Lynn Nottage’s play will have a run at the Kiln Theatre from the 14th September.

The Kiln Theatre has announced full casting for the upcoming UK premiere of Mlima’s tale, which will run at the theatre until the 21st October 2023.

Directed by Miranda Cromwell, the production will star: Gabrielle Brooks (Githinji), Pui Fan Lee (Gouxi), Brandon Grace (Andrew), Natey Jones (Geedi) and Ira Mandela Siobhan (Mlima).

Gabrielle Brooks’ theatre credits include Once on This Island (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), Get Up Stand Up (Lyric Theatre), J’Ouvert (Harold Pinter Theatre) and  Anna Bella Eema (Arcola Theatre).

Pui Fan Lee has appeared on stage in productions of: Short, Fat, Ugly and Chinese (London, Hong Kong, Singapore, and later recorded for BBC Radio, winning the Commission for Racial Equality’s Race in Media Award), The Baby (The Bush), The Lower Depths (Cardboard Citizens), Jungle Book (Redgrave) and Moonshine (Hampstead Theatre).

Brandon Grace’s previous theatre credits include: Much Ado About Nothing (National Theatre), Kick, Abandon (Lyric Hammersmith), Rush (Baron’s Court Theatre), and Stacked (Almeida Young Company).

Natey Jones has previously appeared in productions of The Harder They Come (Public Theatre, New York), Get Up, Stand Up (Lyric Theatre), Rockets and Blue Lights (Royal Exchange Theatre), Death of a Salesman (Piccadilly Theatre) and  Small Island (National Theatre).

Ira Mandela Siobhan’s recent stage credits include: Robin Hood: The Legend. Re-Written (Regents Park Open Air Theatre), My Brilliant Friend (The National Theatre), Equus (ETT and Trafalgar Studios), The Lion The Witch & The Wardrobe (Leeds Playhouse) and My Brilliant Friend – Parts 1 & 2 (Rose Theatre Kingston).

From two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage (The Secret Life of Bees, Sweat), Mlima’s Tale makes its UK première at Kiln Theatre. They call him Mlima, the mountain. Killed for his magnificent tusks, killed for greed, killed for ivory, his spirit journeys through the ivory trade market, marking those complicit in his barbaric death.  

The production will feature designs by Amelia Jane Hankin, lighting design by Amy Mae, music composed by Femi Temowo, casting by Lotte Hines and voice and dialect coaching by Hazel Holder.

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