‘Two Strangers (Carry a Cake Across New York)’ to transfer to the West End

Jim Barne and Kit Buchan's musical about an unlikely relationship that develops over 36 hours in New York stars Olivier Award winner Sam Tutty and Dujonna Gift.

Olivia Rook
Olivia Rook

Two Strangers (Carry a Cake Across New York) is set to transfer to the West End, after an extended 10-week sold-out run at London’s Kiln Theatre. It will open at the Criterion Theatre on 4 April.

Jim Barne and Kit Buchan's new musical follows Dougal, an optimistic Brit who is travelling to New York for his father’s second wedding, and Robin, the bride's sister, who collects him from the airport. As they attempt to transport the wedding cake across New York, the two form an unlikely bond.

Olivier Award winner Sam Tutty (Dear Evan Hansen, Once on This Island) and Dujonna Gift (Hamilton, Caroline or Change, Motown: The Musical) will reprise their roles as Dougal and Robin.

Two Strangers won the Best Composer/Lyricist Award at The Stage Debut Awards in 2020, for an earlier version of the musical titled The Season.

The creative team includes Tim Jackson (director and choreographer), Soutra Gilmour (designer), Jack Knowles (lighting designer), Tony Gayle (sound designer), Sean Green (music director), and Lux Pyramid (music orchestrations). The producers include Tim Johanson Productions, Glass Half Full Productions, and Jamie Wilson Productions.

The producers said: “We’re thrilled to collaborate and present this record-breaking new British musical at the iconic Criterion Theatre. That we get to champion a stellar team including newcomers Buchan and Barne makes it all the sweeter. We’re excited to continue serving up this incredible production to new audiences and transporting them on a captivating journey across the Atlantic every night this spring.”

Two Strangers will run at the Criterion until 14 July.

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Photo credit: Sam Tutty and Dujonna Gift in Two Strangers. (Photo by Marc Brenner)

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