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Idris Elba and Kwame Kwei-Armah's Tree at Manchester International Festival and Young Vic full cast announced

The show runs in Manchester and London this summer

Kurt Egyiawan, Alfred Enoch and Sinéad Cusack
Kurt Egyiawan, Alfred Enoch and Sinéad Cusack
© Dan Wooller for WhatsOnStage

The cast joining the previously announced Alfred Enoch has been announced for the world premiere of Idris Elba and Kwame Kwei-Armah's Tree, which runs as part of the Manchester International Festival before transferring to the Young Vic.

The piece is directed by Kwei-Armah and is inspired by Elba's album Mi Mandela, which was first released in 2014 and was prompted following the actor's performance as Nelson Mandela in Long Walk to Freedom.

The full cast will be composed of Christian Bradley (Orpheus Descending), Lucy Briggs-Owen (Out of Water), Sinéad Cusack (King Lear), Kurt Egyiawan (Mood Music), Enoch, dancer Anna-Kay Alicia Gayle, Joan Iyiola (The Duchess of Malfi), Anthony Matsena (Sadler's Wells young associate), dancer Daniella May, Patrice Naiambana (Barber Shop Chronicles), Mbulelo Ndabeni (director of N'da Dance Company) and dancer and choreographer Andile Sotiya.

The blend of drama, music and dance follows Kaleo (Enoch) journey into the soul of contemporary South Africa. Jon Bausor designs, Gregory Maqoma choreographs, Jon Clark lights the production, Paul Arditti is sound designer and Duncan McLean is video designer. The show runs between 4 and 13 July before heading for a run at the Young Vic from 29 July.