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    A young, gay couple just want to be together and lead a normal life, but the British Government’s ‘hostile environment’ policy has other things in mind. As they are forced to navigate the Home Office’s visa process, which is designed to divide families, Leave to Remain is the powerful new play that tells the story of their love with movement, music and gripping text.

    Matt Jones (Mr Selfridge, Doctor Who, Torchwood) and Kele Okereke, who is founding member of music band Bloc Party, have jointly written the script and songs, and Robby Graham directs. Graham is the Artistic Director of Southpaw Dance Company, with recent credits including choreography for the National Theatre’s Pericles and Angels in America, and co-directing Jonathan Harvey’s Beautiful Thing for the Greenwich and Docklands Festival.

    Tyrone Huntley takes on the role of Obi. Named by the Evening Standard as one of London’s hottest new talents, Huntley has an incredible list of credits, including the West End productions of Jesus Christ Superstar, Dreamgirls and Memphis, as well as Angry, Homos or Everyone on America and regionally A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Hairspray.

    Huntley is joined by Billy Cullum (Little Shop of Horrors), Emma Amos (Sweet Bird of the South), Rakie Ayola (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child), Aretha Ayeh (Miss Littlewood), Arun Blair-Mangat (Kinky Boots), Sandy Batchelor (Strangers on a Train) and Cornell S John (The Lion King). Further casting news is yet to be announced.

    A visceral new production, Leave to Remain runs for a limited season at London's Lyric Hammersmith from 18 January to 16 February 2019, with a press night on 24 January 2019. This relevant piece of new writing addresses an array of themes, from politics to family to love, and the power the government has to keep couples together or tear them apart.

    Performance dates: 16 Feb 2019 - 16 Feb 2019

    Running time: 90 minutes

    Age recommendation: TBC

    Special notice: This production will certainly appeal to a broad range of theatregoers. Audiences who love interdisciplinary performance, theatre that addresses current socio-political issues and fans of Tyrone Huntley will all take something from this show.

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    Latest audience reviews

    This was a really poignant and very relevant piece of theatre covering issues of drug abuse, homosexuality... More

    emilygami Top 50 reviewer02 Feb 2019

    This was a really poignant and very relevant piece of theatre covering issues of drug abuse, homosexuality and immigration. Tyrone Huntley and Billy Cullum in particular were outstanding in their roles as Obi and Alex, the central couple in the story. It was funny yet moving and my only criticism )which hopefully has now been fixed) was that the volume of sound on the electric guitar did sometimes drown out the speech, especially within the first 10 minutes.

    emilygami Top 50 reviewer02 Feb 2019

    Incredible music, beautiful choreography and impactful acting. Loved it!

    janineh 08 Apr 2019

    A great production with intricate movement and stand out music from Bloc Party's Kele Okereke. Definitely... More

    albuspotter Top 50 reviewer22 Jan 2019

    A great production with intricate movement and stand out music from Bloc Party's Kele Okereke. Definitely one to see.

    albuspotter Top 50 reviewer22 Jan 2019
    moley Top 100 reviewer24 Feb 2019

    I really enjoyed and style of the play. The music was awesome but some of the dialogue was a bit weak... More

    sarahwells1 10 Mar 2019

    I really enjoyed and style of the play. The music was awesome but some of the dialogue was a bit weak at times.

    sarahwells1 10 Mar 2019
    emilyf3 24 May 2019
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