Kat and the Kings Returns To Tricycle in London, Dec. 16

News   Kat and the Kings Returns To Tricycle in London, Dec. 16 South African theatre is starting to look like a staple of the London arts scene. With the success of shows including Umoja, the South African Mysteries and Kat And The Kings, the city’s audiences have become well used to snatches of Afrikaans around Shaftesbury Avenue.

    Now Kat is back at Kilburn’s Tricycle Theatre, opening Dec.16. The show, which started off the trend for all things South African, returns to the venue of its UK premiere back in 1997, when it transferred to the West End and Broadway, winning two Olivier Awards in the process. It’s based on the memories of the singer Salie Daniels and the show’s composer Taliep Petersen – memories of the first decade of apartheid , when Cape Town’s District Six saw the birth of South African rock n’roll. Old shoeshine man Kat Diamond remembers back to that era, when he had a taste of stardom.

The revival brings together cast members from international productions of the show across Europe, South Africa and America. Original cast member Loukmaan Adams plas Bingo, Danny Butler – who himself is a former District Six performer - plays Old Kat Diamond, with Emraan Adams as Young Kat Diamond and Elton Landrew as Magoo. Newcomers Abigail Petersen and Munthir Dullisear play Lucy and Ballie.

The show is directed by David Kramer, with designs by Saul Radomsky. It runs at the Tricycle until Feb 8. For further information visit http://www.tricycle.co.uk/html/index.php3 or call (0)20 7328 1000.