Lenny Henry continues to wow audiences as a London stage actor in 2013 as the hit production of Fences, in which he portrays August Wilson’s character Troy Maxson, transfers from the Theatre Royal Bath to the Duchess Theatre. It means that London theatre audiences will be able to explore the world dramatised in August Wilson’s 1983 play, which sees a bitter man take out his frustrations on his family in 1950s Pittsburgh.
In addition to Henry, the cast also includes Peter Bankole, Colin McFarlane, Tanya Moodi and Ashley Zhangazha, whilst Paulette Randall takes on directing duties.
Lenny Henry portrays Troy Maxson in the production, a man who lives in 1950s Pittsburgh, between the Korean and Vietnam wars, and holds a lot of resentment as he struggles in his world. He was once a promising athlete and he had a bright future ahead of him, but that future was stolen from him and he is now bitter man who takes out his frustrations on his son and wife. The story was the recipient of numerous awards upon its premiere in the 1980s, with a Pulitzer Prize to its name and various Tony Awards thanks to its revivals.
Lenny Henry needs little introduction and there is little doubt that his star turn as Maxson will attract a great deal of attention, leading to high sales of theatre tickets. Over the decades he has been a well known comedian and this has seen him appear in a wealth of classic British comedy shows and stand-up specials, with numerous appearances for Comic Relief along the way. However, in 2009, he surprised audiences with his portrayal of Othello for the West Yorkshire Playhouse, which earned him great praise both there and at Trafalgar Studios 1 upon its West End transfer. He followed it up in 2011 with The Comedy Of Errors at the Olivier National Theatre and Fences marks the latest occasion in which audiences see this new side to a well known personality.
Following Alan Bennett’s Untold Stories and ahead of the opening of The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui in September, Fences runs at the Duchess Theatre from Wednesday 26th June 2013 (previews from Wednesday 19th June 2013) to Saturday 14th September 2013.
|Booking From:||Wednesday, 19th June 2013|
|Booking Until:||Saturday, 14th September 2013|
|Running Time:||2 hours 40 mins|
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