Burnt Lemon Theatre’s production is set to tour the UK from the 16th September until the 30th October.
Casting has now been confirmed for the upcoming UK tour of Tokyo Rose co-written by Maryhee Yoon and Cara Baldwin and diretced by Hannah Benson.
The all-female cast for the production is set to include Kanako Nakano (Miss Saigon, West End; Priscilla Queen of the Desert, West End) Maya Britto (Tokyo Rose, New Diorama Theatre/Edinburgh Fringe; Arabian Nights,
Hoxton Hall) in the titular role, Lucy Park (Tokyo Rose, New Diorama Theatre/Edinburgh Fringe; Game Face, Q Theatre/Tristan Bates Theatre), Yuki Sutton (Tokyo Rose, New Diorama Theatre/Edinburgh Fringe; Satanic Panic ’87, Channel 4), Amy Parker (Ride, Vault Festival; Dancing By Myself, King’s Head Theatre), and Cara Baldwin (The Marathon Project, online; The Half Moon Shania, Zoo Venues/Vault Festival).
Turn back the dial to 1949.Iva Toguri is charged with treason in one of the most controversial trials in American history. Iva stands accused of being the notorious ‘Tokyo Rose’, a Japanese wartime disc jockey who broadcast Axis propaganda to the Allied forces in the Pacific. But was Iva the villain she was made out to be?
This new musical was first commissioned by the New Diorama Theatre and Underbelly as part of the Untapped Award, receiving its premiere at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2019.
Talking about the production, co-writer Maryhee Yoon says: “The most important part of Tokyo Rose is that Iva Toguri D’Aquino lived. She was here. I hope to tell Iva’s story in a way that she would have wanted,
honouring her heartbreaks, her fight, her family, and her joys to honour our collective fight and
radical joy. Just like Iva, our community is here and it is thriving. I hope that Tokyo Rose can
serve as a love letter to this vibrant community.”
The creative team behind the production also includes: additional book by Jonathan Man, Hannah Benson and William Patrick Harrison, dramaturgy by Haruka Ueda, Benson and Man, composition by Harrison, vocal arrangements by Benson, production by Tanya Agarwal, set design by Luke W Robson, lighting by Holly Ellis, production management by LBRDR, costume by Erin Guan and publicity design by Rebecca Pitt.
The production is set to open at the MAST Mayflower Studios on the 16th September before transferring to London’s Southwark Playhouse from the 23rd September until the 16th October, before continuing to tour until the 30th October.
To find out more and to book tickets visit: https://www.burntlemontheatre.com/tokyo-rose