Laurence Fishburne's Riff Raff to Receive U.K. Premiere at London's Arcola Theatre

News   Laurence Fishburne's Riff Raff to Receive U.K. Premiere at London's Arcola Theatre Laurence Fishburne's 1995 play Riff Raff will receive its U.K. premiere at London's Arcola Theatre, beginning performances April 6, prior to an official opening April 9, for a run through April 24.
Laurence Fishburne will star in Thurgood.
Laurence Fishburne will star in Thurgood. Photo by Ondrej Rudavsky

The stage and screen actor, who won the 1992 Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play for his performance in the original production of August Wilson's Two Trains Running, was also seen on Broadway in The Lion in Winter in 1999 and Thurgood in 2008. He is best known for his film work, which includes an Oscar-nominated performance as Ike Turner in "What's Love Got To Do With It" as well as roles in "King of New York," "Boyz N The Hood," "Event Horizon," "The Matrix" and its sequels "The Matrix Reloaded" and "The Matrix Revolutions." Riff Raff marked his playwriting debut. The play, set in New York's criminal underworld, revolves around half-brothers Mike "20-20" and Billy "Torch," who are holed up in an abandoned crack den on the Lower East Side. They've got three kilos of smack, blood on their hands and New York's biggest drug lord on their tail. With nowhere to turn, Mike calls his old friend from Brooklyn to get them out of their mess. When the man arrives and the night draws in, stories are swapped, loyalties are tested and the bleakness of their criminal lives threatens to envelop them forever.

The play is directed by Bill Buckhurst for the new theatre company Alarum. His directing credits include seasons at Stafford Shakespeare Festival, Vegemite Tales (Riverside Studios and West End), Penetrator (Theatre 503) and Macbeth at Shakespeare's Globe (Playing Shakespeare). It is designed by Simon Kenny, and produced by Christopher Stafford.

To book tickets, contact the box office at 020 7503 1646, or visit www.arcolatheatre.com.

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