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Ayla: In Concert to star Sam Tutty, Arlissa and Sha Dessi

A staged concert of new musical Ayla has been announced to run in London this month.


Ayla: In Concert will showcase the new work as it continues to be developed ahead of a planned fully stage debut in Autumn 2024.

The concert will run at the Sadler’s Wells Theatre’s Lilian Baylis Studio at 3:30PM and 7PM on Saturday, 21 October.

Ayla tells the story of a young woman who questions her own traditions and the powers that be, willing to sacrifice everything she holds dear to fight for a better future for her people and the planet, one that will safeguard the natural world and the delicate ecosystem in which they live.

Its central themes of love overcoming adversity, societal injustice, and man’s impact on the natural world have a powerful contemporary resonance.

Leading the cast are Sam Tutty, Sha Dessi and Arlissa with dancers Jemima Brown and Ru Fisher.

The show is produced by academy award producer Giovanna Romagnoli and Gianluca Cucchiara.

The music, written and arranged by award winning composer Gianluca Cucchiara with lyrics by award winning lyricist Andrew James Whelan, will be performed by a 5 piece live band: Fabio Staffieri (Guitar and Mandolin), Mykey Kew (El Guitar and Keys), James Reddick (Winds and Ethnic Flutes), Kotono Sato (Cello and Violin), Valerio La Piana (Percussions and Drums).

The show is directed and choreographed by award winning choreographer Eleesha Drennan.

For more information and tickets, visit sadlerswells.com

About the author: Josh Darvill

Josh is Stageberry's editor with over five years of experience writing about theatre in the West End and across the UK. Prior to following his passion for musicals, he worked for more than a decade as a TV journalist.