Two Strangers (Carry a Cake Across New York) in the West End

Booking to 31 Aug 2024

Tim Johanson Productions, Glass Half Full Productions and Jamie Wilson Productions present

The Kiln Theatre production


In the West End

by Jim Barne and Kit Buchan
Directed by Tim Jackson

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Two Strangers (Carry a Cake Across New York) became the talk of the town when it premiered on our stage in 2023. Catch this new hit musical when it transfers to the West End’s Criterion Theatre in Piccadilly Circus this spring!

Dougal is a naive, impossibly upbeat Brit who’s just landed in New York for his dad’s second wedding. The dad he’s never known. Waiting for him at the airport is Robin, the sister of the bride. She’s a native New Yorker, she’s late for work, and she doesn’t have time to stop and see the sights. Instant attraction? Nope. But with an extravagant wedding approaching and the Big Apple at their feet, anything could happen…

This intimate and refreshingly original show is one part “rom” and two parts “com”, with a splash of culture clash. Two Strangers is the toast of 2024 – so book now, and remember the full title later.

Important Information


To be announced in due course.



Please contact the Criterion Box Office for any booking inquiries.

Phone: 033 33 202 895


The Criterion Theatre Box Office is located within the theatre building in Piccadilly Circus and is open Tuesday-Saturday from 10am and Sunday from 11:30am. The Box Office is closed on Monday.


This musical was first produced by the Royal & Derngate Northampton and New Wolsey Ipswich when it was called The Season.

This musical was developed through the Stiles and Drewe MTI Mentorship Award.

Excerpts from an earlier version of this musical were presented at BEAM2018, supported by Mercury Musical Developments and Musical Theatre Network.

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Ticket Prices

Main run tickets from £15 – £99


2 hours and 10 minutes with a 15 minute interval


Booking to 31 Aug 2024




An irresistibly sweet treat


It’s a charmer
The Guardian


Gem of a show
The Independent


The performances are the very definition of the icing on the cake
Theatre Weekly


It’s hard not to love this ode to romcoms
Theatre Weekly



Dujonna Gift

Robin Delafosse

Dujonna Gift plays Robin. Her theatre work includes the multi-Olivier Award-winning, smash hit musical Hamilton (Victoria Palace Theatre), Caroline or Change (Playhouse Theatre) and Motown: The Musical (Shaftesbury Theatre). Her film work includes the upcoming Disney’s Snow White opposite Rachel Zegler.

Sam Tutty

Dougal Todd

Sam Tutty plays Dougal. His theatre work includes the role of Evan Hansen in Dear Evan Hansen (Noël Coward Theatre) for which he won the Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical and Once on this Island (British Theatre Academy/Southwark Playhouse). For film, his work includes Four Minute Warning and Romeo & Juliet, and for television, Hollyoaks.


Kit Buchan


Kit Buchan is a poet and journalist. His poems have been commended in the Poetry London and Ware Poets competitions and the Best British Poetry anthology. He works for the Observer New Review and the Woodland Trust.

Jim Barne


Jim Barne is a composer and orchestrator. He has written music for films including Oscar-nominated Living (2022), The Ghost Trap (2023) and Worth (2021). He has won the London Chamber Orchestra’s young composer competition, and Best New Score at the Horrorhaus Film Festival.

Tim Jackson


Tim Jackson is a Director and Choreographer, and former Creative Associate of The Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch. Tim recently choreographed Neil Patrick Harris in Doctor Who: The Giggle and the critically acclaimed Broadway production of Merrily We Roll Along starring Daniel Radcliffe, Jonathan Groff and Lindsay Mendez.

As Director: Kinky Boots (New Wolsey Theatre); The Hound of the Baskervilles (UK Tour); Treasure Island (Bolton Octagon); The Season (Royal & Derngate/New Wolsey Theatre); The Oliviers in Concert (Royal Festival Hall) and The Stable (Lyric Theatre).

As associate director: High Society (The Old Vic) and A Little Night Music (Tokyo).

As Choreographer: Merrily We Roll Along (Hudson Theatre/New York Theatre Workshop/Tokyo National Theater/Huntington Theatre/Harold Pinter Theatre/Menier Chocolate Factory); A Christmas Carol (Dominion Theatre); Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Apollo Theatre); Stepping Out (Vaudeville Theatre); Saturday Night (Arts Theatre); Little Shop of Horrors (Manchester Royal Exchange); Oliver! (Watermill); The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 3/4 (Curve Theatre) and Parade (Southwark Playhouse).

Opera includes: La Périchole (Garsington Opera), La Bohème (Middle East tour) The Marriage of Figaro (European tour).

Television includes: four Olivier Awards Ceremonies, Doctor Who, Let’s Sing and Dance for Comic Relief, BBC1’s New Year’s Eve.

Tim has an MA from Mountview Academy and a BA in Music from Oxford University specialising in Orchestration and Vocal Performance. Tim works as a singing coach and recently coached Bill Nighy for his Oscar-nominated performance in Living.

Soutra Gilmour


Soutra Gilmour has received huge acclaim for her work, recognised with five Olivier Award nominations and two Tony Award nominations including Best Set Design for Betrayal and Best Costume Design for Cyrano de Bergerac.


Theatre credits include: The EffectMoon on a Rainbow ShawlTwelfth NightLes BlancsRomeo and Juliet (National Theatre); My Brilliant Friend (National Theatre/Rose Theatre Kingston); A Doll’s House (Hudson Theatre, New York); Merrily We Roll Along (Menier Chocolate Factory/NYTW/Hudson Theatre, New York); Assassins (Menier Chocolate Factory); Further than the Furthest Thing, Bull (Young Vic); The Secret Life of BeesMacbethReasons to be Pretty (Almeida Theatre); Running with LionsOut WestAngels in America (Lyric Hammersmith); To the Streets (Birmingham Hippodrome); Pinter at the PinterThe Lover/The CollectionCyrano De Bergerac (BAM, New York/Harold Pinter Theatre); & Juliet (Shaftesbury Theatre/Stephen Sondheim Theatre, New York); Evita (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre); Timon of Athens (RSC/TFANA, New York); Guys  and Dolls (Royal Exchange Manchester); The Band’s VisitKnives in HensInadmissible Evidence (Donmar Warehouse); Piaf (Donmar Warehouse/Teatro Liceo); The SeagullApologiaRichard IIIThe MaidsThe HomecomingMacbeth (Trafalgar Transformed); The Guards at the Taj (Bush Theatre); Pitchfork DisneyKiller (Shoreditch Town Hall); Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Crucible/Northern Stage); I See YouThe Pride (Royal Court); Reasons To Be Happy (Hampstead Theatre); Urinetown (St James Theatre); The CrucibleDuchess of Malfi (Old Vic); The Birthday Party (Sheffield Crucible/Northern Stage); The Caretaker (Crucible/Tricycle); Our Friends in the NorthRuby MoonSon of Man (Northern Stage); The Commitments (The Palace Theatre) and From Here to Eternity (Shaftesbury Theatre).


Opera credits include: Breaking the Waves (Scottish Opera); Jack the Ripper (ENO); The Turn of the Screw (Regent’s Park); QuartettIris (Royal Opera House/Opera Holland Park); CarmenSaulHansel and GretelAnna BolenaDon GiovanniCosi Fan Tutte (Opera North); Mary StuartThe Birds and Trouble in Tahiti (ETO).

Jack Knowles

Lighting Designer

Tony Gayle

Sound Designer

Lux Pyramid


Julia Horan CDG

Casting Director

Claira Vaughan

Associate Director