Casting Announced For BSL-integrated ‘The Princess and the Pauper’

the princess and the pauper

The casting for the new family musical The Princess and the Pauper at Mowlem Theatre has been announced. 

This theatrical adaptation of Mark Twain’s novel The Prince And The Pauper will feature Rhiannon Jones and Hannah Brownlie in the leading roles of Tess Canty and Bess Tudor. David King Yombo, Alex Scott Fairley and Julie Wood make up the ensemble cast. 

Robert Marsden will direct with Theresa Barlow as Producer and Composer. There will also be set design by Matthew Haysom and lighting design by Thomas Curtis and Ryan Joseph Stafford. 

Hordern Ciani has worked to increase accessibility and equality on stage by incorporating deaf and hearing actors and including BSL-inspired choreography and sign song. 

Katherine Mount, producer with Hordern Ciani, comments on how sign song helped her deaf child experience theatre and music: “As a professional actress and singer with a deaf child, I was profoundly affected by my initial belief that Ethan would never be able to access music…When sign song came along, it was life changing. 

“After many years of struggling to find accessible shows to take my son to watch, producing theatre myself and experimenting with the use of British Sign Language in song, the idea for a fully integrated musical was developed and The Princess and the Pauper was born,” she continued. 

The Princess and the Pauper will run from 17 August to 28 August. Tickets can be purchased on Mowlem Theatre’s website.

Words by Katie Heyes

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