Updated 19th July: Casting has just been announced for the show: featuring Natasha O'Brien (A Christmas Carol, Rose Theatre) as Eve / Mama, Stephen Barry (The Beautiful Game, Union Theatre) as Adam / Noah, Joey Dexter (This was the World and I Was King, Brockley Jack Theatre) as Father, Samantha Giffard (Little Shop of Horrors, Aberystwyth Arts Centre) as Aysha, Guy Woolf (The Tempest, Waterloo East) as Cain / Japeth, Nikita Johal (Princess Caraboo, Finborough Theatre) as Yonah, Susie Chaytow (She Loves Me, Landor Theatre) as Aphra, Daniel Miles (Grease, Silja Line Cruises) as Abel / Ham, Kris Marc-Joseph (See Rock City and Other Destinations, Union Theatre) as Seth/ Shem, Verity Burgess (Evita, West End) as Storyteller and Gabriel Mokake (Dreamgirls, West End) as Snake.
The Stephen Schwartz and John Caird musical Children of Eden is to be
revived at the new Union Theatre, 25 years after its original West End
Directed by Christian Durham, Children of Eden will open on 12th August (previews from 10th August) for a limited run to 10th September 2016.
Inspired by the Book of Genesis, CHILDREN OF EDEN tells the timeless
story of what it means to be a parent. From the moment you bring a child
into the world everything changes; you learn to protect, cherish, and
love unconditionally. But as they grow you have to learn one more thing;
to one day let them go. Featuring one of the most beautiful scores in
contemporary musical theatre from the composer of Godspell, Pippin and
Wicked, with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz with book by John Caird.
Children of Eden has a Book by John Caird, who with Trevor Nunn adapted and directed Les Misérables. His recent directorial credits include McQueen at the Haymarket Theatre, Tosca in Chicago and Houston, La Boheme in San Francisco and his own musical Daddy Long Legs off-Broadway. His work for the RSC included over 20 productions of classic and new plays including a co-production with Trevor Nunn of Nicholas Nickleby for which he received a Tony and Olivier Award.
Children of Eden is directed by Christian Durham, whose productions include Spend Spend Spend (Union Theatre), Just So (Bridewell Theatre), Debbie Does Dallas (Edinburgh Festival, E4 Udderbelly) and Taboo (UK Tour, Best Musical - MEN Awards). It is choreographed by Lucie Pankhurst whose recent work includes The Stripper (St James Theatre), The Toxic Avenger (Southwark Playhouse), The Busker's Opera (Park Theatre), Shock Treatment (Kings Head Theatre) and Dogfight (Southwark Playhouse). Design is by Kingsley Hall (Once Upon A Mattress, Patience, The Baker’s Wife - Union Theatre), Lighting Design by Nic Farman (The Stripper - St James Theatre, The Toxic Avenger -Southwark Playhouse) and Musical Direction by Inga Davis-Rutter (Spend, Spend, Spend and Love Story - Union Theatre).
Design will be by Kingsley Hall with lighting by Nic Farman and musical direction by Inga Davis-Rutter. Casting is to be announced.
Tickets on sale soon for Children of Eden