Nottage's Ruined Opens in London April 22

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22 Apr 2010

<I>Ruined</I> stars Pippa Bennett Warner and Kehinde Fadipe
Ruined stars Pippa Bennett Warner and Kehinde Fadipe
Tristram Kenton
The U.K. premiere of Lynn Nottage's Pulitzer Prize-winning Ruined officially opens April 22 at London's Almeida Theatre following previews that began April 15. The production is scheduled to run through June 5.

Indhu Rubasingham directs a cast that comprises Jenny Jules (Mama) and Lucian Msamati (Christian), Damola Adelaja (Simon), David Ajala (Fortune), Michelle Asante (Salima), Silas Carson (Mr Harari), Kehinde Fadipe (Josephine), Joel Kangudi (Soldier/Laurent), Okezie Morro (Jerome Kisembe), Wunmi Mosaku (Sophie) and Steve Toussaint (Commander Osembenga).

The production features designs by Robert Jones, with lighting by Oliver Fenwick, original music by Dominic Kanza and sound by Christopher Shutt.

Ruined is set Mama Nadi's bar in a small mining town deep in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Here, her rules apply: no arguments, no politics, no guns. When two new girls tainted with the stigma of their recent past arrive, Mama is forced to reassess her business priorities and personal loyalties. As tales of local atrocities spread and tensions between rebels and government militia rise, the realities of life in civil war provide the ultimate test of the human spirit.

The play, commissioned by Chicago's Goodman Theatre, received its world premiere there in November 2008 before transferring to New York's Manhattan Theatre Club earlier in 2009 (running from January to September). In addition to the Pulitzer, the play was also the recipient of seven Best Play Awards including the New York Critics' Circle Award, two Drama Desk Awards and four Obie Awards.



To book tickets, contact the box office on 020 7359 4404, or visit www.almeida.co.uk.