London's Tricycle Theatre Announces Spring 2008 Season

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London's Tricycle Theatre has announced its spring 2008 season, which will include productions of Testing the Echo, To Kill a Mockingbird, Under Milk Wood and Topless Mum.

The season will kick off with Out of Joint's presentation of David Edgar's Testing the Echo, April 1-May 3 with a press night set for April 4. Directed by Matthew Dunster, the cast will feature Teresa Banham, Kirsty Bushell, Sushil Chudasama, Farzana Dua Elahe, Ian Dunn, Robert Gwilym, Syrus Lowe and Sirine Saba.

Echo, according to press notes, is described as such: "Secretly, Tetyana wants to escape her marriage. Mahmood gets kidnapped for his own good. And the motley crew in Emma's English class are all looking for something, whether it's a passport – or a fight. As the day of their citizenship ceremony approaches, Emma's students begin to challenge some of her dearest-held beliefs."

The production will feature designs by Paul Wills, lighting by Philip Gladwell and sound by Ian Dickinson.

A six-performance run of Christopher Sergel's adaptation of Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird will follow, playing May 7-10. Directed by Sally Knyvette, the production will benefit Tricycle's writing and education programs. The cast will feature Sir Michael Burton, High Court Judge, Royal Courts of Justice; and Grahame Gordon, Solicitor/Senior Partner of Lowe & Gordon Seminars; as well as Timothy Akers, Sarah Awa, Rachel Barker, Mark Boulle, Mirelle Burridge, Rodney Campbell, Joanna Corr, Annabel Dearing, Bernard George, Seaton Gordon, Janet Grant, Peter Herbert, Peter Hill, Leon Kerr, Colin Manning, Justin Michaelson, Rita Murphy, Maggie Robson and Helena Ross.

Rhiannon Newman Brown will design Mockingbird, which is set in 1930s America "in a small town in the Deep South, [where] lawyer Atticus Finch defends Tom Robinson, a man accused of rape. Atticus shows himself a man of integrity and risks his own and his family's safety to do the right thing in the face of racism. His children, especially his daughter Scout, make a journey of discovery about their father, their neighbours and the community they live in." Malcolm Taylor will then direct the London Theatre Company production of Dylan Thomas' Under Milk Wood, which will play the Tricycle May 12-24 with an official opening scheduled for May 14. Casting will be announced shortly for the play, which press notes state, "captures 24 hours in the lives – and dreams – of the inhabitants of Llareggub, an imaginary, small seaside town in south Wales."

Topless Mum — presented by Tricycle along with Tobacco Factory Productions and Imagineer Productions — will run May 28-June 28 with a press night on June 2. Ron Hutchinson's play, which will be directed by Caroline Hunt, is described as such: "When a soldier returns home after serving in Afghanistan he tempts a newspaper editor with personal photos that seem to expose outrageous acts of brutality. But when their authenticity is questioned, how far can the story be spun to stop the real truth leaking out…"

The season will also include Muju Upstarts Festival, a celebration of Musilm and Jewish arts on March 2. From 1-8 PM Tricycle will present a mix of theatre, film, food, art, comedy and music by artists from Muslim and Jewish backgrounds.

And, on May 18 at 7:30 PM, the Tricycle will host a special performance to benefit Reprieve and the Medical Foundation for the Victims of Torture. Special guests will include Clive Stafford-Smith, Vanessa Redgrave, Philippe Sands QC and Mark Thomas.

Tricycle Theatre is located at 269 Kilburn High Road in London. For more information call 020 7328 1000 or visit www.tricycle.co.uk.

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