George Takei's Allegiance Tickets
George Takei's Allegiance Information
See George Takei make his London stage debut in the European premiere of Allegiance at Charing Cross Theatre.
The Allegiance musical explores the impact of Japanese internment in the United States after Pearl Harbor. It’s partly inspired by Takei’s own childhood; growing up, he was one of 120,000 other Japanese Americans sent to Camp Rohwer in Arkansas, and Camp Tule in northern California. The musical reveals the courage and loyalty of a community when faced with adversity, as well as the importance of standing up for what’s right.
When London Theatre spoke to George Takei, he revealed that the show speaks to “a very important American weakness: we can be swept up by racism and more hysteria and fallible human beings. We are all imperfect human beings. Unless we learn these lessons, we will keep repeating it over and over and over."
The California-based story premiered in the state, opening at San Diego’s Old Globe Theatre in 2012, before a Broadway run in 2015. In a New York Theatre Guide review, Allegiance will leave you thinking about loyalty and honor — Takei, who held this story in his heart for over 70 years, released it at precisely the right moment.” Takei stars in Allegiance London performances alongside Broadway actor Telly Leung who reprises the role of Sam.
What is the Allegiance musical about?
Allegiance centres around the Kimura family as they are interned after Executive Order 9066 deems Japanese Americans a threat to society. While Sam Kimura proves his American patriotism and enlists in World War Two, his sister Kei becomes an activist and fights for the rights of Japanese Americans. As the family do all it takes to stay together, their moral compasses deviate and they struggle to see eye to eye.
Cast and creative
By: Marc Acito, Jay Kuo and Lorenzo Thione
Music: Jay Kuo
Director: Tara Overfield Wilkinson
Cast list: George Takei, Telly Leung, Aynrand Ferrer, Iroy Abesamis, Mark Anderson, Masashi Fujimoto, Megan Gardiner, Raiko Gohara, Eu Jin Hwang, Hana Ichijo, Misa Koide, Patrick Munday, Rachel Jayne Picar, Sario Solomon, Joy Tan, Iverson Yabut
Choreography: Tara Overfield Wilkinson
Set: Mayou Trikerioti
Costume: Mayou Trikerioti
Lighting: Nic Farman
Sound: Chris Whybrow