George Takei's Allegiance

Star Trek’s George Takei brings Broadway musical George Takei’s Allegiance to London

Much-loved American actor and activist George Takei, known to millions as Mr. Sulu from the original Star Trek TV series and movies, will make his London stage debut in 2023, in the Broadway musical inspired by his true childhood experiences.

George Takei’s Allegiance will premiere at the Charing Cross Theatre in London, for 13 weeks from Saturday 7 January to Saturday 8 April 2023.

Directed and choreographed by Tara Overfield Wilkinson (Little Shop of Horrors, Come From Away), the show will star George Takei and his Broadway co-star Telly Leung (Broadway’s Aladdin and TV’s ‘Glee’).

George Takei’s Allegiance has a book by Marc Acito, Jay Kuo and Lorenzo Thione with music and lyrics by Jay Kuo. Musical supervision and orchestrations will be by Andrew Hilton and Charlie Ingles, with lighting design by Nic Farman, sound design by Chris Whybrow and casting by Sarah Leung Casting.

George Takei’s Allegiance tells the moving story of Sam Kimura (Takei) as he is transported back nearly six decades to when his younger self (Leung) and his sister Kei fought to stay connected to their heritage, their family and themselves after Japanese Americans were wrongfully imprisoned during World War II. A powerful story told with great resonance and intimacy, George Takei’s Allegiance explores the ties that bind us, the struggle to persevere and the overwhelming power of forgiveness and, most especially, love.

The original US production in San Diego in 2012 co-starred Tony Award winner Lea Salonga and Telly Leung.

George Takei’s other theatre credits include Flower Drum Song, Pacific Overtures, Wicked and Rent.

George Takei said in a statement that: “Allegiance is a story from America’s past, but it has great relevance today. Once again, fascism is on the march, and whole communities are under attack. Again, the freedoms so many take for granted are gravely imperilled. Allegiance is my legacy. We must learn the lessons of our past so that we may never repeat them. That’s why we tell our story. That’s why I’ve dedicated my life to ensuring we collectively honour the commitment, ‘Never again’.”

This news comes the day after another star from the Star Trek universe, Zachary Quinto, is also making his West End debut, joining David Harewood in James Graham’s new play Best of Enemies at the Noel Coward Theatre.

More about George Takei’s Allegiance at Charing Cross Theatre in London


📷 Main photo: George Takei (photo by Matthew Murphy) and Telly Leung


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