Dana Haqjoo in Notmoses at the Arts Theatre
It was only recently that we first got word that a new comic production would be opening at London’s Arts Theatre. It will be just the ticket for those looking for an imaginative new spin on an old tale, giving us a new perspective on a well-told story.
Notmoses, offering a different viewpoint on the Book of Exodus, is set to play at the venue from March and boasts a script by Gary Sinyor, who has had previous success as a screenwriter and filmmaker.
Now, via London Theatre Guide, we learn the names of those giving life to characters like NotMoses, the Pharaoh, Moses and the Princess, amongst others, as the show gives us a major update. Dana Haqjoo is set to take on the ruler of Egypt in the production, playing the Pharaoh alongside Greg Barnett as NotMoses, Jasmine Hyde as the Princess, Thomas Nelstrop as Moses, plus Leon Stewart, Antonia Davies, Joe Morrow and Leon Stewart.
Dana Haqjoo’s casting will come as no surprise to those that saw him in the film United We Fall, a mockumentary about Manchester United football players that was directed by this show’s creator Gary Sinyor. His other credits include roles in television series like Emmerdale, Coronation Street, Citizen Khan and The Bill, plus numerous short films.
But for Notmoses he takes on the iconic role of the Pharaoh. The show takes us back to Ancient Egypt, a familiar location to those familiar with the Book of Exodus as we meet a baby in a basket who is found in the River Nile by a Princess, only to be tossed back in favour of the more desirable baby – Moses. It means that NotMoses grows up in poverty whilst Moses lives the more luxurious life that could have been his. Ultimately, however, there is yet another person who might lead the Israelites to safety after all.
It is a new step in the career of Gary Sinyor, whose previous work has included productions for the screen like the mentioned United We Fall and Bob The Butler, the latter of which starred Brooke Shields.
Notmoses opens shortly at the Arts Theatre and more updates will undoubtedly follow ahead of its start-date.