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Olivier Award-Winning Clybourne Park Earns a Pulitzer Prize

Wednesday, 20th Apr 2011  

In the run up to March’s Laurence Olivier Awards there was one play that most expected would pick up the accolade for Best New Play, so there were no surprises when it finally landed the award at the ceremony at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane. But now Bruce Norris’s Clybourne Park can add another honour to the long list of praise that has been heaped upon it – a Pulitzer Prize for drama. The play, which currently draws in the crowds at its West End home of the Wyndham’s Theatre, beat out other contenders like “Detroit” by Lisa D’Amour and “A Free Man of Color” by John Guare.

“Clybourne Park” is set on a street that goes by the same name, with the action taking place in two different eras – the 1950s and more recent times. By doing this the audience is able to compare and contrast the attitudes in the two eras as issues that people might have thought were a thing of the past continue to play a part in the world around us. In 1959 a house is put up for sale by a particular family and when the new buyers are a black family it causes discontent and tension within the neighbourhood. Fast-forward to 2009 and another family is moving into the same house and when similar tensions arise it is clear that whilst some things change, others stay very much the same.

The show was first seen at the Royal Court Theatre, a location that was home to last year’s “Enron” and “Jerusalem” ahead of their West End transfers, and eventually made the transition to the West End’s Wyndham’s Theatre in January 2011. Audiences have until Saturday 7th May 2011 to get hold of Theatre Tickets to witness the production before it leaves the London theatre. It had originally appeared in New York and whilst it was not successful during that run its success in the UK has brought up the discussion of a Broadway appearance.

The announcement of the Pulitzer Prizes took place yesterday (Monday 18th April 2011) at Columbia University in New York. Other winners included “A Visit from the Goon Squad” by Jennifer Egan in the Fiction category and “The Fiery Trial: Abrahan Lincoln and American Slavery” by Eric Foner in the History category, among others. The prize comes with an award amounting to $10,000.

“Clybourne Park” continues at the Wyndham’s Theatre and is currently booking to Saturday 7th May 2011.

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