Directed by the Royal Court's artistic director Dominic Cooke, who launched his regime at the theatre directing another Norris play, The Pain and the Itch, in 2007, the West End transfer will see Lorna Brown, Sarah Goldberg, Michael Goldsmith, Lucian Msamati, Sam Spruell and Sophie Thompson reprising their roles.
The play, which was openly inspired by Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun, was previously produced in February 2010 at New York's Playwrights Horizons, and in other U.S. cities. The play explores the fault line between race and property. Written in two parts, over two generations in 1959 and 2009, the play has the company perform a different role in each act. The first act, set in 1959, revolves around Russ and Bev, who are selling their desirable two-bed at a knock-down price. This enables the first black family to move into the neighborhood, creating ripples of discontent among the cozy white urbanites of Clybourne Park. In 2009, the same property is being bought by Lindsey and Steve whose plans to raze the house and start again is met with a similar response. Are the issues festering beneath the floorboards actually the same 50 years on?
Brown's theatre credits include Short Fuses at the Bristol Old Vic, Once on this Island at Hackney Empire, Things of Dry Hours at the Royal Exchange and 93.2FM at the Royal Court. On television, she has appeared in "The Catherine Tate Show," as Leanne Samuels in "The Bill" and "French and Saunders."
Goldberg's credits include Miss Lilly Gets Boned at the Finborough, Six Degrees of Separation at The Old Vic, Apologia at the Bush Theatre and the Wallace Shawn readings at the Royal Court Theatre.
Msamati's theatre credits include Ruined at the Almeida, Death and the King's Horseman and The Overwhelming at the National Theatre and Pericles at the RSC. On screen, he has appeared in "Ashes to Ashes," "The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency" and "Spooks." Spruell's theatre credits include The Caretaker at Theatre Royal Bath and Pornography at the Birmingham Rep and Traverse Theatre. On film, he has appeared in "The Hurt Locker," "Defiance," "Elizabeth: The Golden Age" and "London to Brighton." On television, he has appeared in "Luther," "The Fixer," "Ashes to Ashes," "Foyle's War" and "Spooks."
Thompson's theatre credits include Measure for Measure at Shakespeare's Globe, Into the Woods (for which she received an Olivier Award for Best Actress In A Musical) and Company both at the Donmar Warehouse, and Wildest Dreams at the RSC for which she was nominated for an Olivier Award. On television, she played Stella Crawford in "EastEnders" and also appeared in "May Contain Nuts," "A Room with a View," "The Railway Children" and "Persuasion."
Cook has also directed Aunt Dan and Lemon, The Fever, Seven Jewish Children, Wig Out!, Now or Later, Rhinoceros and two plays in Mark Ravenhill's epic play cycle Shoot/Get Treasure/Repeat at the Royal Court. His recent credits elsewhere include Arabian Nights and Noughts and Crosses, both for the RSC, as adapter and director. He won the Olivier award for Best Director and Best Revival for The Crucible.
Clybourne Park is designed by Robert Innes Hopkins, with lighting by Paule Constable and sound by David McSeveney. It is produced in the West End by Royal Court Theatre Productions, Sonia Friedman Productions and Old Vic Productions.
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