Cruz's Anna In The Tropics Starts London Premiere Nov. 25

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London's Hampstead Theatre, which has had a pretty torrid time since opening its new building in Swiss Cottage, is looking to improve its fortunes with a Pulitzer Prize-winner. Nilo Cruz’s Anna in the Tropics previews from Nov. 25, with opening night set for Nov. 30.

The work of Cuban playwright Cruz is much in demand throughout the U.S., with his other plays Lorca in a Green Dress and Beauty of the Father having had multiple productions there. Anna snatched the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and a 2004 Tony Award nomination for Best Play. Set in 1929 Florida, Anna depicts a reader, or “lector,” who is employed to read to the employees of a cigar factory. But the choice of book — Tolstoy’s “Anna Karenina” — has explosive consequences.

In New York the cast featured Jimmy Smits and Priscilla Lopez. The Hampstead production will star Diana Quick and Joseph Mydell and will be directed by Indhu Rubasingham. Quick, a winner of Emmy and BAFTA awards, was last seen on the London stage in the Shared Experience production of After Mrs. Rochester, which played the Lyric Hammersmith and the Duke of York’s Theatre in the West End. Mydell has an Olivier Award to his resume (for Perestroika, part two of Tony Kushner’s Angels in America at the National Theatre) as well as numerous credits with the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Anna in the Tropics will run at the Hampstead until Jan. 8, 2005. For more information, call (0)207 722 9301.

Enzo Cilenti (left), Eric Loren, Rachael Stirling, Peter Polycarpou, Lorraine Burroughs, Joseph Mydell and Diana Quick of <i>Anna in the Tropics</i> at the Hampstead Theatre
Enzo Cilenti (left), Eric Loren, Rachael Stirling, Peter Polycarpou, Lorraine Burroughs, Joseph Mydell and Diana Quick of Anna in the Tropics at the Hampstead Theatre Photo by Robert Day
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