Guys & Dolls

A Royal Exchange Theatre and Talawa Theatre Company co-production.

Guys & Dolls

A musical fable of Broadway based on the story and characters of Damon Runyon

Music and lyrics by Frank Loesser

Book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows

Directed by Michael Buffong


2 December – 27 January 2018

Press Night: 7 December 7.30pm – The Royal Exchange Theatre


When the stakes are high the bets get even higher – Damon Runyon’s infamous stories of the New York underworld capture the allure of secrecy and the romance of living on the edge. 

This Christmas the musical fable Guys & Dolls is transported to Harlem during its renaissance, and bursts into seductive life with unforgettable songs including LUCK BE A LADY, SIT DOWN YOU'RE ROCKING THE BOAT, and the irresistibly infectious title number - which all come together to create the perfect celebratory night out.

This co-production between Royal Exchange Theatre and Talawa Theatre Company sees director Michael Buffong shift the action of this classic musical to the streets of Harlem during one of New York City’s most significant cultural awakenings. With choreography from Kenrick ‘H2O’ Sandy GUYS AND DOLLS bursts onto the Royal Exchange Theatre's stage this Christmas from 2 December27 January 2018

  • Michael Buffong, Artistic Director, Talawa Theatre Company

    "Having fun is a big part of who we are. And with Guys & Dolls we intend to do just that; expect great song and dance numbers, superb music, awesome spectacle and a very special sense of occasion as we take to the stage in this dazzling Royal Exchange Theatre and Talawa Theatre Company co-production.”

  • Michael Buffong is the Artistic Director of Talawa Theatre Company. His credits for the Royal Exchange Theatre include the critically acclaimed KING LEAR, ALL MY SONS (with Don Warrington) and A RAISIN IN THE SUN. Other theatre credits include: GOD’S PROPERTY (Talawa Theatre Company, Soho Theatre and the Albany); THE SERPENT’S TOOTH (Talawa Theatre Company and Almeida Theatre); MOON ON A RAINBOW SHAWL (Royal National Theatre).

    Kenrick ‘H2O’ Sandy is Co-Founder & Co-Artistic Director of Boy Blue Entertainment, Associate Artists of the Barbican, and one of the top choreographers and performers in the UK urban, commercial and theatrical scenes. Kenrick’s credits are extensive and include theatre, TV and film, both nationally and internationally.  BBE’s most recent work, BLAK WHYTE GRAY, is nominated for an Olivier Award for Best New Dance Production.

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