Shida, written & performed by Broadway Shorts creator Jeannette Bayardelle, gets its UK premiere

09 Aug
Posted in: Theatre News
Author: Staff
Jeanette Bayardelle in Shida in New York

Off-Broadway musical SHIDA will get its UK premiere at The Vaults next month. It's written and performed by Jeanette Bayardelle, who we're a little obsessed with from her "Broadway Shorts" film series. Watch her take on Hamilton and her Shida trailer here... 

The UK premiere of the award-winning 2013 Off-Broadway musical SHIDA, written and performed by Jeannette Bayardelle and directed by Andy Sandberg, will run at The Vaults in Waterloo, London from 11 September to 13 October 2019, with a press night on 13 September.

Set to a soulfully contagious score of rock, jazz, R&B, and gospel music, SHIDA is based on the true story of a young African-American girl who aspires to become a writer, tracing the ups and downs of her family, friendships, and love life – from the double-dutch court at St. Mary’s Catholic School in the Bronx to a scholarship at NYU. Her dreams become sidetracked by hardship and loss until her faith and those closest to her combine to restore Shida’s hope and give her a second chance.

Jeannette Bayardelle said today:

"I could not be more excited to bring my musical SHIDA to London! This is a true story about my childhood best friend, and there's no piece of theatre that's more special to me - it's an honour to share her story with the world. Developing SHIDA with Ars Nova (NYC) and having our premiere Off-Broadway were such incredible experiences, and I am grateful to my collaborators, our producers, and especially our audiences for believing in this show. Now, bringing SHIDA to The Vaults for its UK premiere is a dream come true, and I’m looking forward to collaborating once again with my director Andy Sandberg as we bring this musical across the pond. The time has never felt more right to tell Shida's story. London -we'll see you soon!"

Shida runs from 11 September to 13 October 2019 at The Vaults, Launcelot Street off Lower Marsh, London SE1 7NN with performances Tuesdays to Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 6pm and matinees Thursdays and Saturdays at 3.30pm. Tickets are priced £15-35. CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!

Show trailer


Jeannette Bayardelle reprises her role as Shida, for which she won an AUDELCO Award for Outstanding Solo Performance. SHIDA also received an IRNE Award nomination for Best Solo Show in 2015. Her theatre credits include The Color Purple (The Broadway Theatre/US tour- the NAACP Theater Award for Best Lead Actress in a Musical), Hair (Al Hirschfeld Theatre), The Best of Both Worlds (The Women's Project Theater/American Repertory Theater), Rock of Ages (New World Stages), Sister Act (North Shore Music Theatre/Theatre by the Sea), Big River, Freaky Friday, Rent (US tour), Girl from the North Country (The Public Theater and the forthcoming Broadway transfer); and for film, The Little Mermaid III. Bayardelle’s albums include I Know Who I Am, Praise Report and Transferable.

Andy Sandberg is a director, writer, actor, and Tony Award-winning producer. His theatre credits as a Director include the world premieres of Shida (Ars Nova - AUDELCO Award nomination for Best Director), Straight (Theatre Row), Application Pending – which he also co-wrote (Westside Theatre - Broadway World Award for Best Off-Broadway Play, Drama Desk Nomination for Outstanding Solo Show), Neurosis and R.R.R.E.D. (DR2 Theatre),Operation Epsilon (Central Square Theater @ MIT - IRNE Award for Best Director), The Last Smoker in America (Westside Theatre), and Craving For Travel - which he co-wrote (Peter J. Sharp Theater @ Playwrights Horizons). As a producer, his credits include Hair (Al Hirschfeld Theatre/Gielgud Theatre - Tony, Drama Desk, Drama League, Outer Critics Circle Awards), The Best Man (Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre - Tony Award nomination for Best Revival of a Play), The Realistic Joneses (Lyceum Theater), A Perfect Future (Cherry Lane Theater), Vigil (DR2 Theatre), Pageant (Davenport Theater - Drama Desk Nomination for Best Revival) and Paradise Found (Menier Chocolate Factory). Sandberg is a graduate of Yale University and a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC), Actors’ Equity Association (AEA) and the Off-Broadway League. 

Broadway Shorts

Broadway Shorts are stunning cinematic interpretations of scenes from Broadway musicals, performed by Jeanette Bayardelle and directed by Tarik Nathan. Once you've seen her takes on the likes of Dear Evan Hansen, Sunday in the Park with George and Come From Away, you may not be able to think of those shows the same way again.

Here's a taste of "Satisfied" from Hamilton...