and the 2015 OBIE Award for Best New American Play. 

In The Heights is directed by Luke Sheppard whose recent credits include Casa Valentina (Southwark Playhouse), Oliver! (Watermill Theatre), Adrian Mole (Curve Theatre), Next Fall (Southwark Playhouse), Bed And Sofa (Finborough Theatre) and Jet Set Go! (Jermyn Street Theatre). Sheppard is also associate director of Matilda in the West End and on Broadway.

It is choreographed by Drew McOnie, who won the 2015 Off West End Award for Best Choreography for In The Heights at Southwark Playhouse. Recent credits include The Lorax (Old Vic), Hairspray (UK tour), Bugsy Malone (Lyric Hammersmith), Oklahoma! (UK tour), Chicago (Curve Theatre) and Drunk (Bridewell Theatre). McOnie is also the artistic director of The McOnie Company and an associate artist at The Old Vic, for which he is currently creating a new dance-thriller version of Jekyll and Hyde.

n the Heights is conceived by Lin-Manuel Miranda with music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda and a book by Quiara Alegría Hudes. It is directed by Luke Sheppard with choreography by Drew McOnie, musical supervision by Tom Deering (Made in DagenhamFrom Here to Eternity), set design by takis (Chicago, Curve Theatre), costume design by Gabriella Slade (Alice in Wonderland, Oxford Playhouse), lighting design by Howard Hudson (Adrian MoleTitanic) and sound design by Gareth Owen. It is produced in London by Tristan Baker and Charlie Parsons for Runaway Entertainment Ltd and Paul Taylor Mills Ltd.

Tickets for In the Heights are available HERE.

Readers may also be interested in:

Interview – In the Heights director Luke Sheppard

Interview – Altar Boyz producer Paul Taylor-Mills is hitting the Heights

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