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Jesus Hopped the 'A' Train, Wild East and The Jumper Factory at the Young Vic casting announced

The new year includes a revival of the Olivier Award-nominated ”Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train”

The cast of Jesus Hopped the 'A' Train
The cast of Jesus Hopped the 'A' Train
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Casting for three 2019 productions at the Young Vic has been announced.

The new revival of Pulitzer-winner Stephen Adly Guirgis' Jesus Hopped the 'A' Train, directed by JMK Award-winner Kate Hewitt, will feature Oberon K A Adjepong (Good Grief) as Lucius Jenkins, Matthew Douglas (King Lear) as D'Amico, Dervla Kirwan (King Lear) as Mary Jane Hanrahan, Ukweli Roach (Nightfall) as Angel Cruz and Joplin Sibtain (The Beaux' Stratagem) as Valdez.

Set in a lockdown wing of a prison, the piece follows a young man accused of murdering a cult leader. It was nominated for an Olivier Award in 2003. Hewitt's revival will have design by Magda Willi, costumes by Kinnetia Isidore, lighting by Guy Hoare, sound by Peter Price, movement by Imogen Knight and casting by Julia Horan and Jim Carnahan. It runs from 14 February to 30 March.

In the Clare Theatre space, Genesis Future Directors Award-winner Lekan Lawal will direct a new revival of April de Angelis' Wild East from 6 to 16 February. Appearing in the show will be Lucy Briers (Forty Years On), Zach Wyatt (I and You) and Kemi-Bo Jacobs (The Sweet Science of Bruising).

Wild East, about an anarchic office environment, will have design by Sarah Beaton, lighting by Amy Mae, sound by Harry Blake and casting by Charlotte Sutton

Casting has also been announced for Luke Barnes' The Jumper Factory, which runs in the Maria space from 27 February to 9 March. Directed by Josh Parr and conceived by Justin Audibert and the Young Vic Taking Part, the piece was created alongside HMP Wandsworth to explore how young people's lives can be affected by the criminal justice system. The cast is composed of Ayomide Adegun, Raphael Akuwudike, Jake Mills, Rushand Chambers, Pierre Moullier and Tej Obano.

The show has sound by Mike Winship, lighting by Jess Glaisher and costume by Catherine Kodicek.