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Cast and dates announced for immersive Parade in world's oldest paper mill

The Tony Award-winning musical will open in September

Frogmore papermill
Frogmore paper mill
© Jamie Scott

Dates and cast have been announced for the upcoming production of Jason Robert Brown and Alfred Uhry's Parade.

The production, which will be staged in the world's oldest working paper mill, will run between 7 and 16 September.

The Frogmore Papermill will host Vivo D'Arte's immersive staging of the production, where audiences follow actors through the building. Connor Dyer will play the role of Leo Frank, with Sherelle Kelleher as his wife Lucille. Philippa Rose plays Mary Phagan with Tre Copeland-Williams playing Jim Conley.

The piece tells the true story of the trial and lynching of Leo Frank, a Brooklyn-born Jew living in Atlanta, for the murder of his 13 year-old employee Mary Phagan in 1913.

The piece will be directed by Dan Cowtan and the rest of the cast includes Dylan Wynford (Bright Young Things, The Other Palace) as Frankie Epps, Thomas Isherwood (Fiddler on the Roof, Grange Park) as Hugh Dorsey, Richard Mellion as Governor John Slaton, Danny Lane (Miracle on 34th Street, UK Tour) as Tom Watson/Old Soldier and Luca Hlaing as Judge Roan.

Joining them will be Elise Allanson as Mrs Phagan, Cameron Hay (Road Show, Union Theatre) as Britt Craig, Krishanana Parker (The Colour Purple, Cadagon Hall) as Minola "Minnie" McKnight, Jacob Yolland as Newt Lee, Ross Hadley as Luther Rosser, Lawrence Smith as Young Soldier, Zacky Agama as Riley, Esme Sears as Angela, Charlie-Jade Jones (State Fair, London Musical Theatre Orchestra) as Iola Stover, Megan Ellis as Monteen, Lauren Edwards as Essie and Beaux Harris as Sally Slaton.

Parade runs at Frogmore Papermill in Apsley from 7 to 16 September.