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An actor's face looks at us, his face half submerged in dark waters with flower petals floating.

“DADDY” A Melodrama

Written by Jeremy O. Harris, Directed by Danya Taymor

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26 Mar — 30 Apr 2022

“Nothing short of a masterpiece”

“Expect the unexpected in this bold, flamboyantly theatrical production”
The Guardian

A young black artist meets an older white art collector.

A gospel choir emerges from an infinity pool.
A mother stops at nothing to save her son’s soul.

In this Bel Air tale of love and family, intimacy is a commodity and the surreal gets real.

When it’s summer every day, when even is it?

Danya Taymor (Pass Over) directs the UK premiere of “Daddy”, an explosive and blistering melodrama from Jeremy O. Harris, whose play Slave Play received a record 12 nominations at the 74th Tony Awards.

“One of the most exciting new voices of his generation” – GQ on Jeremy O. Harris

The cast features Terique Jarrett (RSC’s The Mirror and the Light), Claes Bang (BBC’s Dracula, The Square) and Sharlene Whyte (ITV’s Stephen, Small Axe).

They will be joined by the Olivier Award-nominated John McCrea (Everybody’s Talking About Jamie), Ioanna Kimbook (The Duchess of Malfi) and Jenny Rainsford (Fleabag). The gospel choir is played by Rebecca Bernice Amissah, Keisha Atwell and T’Shan Williams.



2 hours 45 minutes incl. an interval

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Writer Jeremy O. Harris
Director Danya Taymor
Set Designer Matt Saunders
Co-Costume Designers Montana Levi Blanco and Peter Todd
Lighting Designer Isabella Byrd
Sound Designer and Original Music Lee Kinney
Music Supervisor Tim Sutton
Original Vocal Score Darius Smith and Brett Macias
Hair and Makeup Designer Cynthia De La Rosa
Choreographer/ Movement Director Anjali Mehra
Intimacy and Fight Director Yarit Dor
Casting Director Amy Ball
Doll Designer Tschabalala Self
Dialect Coach Brett Tyne
Costume Supervisor Olivia Ward
Assistant Director Mumba Dodwell
Playwright’s Assistant Raffi Donatich
Assistant Sound Designer Ali Taie


Rebecca Bernice Amissah
Keisha Atwell
Claes Bang
Terique Jarrett
Ioanna Kimbook
John McCrea
Jenny Rainsford
Sharlene Whyte
T’Shan Williams

Artwork photography by Sebastian Nevols. Concept by Émilie Chen.

“Daddy” is supported by The London Community Foundation and Cockayne – Grants for the Arts.The London Community Foundation and Cochayne logos.

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