Casting has been announced for a new musical about American televangelist Tammy Faye Bakker as part of a new programme of shows at London’s Almeida Theatre.
Running from 13 October to 3 December 2022, Tammy Faye has been written by legendary songwriter Elton John, Scissor Sisters’ Jake Shears and award-winning writer James Graham.
Tammy Faye Bakker will be played by Katie Brayben, who won an Olivier Award for Beautiful: The Carole King Story, while her fraudster husband Jim will be played by Tony Award-nominee Andrew Rannells, who starred in The Book of Mormon on Broadway and TV series Girls.
The cast will also include Kelly Agbowu, Amy Booth-Steel, Ashley Campbell, Peter Caulfield, Danny Collins, Richard Dempsey, Fred Haig, Georgia Louise, Robyn Rose, Nicholas Rowe, Martin Sarreal, Steve John Shepherd, Gemma Sutton and Zubin Varla.
The show, based on the Bakkers’ true story, will be directed by the Almeida’s artistic director Rupert Goold. It is described as “a testament of faith, resilience and the temptations of success”.
Also announced at the Almeida is a new production of Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire, directed by Rebecca Frecknall who was director of the Olivier Award-winning Summer and Smoke, also by Williams. It will run from 10 December 2022 to 4 February 2023.
Lydia Wilson will play the iconic role of Blanche, with the Bafta-winning Paul Mescal from TV series Normal People as Stanley and Anjana Vasan from TV comedy We Are Lady Parts as Stella.
Goold will also direct the world premiere of Women, Beware the Devil by award-winning playwright Lulu Raczka, which will run from 11 February to 25 March 2023.
The Almeida will stage the UK premiere of musical The Secret Life of Bees from 4 April to 27 May 2023 after its success Off-Broadway in 2019. Written by playwright Lynn Nottage and composer Duncan Sheik with lyrics by Susan Birkenhead, it is based on the best-selling novel by Sue Monk Kidd. It will be directed by Whitney White.
Tickets for Tammy Faye and A Streetcar Named Desire go on sale to the general public on 6 September at almeida.co.uk. Tickets for Women, Beware the Devil and The Secret Life of Bees will go on sale in November.