Play On


  • What does it take for a woman to make it in a man's world?

    Meet Vy, a talented songwriter looking to make it big in the 1940's Harlem scene. She quickly learns from her uncle Jester that women will never be taken seriously in a man’s world. But, like many a strong hero, she refuses to accept defeat. Through her gender fluid cunning, she meets club owner The Duke and sensational nightclub singer Lady Liv and is swept up in a syncopated symphony of melodies, mistaken identities and romance. Who will come out on top?

    Play On! is set in the jazz scene of New York's Cotton Club. This stylish retelling of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, directed by Talawa’s Artistic Director Michael Buffong (A Kind of People, Royal Court; All My Sons, Talawa and Royal Exchange) fuses the thrilling music of Duke Ellington with street dance choreography. Prepare to be wowed by this musical spectacular that will have your toes tapping and hands clapping along to the timeless soundtrack.

    Tickets available across the UK now. Book using links below

  • Talawa’s Black Joy season presents:
    Play On!
    A new Jazz musical
    Based on Shakespeare’s
    “Twelfth Night”
    Conceived by Sheldon Epps and Book by Cheryl L.West
    Music by Duke Ellington
    Produced by Talawa Theatre Company and The Belgrade Theatre
    Co-produced with Birmingham Hippodrome, Bristol Old Vic, Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse, Lyric Hammersmith Theatre and Wiltshire Creative
    Artwork by Feast Creative

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