Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Further casting confirmed for Elegies For Angels, Punks and Raging Queens

Further casting has been announced for this Sunday's (31st May) one-night-only staging of Elegies For Angels, Punks and Raging Queens at the Criterion Theatre.

More than 30 of the West End’s most talented performers will take to the stage for the special performance in aid of The Make A Difference Trust, with direction by Stephen Whitson and musical direction by Dean Austin.

The cast features the likes of Madalena Alberto (Evita), Simon Bailey (I Can't Sing), Daniel Boys (Spamalot), Fra Fee (Les Miserables), Victoria Hamilton-Barritt (In The Heights), Emma Hatton (Wicked), Nick Hendrix (The Light Princess) and Emma Williams (Annie Get Your Gun).

The revised cast list features: Vivienne Acheampong, Madalena Alberto, Jade Anouka, Simon Bailey, Paul Baker, Sakinaah Boateng, Daniel Boys, Alexa Brown, Natalie Bush, James Charlton, Cassie Compton, Omari Douglas, Adam Colbeck Dunn, Michelle Crook, Fra Fee, Chris Ellis Stanton, Shai Forester, Sarah French, Tom Gillies, Rachel Lea Gray, Victoria Hamilton-Barritt, Emma Hatton, Paul Hazel, Nick Hendrix, Graham Hoadly, Freddy Hutchins, Lauren Ingram, Kurt Kansley, Emma Kingston, Jordan Langford, Emma Lindars, Leon Lopez, Ian McIntosh, Grace McKee, Michael McKell, Matt McKenna, Ako Mitchell, Ursula Mohan, Katie Paine, Michael Pickering, Ella Marshall-Pinder, Kelly Price, Grace Reynolds, Paul Riddiford, Oliver Saville, Adam Stafford, Julie Stark, Alwyne Taylor, Izabella Urbanowicz, Miles Western, Emma Williams, Gary Wood, Matthew Wycliffe. All cast members are subject to availability. 

Adam Stafford, Matthew Wycliffe, Gary Wood, Kurt Kansley, Graham Hoadly
Cassie Compton, Katie Paine, Emma Kingston, Kelly Price
Omari Douglas, Lauren Ingram, Jade Anouka, Nick Hendrix
Cast in rehearsals / Photo Credit: Darren Bell

Elegies For Angels, Punks and Raging Queens has music by Janet Hood and lyrics and additional text by Bill Russell. The work features songs and monologues inspired by the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt and Edgar Lee Masters' Spoon River Anthology. Each of the monologues is written from the perspective of characters who have died from AIDS and the songs represent the feelings of friends and family members dealing with the loss.

The piece was developed in the late 1980s and was originally titled "The Quilt." It was produced first at the Ohio Theatre in Soho in NYC in 1989, where the new title was adopted. In 1992, it was produced at the King's Head Theatre in London, where it played for several months. In June 1993, the production was transferred to the Criterion Theatre in London's West End. 

Bill Russell has adapted the piece over the years and has kindly given the producers the permission to be the first people to produce this "new version for the 21st century".

All profits will go The Make a Difference Trust. Originally founded as West End Cares in 1990 and later becoming Theatrecares, The Make A Difference Trust, raises funds for HIV and AIDS Projects that raise awareness and provide care, support and education in the UK and Sub-Saharan Africa.

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