Timberlake Wertenbaker's Our Country's Good to Tour U.K. Again, Prior to Engagements in Minneapolis and Toronto
26 Mar 2014
Max Stafford-Clark's revival of Timberlake Wertenbaker's Our Country's Good will tour again, ahead of U.S. and Canada engagements. Stafford-Clark originally directed the world premiere of the play in 1988 and restaged it for a U.K. tour in 2012 before a London run at the St. James Theatre in 2013.
It will play this time at Croydon's Ashcroft Theatre (April 23-26), Colchester's Mercury Theatre (April 29-May 3) and Bristol's Old Vic (May 7-10), ahead of a run at the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis from May 21-June 29, and Toronto's Mirvish Theatre from Sept. 16-Oct. 11. Further U.K. dates are also to be announced.
Based on Thomas Keneally's novel "The Playmaker," Our Country’s Good is the true story of a ragbag cast of convicts, who put on a play under the guidance of an earnest young marine officer, Ralph Clark. As the barriers between captors and captives break down, they start to discover each other, both onstage and behind the scenes.
The production is designed by Tim Shortall with lighting by Johanna Town and sound by Andy Smith.
The cast includes Tom Andrews, Victoria Gee, Sam Graham, Cornelius McCarthy, RichardNeale, David Newman, Kathryn O'Reilly, Anna Tierney and Jessica Tomchak.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.