Emmanuel Kojo



Simon Beresford & Daniel Albert


Local Hero Dir: Bill Forsyth
The Lyceum Edinburgh
Girl From The North Country Dir: Conor McPherson
The Noel Coward Theatre
BBC Proms 2017 (Oklahoma!) Dir: Rachel Kavanaugh
Royal Albert Hall
Twelth Night Dir: Simon Godwin
National Theatre
Show Boat Dir: Daniel Evans
Sheffield Crucible/New London Theatre
Kiss Me Kate Dir: Jo Davies
Opera North
The Scotsboro Boys Dir:Susan Stroman
Garrick Theatre/Young Vic


Enterprice Dir: Kayode Ewumi
Fudge Park Productions Limited
BBC Proms 2017 (Oklahoma!) Dir: Rachel Kavanaugh
Walliams and Friends Dir: Matt Lipsey


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“Kojo graduated from Arts Ed in 2014 and pretty much went straight into the West End production of The Scottsboro Boys. He’s currently smashing the proverbial ball clean out of the Crucible as Joe in the Sheffield venue’s Christmas musical, Show Boat. We’re expecting a transfer of Daniel Evans’ production, but if that doesn’t happen it won’t be long before you see Kojo back in the limelight, trust us.” - Ben Lewis, Whats On Stage

“Emmanuel Kojo makes the song his own. In a direct and tightly focused performance of seeming ease, he channels a voice of rib-vibrating depth and silk-smooth roundness to feel as unforcedly natural as slow water surging powerfully towards the ocean.” - Clare Brennan,The Guardian

“Emmanuel Kojo as Joe sings the haunting “Ol’ Man River” and he has a remarkably rich voice that here rings with a quiet sorrow. Kojo is clearly a talent to watch.” - Daisy Bowie-Sell, Whats On Stage

“But Evans rejects the modern neutralisations of the opening chorus, sticking firmly with “Coloured folk work on the Mississippi River”. To emphasise the point, Emmanuel Kojo’s outstanding Joe intones Ol’ Man River, while plantation workers stagger under their loads and finally collapse with exhaustion.” - Alfred Hickling, The Guardian

“Most powerfully of all, Emmanuel Kojo’s Joe, one of the black shiphands, lends Show Boat’s most famous song, Ol’ Man River, a magnificent note of plangent fatalism. It is a note that, through the song’s repeated refrain, throbs throughout the show like a sorrowful heartbeat.” - Claire Allfree, The Telegraph

The story shows various romances, but my favourite pairing has to be Joe (Emmanuel Kojo) and Queenie (Sandra Marvin). Emmanuel Kojo, has the most magnificent singing voice.” - Lottie Davis-Browne, London Theatre 1

“Emmanuel Kojo’s performance as Joe is wrenched from the pit of his soul. His rendition of Ol’ Man River is epic and appears to sweep through time, pulling history along in its wake. It’s stunning.” - Nick Ahad, Yorkshire Post

“Joe is played by Emmanuel Kojo, who has one of the most beautiful voices I’ve heard in some time and his renditions of ‘Ol’ Man River’, both as a young man and an elderly man are quite something-and each slightly different in the way he fills them with the emotion of a young man working in an oppressive culture firstly and with the nostalgia, wistfulness and love of an old man reflecting on his life.” - Ruth Deller, Broadway World

“Emmanuel Kojo is probably a new name to most. This young talented actor with a remarkable bass range takes Ol’ Man River - one of the biggest songs ever written - and crafts it into an unforgettable performance of utter beauty. Half way into the first act and the audience are in tears. Kojo, who debuted last year in The Scottsboro Boys, is no stranger to suffering the Deep South’s cruelty on stage. He imbues the number with an understated pain and a vocal majesty that matches the river’s underlying power, in one broad sweep capturing the humiliating misery of back-breaking work “while the white folk play”. Kojo is complemented by Sandra Marvin’s Queenie. Marvin wows in everything she sings, with a presence and resonance that command our attention.”  - Jonathan Baz

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