Full Casting Announced for London Premiere of Nottage's Ruined

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Full casting has been announced for the U.K. premiere of Lynn Nottage's Pulitzer Prize winning Ruined, which begins performances April 15, prior to an official opening April 22, at London's Almeida Theatre. It will run through June 5.

Joining the previously announced Jenny Jules (Mama) and Lucian Msamati (Christian) in Indhu Rubasingham's production are Damola Adelaja (Simon), David Ajala (Fortune), Michelle Asante (Salima), Silas Carson (Mr Harari), Kehinde Fadipe (Josephine), Joel Kangudi (Soldier/Laurent), Okezie Morro (Jerome Kisembe), Wunmi Mosaku (Sophie) and Steve Toussaint (Commander Osembenga).

The production features designs by Robert Jones, with lighting by Oliver Fenwick, original music by Dominic Kanza and sound by Christopher Shutt.

Adelaja is currently appearing in the Royal Exchange, Manchester production of A Raisin in the Sun (through Feb. 10), and was also seen in Dreams Come Out to Play for Birmingham Rep. On film, he was seen in "Rag Tag."

Ajala's previous theatre credits include the National Theatre's current production of Nation as well as Death and the King's Horseman, Hamlet, A Midsummer Night's Dream and Love's Labour's Lost for the Royal Shakespeare Company. TV credits include "Dr. Who," "Dream Team" and "The Bill" and on film his credits include "Adulthood," "The Dark Knight" and "Following Footsteps."

Asante's theatre credits include Torn at the Arcola Theatre, Dirty Butterfly at the Young Vic and Two Hundred Years at Watford Palace Theatre. TV credits include "Law and Order," "The Bill" and "Harley Street." Film credits include "London Boulevard" and "Heat." Carson was previously seen at the Almeida as Banquo in Macbeth Other theatre credits include Arabian Nights for the Royal Shakespeare Company, Baghdad Wedding for Soho Theatre and Much Ado About Nothing for Regent's Park Open Air Theatre. He has previously worked with director Rubasingham in Shakuntala for the Gate Theatre and A Doll's House for the Young Vic. TV credits include "Waterloo Road," "Bonekickers" and "Outnumbered." His film credits include "Pimp," "Boogie Wonderland" and "Franklyn."

Fadipe's theatre credits are Ma Kelly Goes to the Games for the Attic Theatre and Hurried Steps at the Finborough.

Kangudi's theatre credits are Un Ballo at the Royal Opera House and most recently he played the Police Sergeant in The Making of Moo at The Orange Tree.

Morro has previously been seen onstage at the Arcola Theatre in Innocence. TV credits are "Blacebo" and "The Bill" and on film he has been seen in "Gulliver's Travels" and "Red Tails."

Mosaku's theatre credits include Katrina at the Bargehouse, Mules for the Young Vic, Rough Crossing for Headlong and The Vertical Hour at the Royal Court. TV credits include "Vera," "Moses Jones" and "Father and Son." Film credits are "The Nuban Project," "Honeymooner" and "Womb."

Toussaint's theatre credits include Hapgood for Birmingham Rep, Fix Up for the National Theatre, Urban Afro-Saxon's for Talawa Theatre and No Boys Cricket Club, also directed by Rubasingham, for the Theatre Royal Stratford East. TV credits include "Doctors," "Skins," "New Tricks" and "Silent Witness" and film credits include "The Prince of Persia: The Sands of Times," "Flight of Fury" and "Shooting Dogs."

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Ruined is set Mama Nadi's bar in a small mining town deep in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Here, her rules apply: no arguments, no politics, no guns. When two new girls tainted with the stigma of their recent past arrive, Mama is forced to reassess her business priorities and personal loyalties. As tales of local atrocities spread and tensions between rebels and government militia rise, the realities of life in civil war provide the ultimate test of the human spirit.

The play, commissioned by Chicago's Goodman Theatre, received its world premiere there in November 2008 before transferring to New York's Manhattan Theatre Club earlier in 2009 (running from January to September). In addition to the Pulitzer, the play was also the recipient of seven Best Play Awards including the New York Critics' Circle Award, two Drama Desk Awards and four Obie Awards.

To book tickets, contact the box office on 020 7359 4404, or visit www.almeida.co.uk

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