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First look at new musical Vanara – The Legend's world premiere production

Vanara. Photograph © Jane Hobson.

Here’s a first look at new musical Vanara – The Legend, currently playing at London’s Hackney Empire.

The world premiere production is running at the London venue through to 31 October before a UK tour in 2022.

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Vanara – The Legend is a story of love, sacrifice and nature at its most unpredictable.

VANARA, Hackney Empire, London, Britain - 22nd Oct 2021
Photograph © Jane Hobson.
VANARA, Hackney Empire, London, Britain - 22nd Oct 2021
Photograph © Jane Hobson.
VANARA, Hackney Empire, London, Britain - 22nd Oct 2021
Photograph © Jane Hobson.

A teaser shares: “Two tribes, at war with the darkness and each other, collide with devastating consequences, providing a reminder of what is important and true. At the heart of the story are heirs to the warring tribes Mohr and Ayla, as they encounter each other for the first time – as this forbidden love story could bring destruction for all…

The cast features Jacob Fowler, Glenn Carter, Johnnie Fiori, Carole Stennett, Cavin Cornwall, Emily Bautista, Samantha Mercer, Kayleigh McKnight, Joaquin Pedro Valdes and Shem Omari James.

The production will also feature an incredible ensemble with Jemima Brown, Chris George, Yuki Abe, Olivia Jones, Ella Martine, Hicaro Nicolai, Prem Rai and Ebby Sama.

VANARA, Hackney Empire, London, Britain - 22nd Oct 2021
Photograph © Jane Hobson.
VANARA, Hackney Empire, London, Britain - 22nd Oct 2021
Photograph © Jane Hobson.
VANARA, Hackney Empire, London, Britain - 22nd Oct 2021
Photograph © Jane Hobson.

Vanara’s creative team includes Gianluca Cucchiara (score), Michael Conley (book) & Andrew Whelan (lyrics), Tony Cucchiara (original book & concept) and Giovanna Romagnoli (producer).

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Following Vanara’s workshop performances and a concept album, the first full-scale production directed by Adam Lenson and Eleesha Drennan, who also serve as Dramaturg and Choreographer respectively.

Further creatives include set and costume design by Libby Todd, hair and make-up by Lisa Farrall, orchestrations by Jen Green, musical direction by Tamara Saringer and casting by Harry Blumenau.

VANARA, Hackney Empire, London, Britain - 22nd Oct 2021
Photograph © Jane Hobson.
VANARA, Hackney Empire, London, Britain - 22nd Oct 2021
Photograph © Jane Hobson.

Tickets are on sale online now via the Hackney Empire website.

Producer Giovanna Romagnoli commented: “We’re thrilled to bring together this incredible ensemble to premiere Vanara – The Legend in London. We can’t wait for audiences to witness the fantastic spectacle on stage, showcasing the talents of both the cast and creative team.”

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