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First look revealed for Rep Original Musical

Based on the Irish Classic The Playboy Of The Western World, Mustapha Matura’s hilarious reinvention Playboy Of The West Indies has been delighting audiences and critics alike world-wide for over 35 years. Now, the classic play has been transformed into a glorious new musical with a toe-tapping, finger-snapping score firmly rooted in the Caribbean.

I'll Be Thinking Of You

Durone Stokes and Nicole Sawyerr met ahead of rehearsals to share the first song from the production

Meet the cast & creatives


Mustapha Matura

Director, Composer & Lyricist

Clement Ishmael
Dominique Le Gendre

Director & Lyricist

Nicolas Kent

Choreographer & Movement Director

Ingrid Mackinnon


Michael Taylor

Costume Designer

Natalie Pryce

Lighting Designer

Matt Eagland

Sound Designer

Tony Gayle

Musical Director

Ian Oakley

Casting Director

Debbie O'Brien

Production Manager

Sam Paterson

Voice & Dialect Coach

Simone Sauphanor

We have assembled a stellar creative team to bring Mustapha Matura’s adaptation of the classic Irish play to life as never seen before in a musical world premiere at Birmingham Rep. Clement Ishmael (Five Guys Named Moe, The Lion King) and Dominique Le Gendre (Royal Opera House, Talawa Theatre) have provided an infectious new score that will transport audiences to the Caribbean.
“Now, today we can share the exceptional cast that will take to the stage to share this classic story in a way not seen before – Durone Stokes and Nicole Sawyerr make for two sensational leads who audiences will immediately fall in love with.” Co-Director and Co-Producer of Playboy of the West Indies, Nicolas Kent

Synge’s classic Irish comic drama, first brilliantly re-framed by Mustapha Matura in his adaptation set in 1950’s Trinidad, now becomes a world premiere new musical at The Rep. With a world-class creative team who knew and worked with Matura, and an amazing cast, this vibrant celebratory production is the perfect night out at the start of an extraordinary summer for our city.” The Rep’s Artistic Director, Sean Foley

Playboy Of The West Indies is presented by the Birmingham 2022 festival.

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Playboy of The West Indies