First all-black Guys and Dolls cast at Royal Exchange

David Chadderton

Michael Buffong will return to Manchester's Royal Exchange Theatre to direct Frank Loesser's hit musical with an all-black cast led by Ray Fearon as Nathan Detroit.

This co-production with Talawa Theatre Company will transfer the show to 1939 Harlem and also includes on the production team hip-hop dancer and choreographer Kenrick 'H20' Sandy.

Alongside Fearon will be Ashley Zhangazha as Sky Masterson, Abiona Omonua as Sarah Brown and Lucy Vandi as Miss Adelaide.

The rest of the cast comprises Koko Basigara, Toyan Thomas-Browne, Nathanael Campbell, Darren Charles, Ewen Cummins, Chelsey Emery, Evonnee Bentley-Holder, Kurt Kansley, Danielle Kassaraté, Fela Lufadeju, Melanie Marshall, Ako Mitchell, Javar Parker, Joe Speare, Jaime Tait, Trevor A Toussaint and T'shan Williams.

Director Michael Buffong said, "pre-war Harlem was all about the hustle. The creativity of that era was born from a unique collision of talent and circumstance as people escaped the agricultural and oppressive South via the 'underground railroad' into the highly urbanised and industrialised North.

"Much of our popular culture, from dance to music, has its roots in that period. Our Guys and Dolls brings all of this to the fore, in superb, celebratory style."

Guys and Dolls will be at the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester from 2 December 2017 to 27 January 2018.