Mykola Allen, Harriet Ballard and More Join Matthew Kelly in TO SIR WITH LOVE, Beg. Tonight
In To Sir With Love, joining the previously announced Olivier Award winning actor Matthew Kelly (Florian), are Mykola Allen (Denham), Harriet Ballard (Monica), Peta Cornish (Gillian), Kerron Darby (Seales), Ansu Kabia (Ricky),Paul Kemp (Weston), Heather Nicol (Pamela) and Nicola Reynolds (Clinty).
The World Premiere of To Sir With Love is a Touring Consortium Theatre Company/ Royal & Derngate Northampton co-production, written by E R Braithwaite and adapted by Ayub Khan Din (East is East). Mark Babych will direct To Sir With Love, with design by Mike Britton, lighting by Johanna Town, sound by Ivan Stott, and choreography by Nick Winston.
It is opening this September in Northampton and then touring nationwide for nine weeks to Cardiff New Theatre,Cheltenham Everyman, Nottingham Theatre Royal, Wolverhampton Grand, Edinburgh King's, Bradford Alhambra,Darlington Civic, Oxford Playhouse* and the Orchard Theatre, Dartford*. This production is the first in a five-show programme of work to be presented over the next two years.
Based on E R Braithwaite's autobiography and adapted by Ayub Khan Din, To Sir With Love is the story of Ricky Braithwaite, an ex-RAF fighter pilot and Cambridge graduate who arrives in London in 1948. Despite his first class degree in electronic engineering, he is turned down for job after job in his chosen profession and discovers the reality of life as a black man in post-war England. Taking the only job he can get, Ricky begins his first teaching post, in a tough but progressive East End school run by the enlightened headmaster 'Florian'. Supported by Florian the determined teacher turns teenage rebelliousness into self respect, contempt into consideration and hate into love, and on the way, Ricky himself learns that he has more in common with his students than he had realised.
Made into a major film in 1967 starring Sidney Poitier and featuring the song To Sir With Love, made famous by Lulu, this new stage adaptation is peppered with the songs and dance of the late 40's, a time of austerity like our own, where love, inspiration and hope win through against all the odds.
Mykola Allen's stage credits include Dracula for the Touring Consortium Theatre Company and My Boy Jack on UK Tour.Mykola's screen credits include Land Girls, Being Human, Waterloo Road, My Parents Are Aliens, Sweet Medicine, Private Peaceful, Crusade: A March Through Time and Benjamin Britten: Peace And Conflict.
Harriet Ballard's stage credits include The Importance Of Being Earnest at the Theatre Royal Haymarket and A Short History Of The Royal Court at The Royal Court. Harriet's screen credits include Lewis, Switch, and Fragmentation.
Peta Cornish's stage credits include The Dug Out, On The Piste and The Wild Party all for the Tobacco Factory Theatre,Eva at the High Tide Festival, The Welsh Boy at the Theatre Royal Bath, and The Great Gatsby at the King's Head Theatre. Peta's screen credits include the Victoria Wood Christmas Special 2009, and William And Mary.
Kerron Darby's stage credits include The Boy Who Fell Into A Book at Soho Theatre, Fit And Proper People for the RSC and Soho Theatre, and The Knowledge and Little Platoons both for the Bush Theatre. Kerron's screen credits include The Knife That Killed Me, Doctors, Casualty, Beautiful People and Silent Witness.
Ansu Kabia's stage credits include The Merry Wives Of Windsor, Antony And Cleopatra, King Lear, and The Mouse And His Child all for the RSC, She Rode Horses Like The Stock Exchange for the Old Vic New Voices, A Few Man Fridays at Riverside Studios, and The Great Theatre Of The World at the Arcola Theatre. Ansu's screen credits include Wizards Vs Aliens, 10 Days To War, Casualty and City On Fire.