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Haydn Gwynne and Oklahoma! casting announced in Chichester Festival Theatre season

A new round of casting has been announced for Chichester Festival Theatre’s 2019 season

Emmanuel Kojo, Haydn Gwynne and Bronté Barbé will all feature in the new season
Emmanuel Kojo, Haydn Gwynne and Bronté Barbé will all feature in the new season
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New casting has been announced for Chichester Festival Theatre's 2019 season.

The complete ensemble has been revealed for Jeremy Sams' revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein's classic musical Oklahoma!, which opens in July. Joining the previously announced Josie Lawrence, Amara Okereke and Hyoie O'Grady will be Bronté Barbé (Beautiful) as Ado Annie, Isaac Gryn (Bugsy Malone) as Will Parker and Emmanuel Kojo (Show Boat) as Jud Fry, while Scott Karim (The Country Wife) returns to the venue to play Ali Hakim.

The cast is completed by Michelle Andrews, Georgie Ashford, Lindsay Atherton, Imogen Bailey, Jeremy Batt, Alex Christian, Nicolas Colicos, Christopher Dickins, Paige Fenlon, Alyn Hawke, Bethany Huckle, Emily Langham, Michael Lin, Rory Shafford, Jak Skelly, Rhys West and Anna Woodside.

It has also been announced that Haydn Gwynne (Billy Elliot) will take on the title role in Cordelia Lynn's adaptation of Ibsen's Hedda Gabler, entitled Hedda Tesman. Directed by Holly Race Roughan, the co-production with Headlong and The Lowry will run from 30 August to 28 September, before transferring to Salford where it runs from 3 to 19 October.

Casting has also been announced for Kate Hewitt's revival of David Hare's Plenty. Rory Keenan (Peaky Blinders) will join the previously announced Rachael Stirling in the piece, alongside Anthony Calf, Yolanda Kettle, Micah Balfour, Alan Booty, Raphael Desprez, Gemma Dobson, Philippe Edwards, Louise Mai Newberry, Macy Nyman, Nick Sampson, Rupert Young and Ozzie Yue. The revival runs from 7 to 29 June.

Further casting has also been announced for The Deep Blue Sea. Joining Nancy Carroll, Hadley Fraser and Gerald Kyd are Denise Black as Mrs Elton, Matthew Cottle as Mr Miller, Ralph Davis, Helena Wilson and Laurence Ubong Williams. Rattigan's play runs from 21 June to 27 July and is directed by Paul Foster.