In addition to the previously announced principals James Earl Jones (Big Daddy), Phylicia Rashad (Big Mama), Adrian Lester (Brick) and Sanaa Lathan (Maggie), the cast will also feature Richard Blackwood (Brightie), Derek Griffths (Reverend Tookie) and Nina Sosanya (Mae). The company is completed by Guy Burgess (Lacey), Claudia Cadette (Nanny), Peter De Jersey (Gooper), Susan Lawson-Reynolds (Sookey) and Joseph Mydell (Doctor Baugh). They are joined by Yvonne Gidden, who will understudy Big Mama.
Performances will begin Nov. 21 prior to an official opening Dec. 1 at the Novello Theatre, for a run that is currently booking to April 10. Produced by Stephen Byrd and Alia Jones for Front Row Productions, set designs are by Morgan Large with costume designs by Fay Fullerton, lighting by David Holmes, sound by Richard Brooker and original music by Andrew "Tex" Allen.
Blackwood's stage credits include Roy Williams' Angel House and The Unexpected Guest, which both toured nationally and The Brothers at the Hackney Empire. As well as his own show for Channel 4, Blackwood's television credits include "Britannia High," "Dani's House," "Shoot The Messenger," "Little Miss Jocelyn" and "Holby." He is a regular at the Comedy Store in the West End and presents his own radio program on Choice FM.
Griffiths'extensive theatre credits include The Miser, The Odd Couple, The Government Inspector, Nude with Violin and Loot, all for the Royal Exchange Theatre; Peter Pan, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Miss Saigon, Beauty and the Beast, Run for Your Wife and Noises Off, all in the West End; and Measure for Measure and Twelfth Night for the Royal Shakespeare Company. On television his credits include "Doctors," "Holby City," "Casualty," "Queen's Park Story" and "Insect Antics." His film credits "Gallowwalker" and "Fierce Creatures."
Sosanya's theatre credits include Love's Labour's Lost for the Royal Shakespeare Company, in which she played Rosalind, and Fix Up for the National Theatre. Previously she was seen in The Vortex at the Donmar Warehouse and House and Garden for the National Theatre. Her television credits include "Framed," "Cape Wrath" and "Doctor Who." On film her credits include "Manderlay," "Code 46" and "Love Actually." To book tickets, contact the box office at 0844 482 5170 or visit www.catwestend.com.