Deborah Ayorinde and David Walmsley in Wedding Band, Lyric Hammersmith Theatre (Photo by Mark Senior)

First Look: Dramatic new production photos for Wedding Band at Lyric Hammersmith

The Lyric Hammersmith in London has unveiled the first look photos for the dramatic new production of Wedding Band: A Love/Hate Story in Black and White. The play, written by award-winning American playwright Alice Childress, is set to captivate audiences with its powerful depiction of an intense interracial romance in the deep south of the United States in 1918.

Directed by Stage Debut Award winner Monique Touko, the production features an impressive cast led by Deborah Ayorinde (Riches, Harriet) as Julia and David Walmsley (Slow Horses, Blood Wedding) as Herman.

The cast also includes: Geraldine Alexander (Bridgerton, Sea Creatures) as Thelma, Lachele Carl (A Streetcar Named Desire, The Trick) as Fanny, Poppy Gilbert (Perfect Addiction, The Catch) as Annabelle, Diveen Henry (Hang, I Think We Are Alone) as Lula, Patrick Martins (Small Town Big Story, Falling For the Life of Alex Whelan) as Nelson, Bethan Mary-James (Meetings, Trouble in Butetown) as Mattie, and Owen Whitelaw (Get Millie Black, My Son) as Bell Man.

Children’s roles are shared by Lylianna Eugene (Secret Invasion) as Teeta, Poppy Graham (Don’t Let the Bed Bugs Bite) as Princess, Saskia Holness (Champion) as Teeta, and Wren Stembridge (Leonora In The Morning Light) as Princess.

This pioneering play examines the brutalising effect of antimiscegenation laws and offers a stark reflection of Childress’ reality as a writer working in the Civil Rights era. This major revival explores themes of race and class, questioning the devastating impact of unjust laws on ordinary human lives.

The creative team behind the revival includes Set & Costume Design by Paul Wills, Wigs, Hair & Make-Up Design by Cynthia De La Rosa, Lighting Design by Matt Haskins, Sound Design by Elena Peña, Music by Shiloh Coke, Choreography & Movement by Aline David, Wigs, Hair & Make-Up Associate Design by Keisha Paris-Banya, Casting by Sophie Parrott CDG, and Dialect & Voice Coaching by Joel Trill.

Wedding Band: A Love/Hate Story in Black and White is playing to 29 June 2024.

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Wedding Band: A Love Hate Story in Black and White

Lyric Hammersmith, London

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📷 Main photo: Deborah Ayorinde and David Walmsley in Wedding Band, Lyric Hammersmith Theatre (Photo by Mark Senior)

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