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HE'S JUST ARRIVED.
SHE'S JUST THRILLED.

Two Strangers (Carry a Cake Across New York) became the talk of the town when it premiered at London's Kiln Theatre in 2023. Catch this new hit musical when it transfers to the West End's Criterion Theatre in Piccadilly Circus this spring!

Dougal is a naive, impossibly upbeat Brit who's just landed in New York for his dad’s second wedding. The dad he’s never known. Waiting for him at the airport is Robin, the sister of the bride. She’s a native New Yorker, she’s late for work, and she doesn’t have time to stop and see the sights. Instant attraction? Nope. But with an extravagant wedding approaching and the Big Apple at their feet, anything could happen...

This intimate and refreshingly original show is one part "rom" and two parts "com", with a splash of culture clash. Two Strangers (Carry a Cake Across New York) is the toast of 2024 - so book now, and remember the full title later.

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DUJONNA GIFT (ROBIN)

Her theatre work includes the multi-Olivier Award-winning, smash hit musical Hamilton (Victoria Palace Theatre), Caroline or Change (Playhouse Theatre) and Motown: The Musical (Shaftesbury Theatre). Her film work includes Disney’s Snow White opposite Rachel Zegler. 

SAM TUTTY (DOUGAL)

His theatre work includes the role of Evan Hansen in Dear Evan Hansen (Noël Coward Theatre) for which he won the Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical and Once on this Island (British Theatre Academy/Southwark Playhouse). For film, his work includes Four Minute Warning and Romeo & Juliet, and for television, Hollyoaks

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DUJONNA GIFT

DUJONNA GIFT

Robin

Her theatre work includes the multi-Olivier Award-winning, smash hit musical Hamilton (Victoria Palace Theatre), Caroline or Change (Playhouse Theatre) and Motown: The Musical (Shaftesbury Theatre). Her film work includes Disney’s Snow White opposite Rachel Zegler.

Sam Tutty

Sam Tutty

DOUGAL

His theatre work includes the role of Evan Hansen in Dear Evan Hansen (Noël Coward Theatre) for which he won the Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical and Once on this Island (British Theare Academy/Southwark Playhouse). For film, his work includes Four Minute Warning and Romeo & Juliet, and for television, Hollyoaks.

Tanasha Chege

Tanasha Chege

Understudy ROBIN

Her theatre work includes Rosalie & Evelyn in Lillian Hellman’s The Children’s Hour (Rose Bruford College) and #13 in Sarah Delappes’ The Wolves (Rose Bruford College). Tanasha is making her West End debut.

Tanasha is a Rose Bruford trained multi-disciplinary artist who also trained in Chicago. Her photography centres childlike nostalgia and joy of the global majority. She will be hosting her own exhibition later in the year, and her photography has also been featured with Young Barbican, on Billboards, in CLASH magazine, COLORS studios & many more.

Ellis Kirk

Ellis Kirk

Understudy DOUGAL

His theatre work includes the role of JD in Heathers The Musical (The Other Palace), understudy Evan/Connor in Dear Evan Hansen (Noël Coward Theatre) and Dirk Lloyd in The Dark Lord/MTFEST (Turbine Theatre). For television, his work includes Emmerdale, Jericho, Billionaire Boy and Hank Zipzer.

JIM BARNE & KIT BUCHAN

(Writers)

Jim Barne has written music for films including The Ghost Trap, Worth, and the Oscar-nominated Living. He won the London Chamber Orchestra’s young composer competition, and Best New Score at the Horrorhaus Film Festival.

Kit Buchan’s poems have been published in Poetry Review, The White Review, Magma, Five Dials, Clinic, PERVERSE and The Best British Poetry anthology, and commended in the Poetry London and Ware Poets competitions.

Together they have won the Stage Debut Award and the Stiles & Drewe Prize for new musical theatre. Their second musical Catastrophe Bay was performed at the Bristol Old Vic in 2022, and is an NYMT production for 2024. They also write songs for their pop band, I Said Yes.

tim jackson

(director & choreographer)

Tim Jackson is a Director and Choreographer, and former Creative Associate of The Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch. Tim recently choreographed Neil Patrick Harris in Doctor Who: The Giggle (BBC1/Disney+) and the critically acclaimed Broadway production of Merrily We Roll Along starring Daniel Radcliffe, Jonathan Groff and Lindsay Mendez.

As Director: Kinky Boots (New Wolsey Theatre); The Hound of the Baskervilles (UK Tour); Treasure Island (Bolton Octagon); The Season (Royal & Derngate/New Wolsey Theatre); The Oliviers in Concert (Royal Festival Hall), The Stable (Lyric, West End).

As associate director: High Society (The Old Vic) and A Little Night Music (Tokyo).

Choreography in the West End includes: Merrily We Roll Along, A Christmas Carol, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Saturday Night, Mouthful, Stepping Out and four Olivier Awards ceremonies.

Tim has an MA from Mountview Academy and a BA in Music from Oxford University, specialising in Orchestration and Vocal Performance. Tim works as a singing coach and recently coached Bill Nighy for his Oscar-nominated performance in Living.

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St. James's, London W1J 9HR

Tim Johanson Productions, Glass Half Full Productions and Jamie Wilson Productions present a

Kiln Theatre production

This musical was first produced by the Royal & Derngate Northampton and New Wolsey Ipswich when it was called The Season.

This musical was developed through the Stiles and Drewe MTI Mentorship Award.

Excerpts from an earlier version of this musical were presented at BEAM2018, supported by Mercury Musical Developments and Musical Theatre Network.

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