‘Oliva Tweest: The AfroMusical’ takes bold step to cast exciting new Black British Talent for October 2018 UK tour

Following on from the special announcement that award-winning comedian, actor and media personality Eddie Kadi has been cast as the master of ceremonies aka ‘Baba Host’ in the upcoming UK tour for Oliva Tweest: The AfroMusical across London, Coventry and Manchester in October 2018, the seminal Afrobeats musical has finally unveiled the rest of its long-awaited and highly anticipated lead cast.

Paving the way for a new generation of Black British theatre and arts creatives, Oliva Tweest: The AfroMusical has taken the bold step of casting two exciting yet fresh-faced talents to play lead roles Tobi and Testimony/Joanna. Introducing Luke Wilson (as Tobi) – a recent graduate of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA), who has honed his skills in a number of West End shows including the Olivier Award-nominated The Scottsboro Boys and the award-winning Disney musical Lion King.

Joining as co-lead star and playing Testimony/Joanna is Latisha Antoine, an alumnus of the prestigious Anna Fiorentini Theatre and Film School. Her theatre credits include performing in Dick Whittington And His Cat at both the Hackney Empire and Broadway Theatre, and playing lead in Eternal Ages at Shaw Theatre last year. Latisha has also starred in BBC Three drama Excluded, and performed with Leona Lewis at the Royal Albert Hall and BBC Radio 1’s Hackney Weekend festival.

Fast-rising actor and producer Emmanuel Imani rounds up the lead cast, reprising his role as the the fan-favourite Pastor Bayodele. Imani is starring in the highly anticipated BBC and Netflix series, which will air in the autumn, Black Earth Rising, alongside Michaela Coel and John Goodman. The Academy of Live and Recorded Arts (ALRA) graduate has also starred in 2016’s Criminal, with Kevin Costner and Tommy Lee Jones, and Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, alongside Chris Pine and Keira Knightley.

With talk of Oliva Tweest: The AfroMusical being one of the biggest cultural events of 2018, within the UK arts and theatre landscape, as well as the wider African diaspora, and with fans now eagerly awaiting details for the London leg of the UK tour, the announcement of fresh new talent Luke Wilson and Latisha Antoine in lead roles, and the return of Emmanuel Imani, for the biggest series of Oliva Tweest: The AfroMusical shows till date, the anticipation is sure to reach fever pitch as the October tour starts to get closer.

The musical was created by Sky Academy Arts Scholarship recipient PureYinkz (Yinka Ayinde), and made its West End debut in 2013 as the first ever Afrobeats musical in the UK. Since then, it has had a short run at Hackney Empire in 2014, a one-off special at Lagos Theatre Festival in 2016, and a weeklong development residency at The Barbican, before just announcing its biggest ever venture by way of the first ever Oliva Tweest: The AfroMusical UK tour.

Oliva Tweest: The AfroMusical is a captivating musical, which follows the ambitions of London hustler and club-promoter Tobi, who has no problem winning female attention, but yearns to shake off his shady reputation and move up in the world. Driven by his need to succeed, he plans the ultimate concert to attract his idol and Afrobeats legend D’Banj, naming it after the musician’s global hit ‘Oliver Twist’. But when he finds out that the landlord of his chosen concert venue intends to convert the building into a church, Tobi is forced to disguise his true intentions.

Oliva Tweest: The AfroMusical takes place in October 2018 across London, Coventry and Manchester. Advanced tickets are available right now via olivatweestmusical.com

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