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Blues for an Alabama Sky to open in the Lyttelton theatre in September 2022

Blues for an Alabama Sky cast montage with photos of Samira Wiley, Ronke Adékoluejo, Osy Ikhile, Sule Rimi and Giles Terera

Blues for an Alabama Sky is a startling play set in 1930 during the Harlem renaissance, about four friends whose lives and passions collide when a newcomer from Alabama arrives. Tickets will go on sale in May. 

Samira Wiley, the Emmy-winning American actress from The Handmaid's Tale, makes her National Theatre debut this autumn as Angel Allen. She’s joined by Giles Terera, who originated the role of Aaron Burr in the West End’s Hamilton and featured in our original film Death of England: Face to Face. He plays Guy Jacobs. 

Pearl Cleage’s play is directed by Lynette Linton, Artistic Director of the Bush Theatre, who makes her National Theatre debut. It opens in the Lyttelton theatre in September 2022, with tickets on sale in May. 

The cast also features: Ronke Adékoluejo (Three Sisters) as Delia Patterson, Osy Ikhile (Sweat) as Leland Cunningham, Sule Rimi (Barber Shop Chronicles) as Sam Thomas and Giles Terera (Death of England: Face to Face) performing the role of Guy Jacobs 

Set and costume design by Frankie Bradshaw, lighting designer is Oli Fenwick, movement director is Kane Husbands, composer is Ben Kwasi Burrell, sound designer is George Dennis and Wigs, Hair and Make-up Designer is Cynthia De La Rosa. Tickets for Blues for an Alabama Sky will go on sale in May. 

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