President of an Empty Room Opens at London's National June 28

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Voodoo is not often seen on the stages of the National Theatre, but Steven Knight’s new play boasts the tag line “A Story of Voodoo, Heroin and Tobacco.”
Jim Carter and Georgina Ackerman in President of an Empty Room
Jim Carter and Georgina Ackerman in President of an Empty Room Photo by James Sparshatt

The President of an Empty Room opens in the Cottesloe Theatre on June 28. Knight is a first-timer at the NT. He’s best known for writing the screenplay for the movie “Dirty Pretty Things” (and is also working on the Nicole Kidman vehicle “Emma’s War,” as well as Michael Apted’s William Wilbeforce biopic, “Amazing Grace”).

President of an Empty Room is set in a Cuban cigar-rolling factory. A senior roller proclaims a democracy, and all hell breaks loose. Opera, flamenco dancing, fights, sexual inadequacies, all come out in the chaos — as Miguel dreams of his lover, who has gone to America.

Howard Davies directs, with designs by Bunny Christie and lighting designs by Mark Henderson. Scarlett Mackmin choreographs, Paddy Cunneen is the composer, and Paul Arditti the sound designer.

The cast includes Jim Carter, Paul Hilton, Fraser James, Inika Leigh Wright, Petra Letang, Stephen Moore, Lucian Msamati, Anthony O’Donnell and Tracey Saunders. The show is scheduled to run through Aug. 27, 2005.

For more information, call (0)20 7452 3000.


From Left: Inika Leigh Wright, Lucian Msamati, Paul Hilton and Petra Letang in <i>President of an Empty Room</i>
From Left: Inika Leigh Wright, Lucian Msamati, Paul Hilton and Petra Letang in President of an Empty Room Photo by Inika Leigh Wright, Lucian Msamati, Paul Hilton and Petra Letang in <i>President of an Empty Room</i>
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