PHOTO CALL: Martin Freeman and Sophie Thompson in London's Clybourne Park

News   PHOTO CALL: Martin Freeman and Sophie Thompson in London's Clybourne Park
 
Bruce Norris' 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.

Director Dominic Cooke's 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.

Here is a look at Clybourne Park:

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?

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

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