Casting is announced for The Island!

We’re thrilled to announce the casting for The Island! Jimmy Akingbola will play the role of Winston and Daniel Poyser will be taking the role of John.

Jimmy Akingbola

Jimmy Akingbola

Jimmy Akingbola has worked with some of the best theatre directors including; Michael Grandage, Roxanne Silbert, Kathy Burke and Christopher Morahan. Theatre highlights include the title role in Frantic Assembly’s OthelloHenry VII for the RSC; The Changeling for the National and the role of Christopher in Blue/Orange for the Sheffield Crucible which won him the TMA for Best Supporting Actor.

On TV, Jimmy is widely known for his portrayal of Mick in the BBC’s BAFTA Award-Winning REV where he plays opposite Tom Hollander, Olivia Colman and Hugh Bonneville and his regular role in the BBC’s Holby City as registrar Anton Malick. For his role in Holby City Jimmy won the Best Actor Award at the NEL Awards 2012, BEFFTA Awards 2011, and the Music Video Screen Awards 2011. 

Outside of acting Jimmy is one third of Triforce Promotions, a networking and promotions company which aims to bring the London acting community together.


Daniel Poyser

Daniel Poyser returns to the Young Vic following his performance as Milady in The Three Musketeers in 2000. Daniel has performed in various productions at the National Theatre: The Comedy of Errors (also NT Live), Welcome to Thebes, An Enemy of the People, Death and the King’s Horseman, England People Very Nice, The Odyssey, The Hour We Knew Nothing of Each Other, Much Ado About Nothing and The Emperor Jones. Most recently he has been performing in Neighbours (Hightide & Nuffield) and An Enemy of the People (Sheffield Crucible). He also performed in Blue/Orange at Sheffield Crucible with Jimmy in 2006!

His television credits include the popular television series Waterloo Road, Doctors and Monday, Monday.

Created by Athol Fugard, John Kani and Winston Ntshona in apartheid South Africa, the roles of John and Winston are named after their co-creators respectively. The Island premiered in Cape Town in 1972 with John and Winston played by John Kani and Winston Ntshona respectively, before receiving its UK premiere in 1973 at the Royal Court.

The Island is inspired by true stories from South Africa’s notorious Robben Island, the prison Nelson Mandela was held in for 27 years. It was performed in repertory with Sizwe Banzi is Dead and transferred to the West End and Broadway; as well as receiving critical acclaim, both plays were widely recognised as cornerstones in the global anti-apartheid movement.

The Island is directed by the JMK Award Winner 2013 Alex Brown and is on from 7 – 30 November, tickets from £10, it’s selling fast so book yours now!

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