Emmie Newitt

Cast announced for WEDDING BAND at the Lyric Hammersmith

The UK premiere begins performances at the end of next month.

wedding band lyric hammersmithDeborah Ayorinde and David Walmsley in a promotional image for Wedding Band: A Love/Hate Story in Black and White, © Spencer Murphy

The cast has been announced for Alice Childress' Wedding Band which performs at the Lyric Hammersmith from 31 May - 29 June.

Monique Touko directs the production and returns to the Lyric following the smash-hit production of School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play.

Leading the cast will be Deborah Ayorinde (Riches, Harriet) as Julia and David Walmsley (Slow Horses, Blood Wedding) as Herman, alongside Geraldine Alexander (Bridgerton, Sea Creatures) as Thelma, Lachele Carl (A Streetcar Named Desire, The Trick) as Fanny, Poppy Gilbert (Perfect Addiction, The Catch) as Annabelle, Diveen Henry (Hang, I Think We Are Alone) as Lula, Patrick Martins (Small Town Big Story, Falling For the Life of Alex Whelan) as Nelson, Bethan Mary-James (Meetings, Trouble in Butetown) as Mattie and Owen Whitelaw (Get Millie Black, My Son) as Bell Man.

Children’s roles will be shared by Lylianna Eugene (Secret Invasion) as Teeta, Poppy Graham (Don’t Let the Bed Bugs Bite) as Princess, Saskia Holness (Champion) as Teeta, and Wren Stembridge (Leonora In The Morning Light) as Princess.

What is WEDDING BAND about?

Set in 1918 in the deep south of the United States, Wedding Band depicts an intense interracial romance. Known for being a pioneering play, it examines the brutalising effect of anti-miscegenation laws and offers a stark reflection of Childress' reality as a writer working in the Civil Rights era. Premiering in the UK next month, this is a major revival that will expose the audiences to themes of race and class.

Book WEDDING BAND tickets

Wedding Band runs for a limited run at the Lyric Hammersmith and will encourage you to question the devastating impact of unjust laws on ordinary lives.

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