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Been So Long

By Ché Walker and Arthur Darvill

‘ elating sprint through the booze-sodden pleasures of London nightlife’ The Sunday Times
‘Themes of love, redemption, unrequited passions and revenge, mixed with a subtle dose of mistaken identity, create a sense that as modern and relevant’ Official London Theatre Guide
‘Sassy...Tremendous...Rough, raw and hugely enjoyable’ WhatsOnStage
‘Hip and humorous: a boisterous hit’ The Independent on Sunday
‘Arthur Darvill's gutsy R&B score provides the bump and grind of Walker's vibrant production...The singing is fabulous’ Metro
‘The talent on stage is tremendous’ The Observer

Romance, rage, revenge and rare groove...Ché Walker and Arthur Darvill's neon-soaked musical comedy arrives to rock summer 09

Yvonne and Simone are cruising for action. Raymond stole Gil’s girl and now Gil wants to slice him up. Barney is just after a quiet life. When all five collide in a seedy London bar, their desires ignite in a guttural blast of cusses, laughs and unexpected romance. Love looks set to finally conquer the two people who swore they could live without it. But how will they know it’s for real?

Pick yourself up, brush yourself down and experience the soul/funk powerhouse of Been So Long.

An English Touring Theatre and Young Vic co-production.


The Young Vic

11 Jun - 15 Jul 2009

Latitude Festival

17 - 18 Jul 2009

Traverse Theatre

7 - 30 Aug 2009


Creative Team

Written by

Ché Walker and Arthur Darvill


Ché Walker


Dick Bird

Lighting Designer

Jon Clark

Sound Designer

Paul Arditti


Arthur Darvill


Bonnie Oddie

Fight Director

Kevin McCurdy


Pippa Ailion



Naana Agyei-Ampadu


Harry Hepple


Arinzé Kene


Omar Lyefook


Cat Simmons

Backing Singer

Gemma Knight Jones
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Backing Singer

Jenessa Qua
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Backing Singer

Samantha-Antoinette Smith
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Band (Drums)

Dominic Gounder
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Band (Bass)

Paulo Minervini
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Band (Keys)

Nigel Darvill


Arthur Darvill