London's Tricycle Season to Include Sam Shepard's True West and Marcus Gardley's The House That Will Not Stand

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London's Tricycle Theatre has announced its fall season that will include Sam Shepard's True West, the British premiere of Marcus Gardley's The House That Will Not Stand and a Christmas run for Complicite's Lionboy.

True West will begin performances Sept. 4 prior to an official opening Sept. 9, for a run through Oct. 4. Philip Breen will revive his production that was originally produced at Glasgow's Citizens' Theatre in 2013. In the play that revolves around two brothers, Austin (Alex Ferns) is an earnest screenwriter on the verge of success, who is working on a script he has sold to a Hollywood producer while house-sitting for his mother in LA. When his brother Lee (Eugene O'Hare), a drifter and petty thief, decides to stop by, he pitches his own idea for a movie and convinces the producer to ditch Austin’s love story for his own trashy Western tale. Now they must work together to secure the deal. But with mistrust and jealousy bubbling under the surface and the heat of a Californian night melting away their inhibitions, their own flaws threaten to get in the way.

The House That Will Not Stand begins performances Oct. 9 prior to an official opening Oct. 17 for a run through Nov. 17. The Tricycle's artistic director Indhu Rubasingham directs the play, which is described in press materials as a drama of desire, jealousy, murder and voodoo.  Set in  "New Orleans in 1836 where Louisiana's 'free people of color' are prospering, Beartrice has become one of the city's wealthiest women through her relationship with a rich white man. However, when her partner mysteriously dies, the foundations of freedom she has built for herself and their three unwed daughters begins to crumble. Society is changing, racial divides are growing, and as the household turns on each other in their fight for survival, it could cost them everything." 

Mark Thomas will return to the Tricycle in Cuckooed, running Dec. 1-13, a true story of how Britain's biggest arms manufacturer came to spy on a comedian. "Ten years ago an activist and close friend of Mark's was exposed as a spy for BAE Systems infiltrating the movement. Now Mark wants to find him and has some questions to ask. In this personal tale of hubris, planes, demos and undercover deceit, the performer tries to unearth what it means to be spied upon by a corporation under the sanction of the state." It is directed by  Emma Callander.

Finally, Complicite's Lionboy, adapted by Marcelo Dos Santos from the novels of Zizou Corder, begins performances Dec. 17 prior to an official opening Dec. 18, for a run through Jan. 10, 2015. Originally directed by Annabel Arden, this revival is directed by Clive Mendus with James Yeatman. It revolves around Charlie Ashanti, "who lives in a future where phones are powered by the sun, cars are banned and companies are more powerful than countries. Charlie is a perfectly normal boy, except for one thing: he can speak to cats. So when his parents are kidnapped, he sets off on a rescue mission – with a little help from a floating circus and its pride of performing lions."

Priority booking for Tricycle members opens June 9. Public booking opens June 12. To book tickets, contact the box office on 020 7328 1000 or visit

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