Clybourne Park Receives British Premiere at London's Royal Court, Opening Sept. 2

News   Clybourne Park Receives British Premiere at London's Royal Court, Opening Sept. 2
 
Clybourne Park, a satirical comedy that was first seen at New York's Playwrights Horizons earlier this year, receives its British premiere at London's Royal Court, opening officially Sept. 2 (following previews that began Aug. 26), for a run that is booking through Oct. 2.

Bruce Norris
Bruce Norris Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN

The production reunites playwright Bruce Norris with director Dominic Cooke, who previously directed Norris' The Pain and the Itch at the theatre in 2007 as his debut production as artistic director there.

The cast includes Martin Freeman (best known for his role as Tim in TV's "The Office"), Steffan Rhodri (Dave 'Coaches' in TV's "Gavin and Stacey") and Sophie Thompson (Stella Crawford in TV's "EastEnders" and whose film credits include "Four Weddings and a Funeral," "Emma" and "Gosford Park"). Also in the company are Lorna Brown, Sarah Goldberg, Lucian Msamati, Sam Spruell and Michael Goldsmith.

According to press materials, the play explores the fault line between race and property. Written in two parts, over two generations in 1959 and 2009, the company will play a different role in each act. In 1959 Russ and Bev 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 amongst 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 fifty years on?

The production is designed by Robert Innes Hopkins with lighting by Paule Constable and sound by David McSeveney.

To book tickets, contact the box office on 020 7565 5000, or visit www.royalcourttheatre.com.

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