August Wilson's Fences, Starring Lenny Henry, to Transfer to the West End's Duchess Theatre

News   August Wilson's Fences, Starring Lenny Henry, to Transfer to the West End's Duchess Theatre The current touring production of August Wilson's Fences, which premiered at Bath's Theatre Royal in February starring Lenny Henry, is to transfer to the West End's Duchess Theatre, beginning performances June 19 prior to an official opening June 26, for a 13-week run through Sept. 14.

It is currently on the road, with remaining dates to be played at Milton Keynes Theatre (March 18-23), Oxford Playhouse (March 25-30), Theatre Cymru, Mold (April 2-6), Malvern Theatre (April 8-13) and Cambridge Arts Theatre (April 15-20). It is directed by Paulette Randall, former artistic director of Talawa Theatre Company, who is directing her fifth play by Wilson here. Henry, who has played the title role of Othello in the West End and starred in The Comedy of Errors at the National Theatre, plays Troy Maxson, a once gifted athlete denied his turn at the big time and now struggling through daily life in Pittsburgh. Resentful of a world he believes has denied him chances at every turn, he takes out his anger on a sports-obsessed son and his loyal wife.

The play, which won the 1987 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the 1987 Tony Award for Best Play, was originally produced at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center in Connecticut in 1983, beofre premiering at Broadway's 46th Street Theatre (now the Rodgers) in 1987, starring James Earl Jones as Troy Maxson. It was subsequently revived at the Cort Theatre in 2010 with Denzel Washington. It was previously seen in the West End in 1990 starring Yaphet Kotto.

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