Arranged quickly after the early closure of Neil LaBute’s The Shape of Things, Guantanamo will follow that play into the New Ambassadors Theatre. Previews start on June 16, with opening night scheduled for June 23.
The show weaves together personal stories, legal opinion and political debate to examine the debates surrounding the detentions in Guantanamo Bay. It asks how much damage is being done to Western democratic values during the "war on terror."
Tricycle boss Nicolas Kent directs. He also directed the Tricycle’s last political play, Justifying War, about the Hutton Enquiry — alongside Sacha Wares. Miriam Buether designs, with lighting design by Johanna Town.
The returning original cast includes David Annen, Paul Bhattacharjee, Daniel Cerqueira, Jan Chappell, William Hoyland, Tariq Jordan, Aaron Neil, Alan Parnaby, Patrick Robinson, Theo Fraser Steele and Badi Uzzaman. The play has been put together by Victoria Brittain, ex-Associate Foreign Editor of The Guardian, and South African-born author Gillian Slovo. Sonia Friedman produces Guantanamo in the West End.
As well as Hutton, the Tricycle’s previous political shows dealt with subjects such as the Stephen Lawrence enquiry and the Scott "Arms to Iraq" enquiry. For more information, phone (0)870 060 6627.