Off-Broadway musical Yank! has transferred to London’s Charing Cross Theatre this summer just months after its acclaimed UK premiere run at Manchester’s Hope Mill Theatre. Here’s a look at Musical Theatre Review official photographer Roy Tan’s exclusive production images.
Second World War gay love story Yank! continues at the Charing Cross Theatre until Saturday 19 August. The musical has a book and lyrics by David Zellnik and music by his brother Joseph. The musical debuted as a workshop production in 2005 as part of the New York Musical Theatre Festival. Following on from an award-winning full production in Brooklyn in 2007, the show made its Off-Broadway debut in 2010.
Just months after starring in the acclaimed UK premiere run of the show at Manchester’s Hope Mill Theatre, Scott Hunter has returned to the central role of Stu.
He is joined by Andy Coxon as Mitch, Waylon Jacobs as Sarge/Scarlet and Bradley Judge who plays Rotelli.
The rest of the company is completed by members of the original Manchester production: Benjamin Cupit who made his professional debut in the Hope Mill production; Lee Dillon-Stuart; Chris Kiely; Kris Marc-Joseph; Mark Paterson; Tom Pepper; and singer/actress Sarah-Louise Young.
Directed by James Baker, the London transfer of the show is produced by Katy Lipson for Aria Entertainment, Hope Mill Theatre, and Ben Millerman with Jim Kierstead and Guy James.
The show’s creative team also includes musical director James Cleeve; choreographer Chris Cuming; designer Victoria Hinton; lighting designer Aaron J. Dootson; sound designer Chris Bogg; and casting director Ben Newsome.
Yank! was the first production in the second season of shows from the successful partnership between Manchester’s Hope Mill Theatre and London arts producer Aria Entertainment.
After attracting positive reviews for their version of the classic rock musical Hair at the end of last year, Hope Mill and Aria recently announced that show will also transfer to London’s The Vaults in October, marking the 50th anniversary of the cult show.
The brainchild of Joseph Houston and William Whelton, the 120-seat Hope Mill Theatre in the Ancoats area of Manchester opened in December last year and is part of a converted Grade II listed former cotton mill that also houses studios for writers, artists and designers; events space and a café and bar.
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Interview – Scott Hunter on telling the ‘beautifully human’ story of Yank! at the Charing Cross Theatre.
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