The return of the British musical to London will begin performances at the Southwark Playhouse from the 13th May.

(c)Photography Michael Wharley. Design Rebecca Pitt.

Casting has been announced for the upcoming revival of Lift, beginning performances at the Southwark Playhouse next month. Directed by Dean Johnson, the production is set to star X Factor finalist Luke Friend  (Footloose, American Idiot)  as Busker. He will be joined by West End star Hiba Elchikhe  (Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, Fiver), playing the role of Secretary.Meanwhile, the cast will also include: Kayleigh McKnight  (Heathers, Tina: The Tina Turner Musical)  in the the role of the French teacherJordan Broatch (Anyone Can Whistle) will play the role of Avatarwith Marco Titus (Mandela- A New Musical) playing the role of BYT. Making their professional debut Cameron Collins will play the Ballet Dancer, Tamara Morgan will play the role of the Lap Dancer and Chrissie Bhima  will play the role of Avatar.

LIFT is set in a London underground lift, in one man’s imagination, on its way to the surface during one minute. In the 54 seconds of the lift’s passage, we are taken on a much longer journey that reveals the people behind the masks they wear, the secrets they dare not speak, and the unrealised connections between them.

Dean Johnson, Director of LIFT said “Since we first began the journey of our revival of LIFT, we knew casting would be integral to how we could present the show as a snapshot of London in 2022. We had the most sensational audition process and the UK is certainly not short of incredible and diverse talent, and this allowed us to find an incredible group of people that can bring this story to life in a fresh way. I really believe our cast demonstrates how exciting the talent pool is in our industry with a mixture of established and incredible artists alongside fresh new faces. I really think they are going to blow the roof off Southwark Playhouse as a collective group of artists!

The creative team behind this production includes: musical Direction and new arrangements by Sam Young (White Christmas, The Man in the Ceiling) and Choreography by Annie Southall (The Jungle Book, The Boyfriend) and music and lyrics by Craig Adams and book by Ian Watson. Meanwhile, Andrew Exeter  is production designer (High Fidelity, Hair in Concert, Jon + Jen), Associate Designer os Natalia Alvarez, Assistant Design is by Xinyi Du, Assistant Direction is by Eden Howes and casting by Pearson Casting. .The musical was developed by Perfect Pitch and had a previous run at the Soho Theatre in 2013 starring Cynthia Erivo, Julie Atherton and George Maguire. 

LIFT will play at the Southwark Playhouse from the 13th May until the 18th June.