Play On!

Author(s): Conceived by Sheldon Epps, book by Cheryl L West, music by Duke Ellington Company: Lyric Hammersmith Theatre, Talawa Theatre Company, Belgrade Theatre, Birmingham Hippodrome, Bristol Old Vic, Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse, and Wiltshire Creative
Venue: Salisbury Playhouse, Salisbury Dates:

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A new Jazz musical based on Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night.

What does it take for a woman to make it in a man’s world?

Meet Vy, a talented songwriter looking to make it big in the 1940s Harlem scene. She quickly learns from her uncle Jester that women will never be taken seriously in a man’s world. But, like many a strong hero, she refuses to accept defeat. Through her gender-fluid cunning, she meets club owner The Duke and sensational nightclub singer Lady Liv and is swept up in a syncopated symphony of melodies, mistaken identities and romance. Who will come out on top?

Play On! is set in the jazz scene of New York’s Cotton Club. This retelling of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, directed by Talawa’s Artistic Director Michael Buffong (A Kind of People, Royal Court; All My Sons, Talawa and Royal Exchange) fuses the music of Duke Ellington with street dance choreography.

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Venue: Lyric Hammersmith, London Dates:
Venue: Bristol Old Vic, Bristol Dates:

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