Having impressed audiences at the Royal Court Theatre at the beginning of Autumn in 2010, the hit show “Clybourne Park” makes the transition to the West End where it will take to the stage of the Wyndham’s Theatre for an anticipated run from January 2011. The acclaimed play, from the American playwright Bruce Norris, had its premiere on the other side of the Atlantic earlier in the year and with its themes of race and integration has managed to turn many heads. But whilst its reputation will ensure plenty of theatregoers will be picking up theatre tickets to witness the action first hand, the show has also put together a stellar cast in London, with Martin Freeman of “The Office” amongst those taking to the stage.
It is the latest show to transfer from the Royal Court to the West End, following successful transfers of shows such as “Enron”, which racked up an abundance of nominations at the recent Laurence Olivier Awards. With the reputation that “Clybourne Park” has already gained, it is expected that history will be repeated once again for the London theatre production.
The title comes from the name of the street in the play, taking the form of a neighbourhood that we visit during two different eras and witness how things change and stay the same. The first time we visit it is in 1959 when a house is put up for sale and a black family decides to move in, causing discontent and controversy. Fast forward to 2009 and we once again find a couple moving into the same property and we realise that certain attitudes never really change.
Martin Freeman appears in the production having made a career out of appearing in various British comedy shows and movies. His most famous role has undoubtedly been that of Tim in the hit sitcom “The Office” and since then he has appeared in films like “The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy”, “Shaun of the Dead”, “Love Actually” and, more recently, the BBC television series “Sherlock”.
Meanwhile, his co-star Sophie Thompson won a Laurence Olivier Award in 1999 for her appearance in “Into the Woods” at the Donmar Warehouse. Her other credits include “The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes”, “EastEnders” and “Doc Martin”.
The play will also star Lucian Msamati with direction from Dominic Cooke. It appears at the Wyndham’s following the closure of long-running show Avenue Q, having already appeared at the Royal Court and Playwrights Horizons in New York. It begins its West End run in January 2011.
|Booking From:||Friday, 28th January 2011|
|Booking Until:||Saturday, 7th May 2011|
|Matinees:||Thursday and Saturday 2.30pm|
|Evenings:||Monday to Saturday 7.30pm|
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