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Coming To England

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An inspirational story of hope, determination and triumph brought to life in this moving musical journey.

We’ve got a story
To tell to you
Of one little girl
And her journey
Across the world –
A story that’s true!

Bursting onto the stage with music, storytelling and humour, Floella Benjamin’s award-winning and iconic book Coming to England comes to life in this world premiere stage adaptation.

Much loved by children and families, Coming to England tells Floella’s own story of emigrating to England as a child. Aged just 10, she and her siblings left Trinidad and sailed alone to join their parents. But Floella’s excitement for her new life in England is short-lived, with her family subjected to racism and intolerance in 1960s’ London. Guided by her mother, and working twice as hard as her classmates, Coming to England tells the story of how a young Floella overcame adversity and grew to become Baroness Benjamin of Beckenham.

Adapted for the stage by David Wood (“the national children’s dramatist” – The Times) this vibrant and energetic musical is the perfect entertainment for the whole family.

“I am absolutely thrilled that the musical production of my book Coming to England which has been adapted by the fantastic award winning playwright David Wood, will have its world premiere at The Rep early next year. I cannot wait to see the story about my experiences arriving in the UK come to life on the stage in front of audiences of all ages. What a wonderful way for a new generation of people to get to know this Windrush story.” Floella Benjamin

Presented by the Birmingham 2022 Festival.

Price

From £10

Running time

Approximately 2 hours and 10 minutes, including a 20 minute interval

Presented by

Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Floella Benjamin, Keith Taylor and Nicoll Entertainment.

Schools Performances

Please note that school bookings must be made directly via the Box Office, either by phone or email

Resource Pack

Download our Creative Learning Resource Pack for Schools here

Family discount

Families of 2 to 7 save 15%
(Family groups must contain at least one under 14)​​​​

Access

Download our Access Pack here.

All performances of Coming to England except the performances on Thu 31 Mar and Fri 1 Apr are fully captioned.

BSL Interpreted Performance: Thu 07 Apr, 10.30am & 7pm

Audio Described Performance: Thu 14 Apr, 7pm

Relaxed Performance: Sat 16 Apr, 2pm

Fees and Charges

Please note there is a transaction fee of £2.50 on all payment types. Please click here for more information.

Content guidance

Please note that this performance contains the theme of racism and descriptions of racially motivated attacks. Further information and support can be found below:

Mind – Useful contacts for racism and mental health

Stop Hate UK

Equality and Human Rights Commission

Birmingham City Council – Anti-racism support for schools

Watch the official trailer video

Cast

Creative Team

Associate Producer and author of 'Coming To England'

Floella Benjamin

Adaptor

David Wood

Director and Choreographer

Omar Okai

Set and Lighting Designer

Bretta Gerecke

Costume Designer

Louie Whitemore

Sound Designer

Roly Botha

Musical Supervisor and Additional Arrangements

Ian Oakley

Casting Director

Annelie Powell

Musical Director and Additional Arrangements

Dr. Matthew Malone

Costume Supervisor

Kay Wilton

Associate Director

Nathan Powell

Associate Choreographer

Sadie-Jean Shirley

Assistant Set Designer

Christianna Mason

Assistant Lighting Designer

Kieron Johnson

Assistant Musical Supervisor and Arranger

Sam Young

Additional Arrangements

Ryan Walker

Assistant Casting Director

Sarah Harkins

Creative Consultant

Tyrone Huggins

Wellbeing Practitioner

Nigel Baily

Associate Producer

Keith Taylor
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Floella Benjamin

Floella Benjamin DBE DL left school at 16 with the aim of becoming Britain’s first ever black woman bank manager but changed direction and became an actress, presenter, writer, award winning independent producer, politician and an active advocate for the wellbeing, care and education of children throughout the world. This year she celebrates 50 years in show business and has appeared on stage, film and television, working with some of Britain’s top drama directors. She is best known for her roles in the iconic children’s programmes Playschool and Playaway.

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