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Coming To England

10-year-old Floella is strong and brave. When her parents leave Trinidad for England her young life is turned upside down when she’s placed with a cruel foster ‘auntie’. Eventually sailing to join her parents, Floella’s excitement for her new life in England is short-lived, with the family subjected to racism and intolerance in 1960s’ London. Guided by her inspirational mother, and working twice as hard as her classmates, young Floella strives to overcome adversity and learns to love and accept herself.

Bursting onto the stage with music, storytelling, humour and pathos, this world premiere production brings Floella Benjamin’s award-winning and iconic book Coming to England to vivid life on stage.

Adapted by David Wood, ‘the national children’s dramatist’ (The Times), this thoughtful stage versionof Floella’s inspirational true story follows her difficult and courageous journey  towards becoming a TV icon, successful business woman and eventually Baroness Benjamin of Beckenham.

“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




From £10

Presented by

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

Post Show Discussion 


Schools Performances

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

Family discount

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


All performances of Coming to England except the performance on Thu 31 Mar are fully captioned.

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Creative Team


David Wood

Director and Choreographer

Omar Okai

Creative Consultant:

Tyrone Huggins

Set and Lighting Designer

Bretta Gerecke

Sound Designer

Annie May Fletcher

Casting Director

Annelie Powell

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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