Susie McKenna is set to direct the first major London revival of the musical at the Kiln Theatre from the 18th July.

Casting has been announced for the upcoming production of Blues in the Night, which will open for previews at the Kiln Theatre from the 18th July.

Susie McKenna is set to direct Sharon D Clarke (The Lady),Debbie Kurup (The Woman), Clive Rowe (The Man) and Gemma Sutton (The Girl) in this first major London revival of the musical in thirty years.

Chicago 1939. One man, three women, their lives, memories and the sweet music that gets them through the night.

The Olivier and Tony Award nominated musical is a scorching compilation of 26 hot and torchy blues numbers that frame the lives and loves of four residents of a downtown hotel. Featuring soul-filled songs by blues and jazz icons Bessie Smith, Duke Ellington, Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen and many more, this will be a sizzling night to remember. 

Having previously appeared in The Wolf in Snakeskin Shoes at the Kiln Theatre, Sharon D Clarke returns to the theatre to play The Lady. Her numerous theatre credits include Death of a Salesman (Young Vic), Caroline, or Change (Chichester Festival Theatre, Hampstead Theatre, Playhouse Theatre) and The Life (Southwark Playhouse).

Debbie Kurup’s theatre credits includes Sweet Charity (Donmar Warehouse), Girl From The North Country (The Old Vic/ Noël Coward Theatre), The Threepenny Opera (National Theatre), Anything Goes (Sheffield Theatres/UK Tour), The Bodyguard (Olivier Award nomination for Best Performance in a Supporting Role in a Musical – Adelphi Theatre), Chicago (Cambridge Theatre/ Adelphi Theatre), Sister Act (London Palladium), West Side Story (Prince of Wales Theatre),Tonight’s The Night (Victoria Palace), Rent (Prince of Wales Theatre/UK tour), Fame (UK tour) and Guys and Dolls (Sheffield Theatres).

Meanwhile, Clive Rowe’s stage credits include The Wind in The Willows (UK tour), Guys and Dolls (Royal Albert Hall), Me and My Girl(Chichester Festival Theatre), Jack and the Beanstalk (Wimbledon Theatre), The Light Princess (National Theatre), The Hothouse (Trafalgar Studios), The Ladykillers (West End and UK tour) and Kiss Me Kate (Chichester Festival Theatre/The Old Vic).

Gemma Sutton’s numerous theatre credits include Follies (National Theatre), Sweet Charity (The Watermill Theatre), The Rink (Offie Award for Female Performance in a Musical – Southwark Playhouse), A Christmas Carol the Musical (LMTO), Strictly Ballroom (West Yorkshire Playhouse/ Royal Alexandra Theatre, Toronto) and The Go Between (Apollo Theatre).

As well as being directed by Susie McKenna, the creative team for the production is set to include design by Robert Jones, lighting design by Neil Austin, choreography by Frank Thompson, costume design by Lottie Collett, and sound design by Avgoustos Psilla.

Blues in the Night will play at the Kiln Theatre from the 18th July until the 7th September.


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