The latest theatre sensation to make the transition out of town to a West End stage takes the form of Dream of the Dog, which was first staged at the Finborough Theatre and now looks set to take audiences by storm at Trafalgar Studios 2. The story of a South African farming couple whose past comes back to haunt them will star Janet Suzman in a lead role, with further parts going to Ariyon Bakare, Gracy Goldman and Bernard Kay. Written by Craig Higginson, the show will be directed by Katie McAleese.
Dream of the Dog is set in the recent past as an elderly white couple in South Africa prepare to leave their farm at the start of the new millennium. Patricia and Richard Wiley have sold their property to developers and are packing up their belongings to leave as the story begins, but an arrival from their past looks set to stop things in their tracks. One of their former black workers ‘Look Smart’ disappeared fifteen years ago following a terrible occurrence and his reappearance on the scene stirs some bad memories, with each of those involved recalling the events very differently.
Writer Craig Higginson has produced numerous plays for theatres in London, though he is based at Johannesburg’s Market Theatre where he is the Literary Manager. His credits include Laughter in the Dark for the Royal Shakespeare Company in 2002, which went on to appear on the radio as well. His other credits include The Girl in the Yellow Dress, which premieres in South Africa in 2010, in addition to directing credits for the RSC, the Market Theatre and the Pegasus Theatre in Oxford.
His star Janet Suzman is also from South Africa and has worked both as an actor and as a director for productions ranging from South African theatre to London shows for the stage and screen. She has worked for the Royal Shakespeare Company in plays like The Hollow Crown, Love’s Labour’s Lost and As You Like It, whilst she has also performed in the West End in Whose Life Is It Anyway? opposite Sex and the City star Kim Cattrall. Her other credits include productions of Three Sister and Macbeth in the late 1960s and early 1970s, as well as screen roles such as Nicholas Alexandra, Nuns on the Run, The Singing Detective and A Dry White Season.
Dream of the Dog appears at Trafalgar Studios 2 from Thursday 27th May 2010 (previews from Wednesday 26th May 2010) until Saturday 19th June 2010.
|Booking From:||Wednesday, 26th May 2010|
|Booking Until:||Saturday, 19th June 2010|
|Matinees:||Thursday and Saturday 3pm|
|Evenings:||Monday to Saturday 7.45pm|
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