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Jacob Fowler joins Vanara musical world premiere

The show opens in a matter of days

Jacob Fowler and Matthew Croke

Jacob Fowler, who appeared on Little Mix: The Search last year, has joined the upcoming world premiere of the Vanara musical at Hackney Empire.

Fowler will replace Matthew Croke (who has had to drop out of the show for Covid-related reasons) in the epic dystopic piece. He joins a cast including Glenn Carter, Johnnie Fiori, Carole Stennett, Cavin Cornwall and Emily Bautista, who will be making her London debut after appearing in Les Misérables on Broadway.

Also in the cast are Samantha Mercer, Kayleigh McKnight, Joaquin Pedro Valdes and Shem Omari James. The production will feature an ensemble composed of Jemima Brown, Chris George, Yuki Abe, Olivia Jones, Ella Martine, HIcaro Nicolai, Prem Rai, and Ebby Sama.

With a score by Gianluca Cucchiara, lyrics by Andrew James Whelan, and book by Michael Conley, the piece is set "on another earth in another time" and follows two tribes battling it out as disaster threatens to destroy their planet.

The production will be co-directed by Adam Lenson and Eleesha Drennan, who will also take on the roles of dramaturg and choreographer, respectively. Joining them on the creative team are set and costume designer Libby Todd, musical director Tamara Saringer, orchestrator Jen Green, casting director Harry Blumenau and producers Giovanna Romagnoli and Gianluca Cucchiara.

Running from 22 to 31 October, the show is then set to tour in 2022.

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