Donmar unveils casting for Kids Company musical
The new show features Camila Batmanghelidjh and Alan Yentob being grilled by various MPs.
The Donmar Warehouse has announced full casting for its new musical The Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee Take Oral Evidence on Whitehall’s Relationship with Kids Company.
The not-so-snappily titled show takes its name from the parliamentary evidence session held on 15 October 2015, in which politicians clashed with the founder of Kids Company, Camila Batmanghelidjh.
The musical is edited from the parliamentary transcript of the hearing and is a set to be a highlight of the Donmar’s 2017 summer season.
The production marks the first time that committee chair Bernard Jenkin has been a major character in a musical.
The Conservative politician will be played by Alexander Hanson, the Norwegian-born British stage actor who played opposite Elaine Paige in Sunset Boulevard in 1995 and played Pilate in the 2012 UK tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's popular musical Jesus Christ Superstar.
Further casting includes Rosemary Ashe as Kate Hoey MP, Robert Hands as David Jones MP, Liz Robertson as Cheryl Gillan MP and Anthony O’Donnell as Paul Flynn MP.
The starring role of Batmanghelidjh is being taken by Sandra Marvin while Omar Ebrahim will play Alan Yentob, former chairman of the charity.
The Kids Company was put into receivership in the summer of 2015. The hearing raised a number of issues, including accountability and child poverty, but Batmanghelidjh and Yentob both denied that there had been any mismanagement or failure of governance at the charity.
The Donmar’s artistic director has previously spoken about why she was drawn to the hearing, describing select committee hearings being “deeply watchable, deeply theatrical”.
“I am a little bit of a politics geek,” Josie Rourke recently told The Guardian. “And I think select committees are a very important way of looking at how civil society holds itself to account.”