Cast revealed for musical theatre online festival
14 April 2021
Reporter: Steve Orme
A “spectacular company of international stars” has been confirmed for Paul Taylor-Mills’ annual festival of new musical theatre, MTFestUK 2021.
The full line-up features Tori Allen-Martin, Luke Bayer, Jenna Boyd, Alex Cardall, Jessica Cervi, Chris Chung, Matthew Croke, Allie Daniel, Cory English, Aminita Francis, Scott Garnham, Tiffany Graves, Beth Hinton-Lever, Aimee Hodnett, Jazz Jenkins, Nadine-Rose Johnson, Reuben Joseph, Eleanor Kane, Caroline Kay, Emma Kingston, Gemma Knight Jones, Melanie La Barrie, Marie Lawrence, Simon Lipkin, Andrew Lippa, Nathan Lorainey-Dineen, Tim Mahendran, Ako Mitchell, Kyran Mitchell-Nanton, Grace Mouat, Phoebe Panaretos, Bryce Pinkham, Sharon Rose, Robert Saunders, Cleve September, Sharon Sexton, Robin Simões da Silva, Nicola Sloane, Jodie Steele, Scarlett Strallen, Sebastien Torkia and Paul Thornley.
The eight new musicals in the 2021 festival line-up are Far From Heaven with book by Richard Greenberg, music by Scott Frankel and lyrics by Michael Korie; #50days, created and written by Thabo Stuck; The Man In the Ceiling, with music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa and book by Jules Feiffer; Elliot Clay’s Millennials; HouseFire with book and lyrics by Poppy Burton Morgan and music by Felix Hagan; Cake with music and lyrics by Jack McManus and Tasha Taylor-Johnson and book and lyrics by Morgan Lloyd Malcolm; Caroline Kay’s Daisy; and Tony! (A Tony Blair Rock Opera) with book and lyrics by Harry Hill and Steve Brown who also composes the music.
Taylor-Mills was behind the inaugural MTFestUK at The Other Palace, London in 2019 which was followed in 2020 by a season at The Turbine Theatre, Battersea power station.
The 2021 festival will run from Monday 17 until Saturday 29 May at The Turbine Theatre, London, before going on a “digital” UK tour taking in Norwich Theatre Royal, the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry and Birmingham Hippodrome from Monday 31 May until Sunday 6 June; Mayflower Theatre, Southampton and the Mercury Theatre, Colchester from Monday 7 until Sunday 13 June; Curve Theatre, Leicester and Dundee Repertory Theatre from Monday 14 until Sunday 20 June; New Wolsey Theatre and Theatre Clwyd from Monday 21 until Sunday 27 June; Royal and Derngate, Northampton, Sheffield Theatres and The Lowry, Salford from Monday 28 June until Sunday 4 July.
Details on how to stream individual shows are available at the Royal and Derngate web site.