West End Hit Opened Today
After an award-winning run at the Royal Court Theatre last year, Bruce Norris’s Clybourne Park transferred to the West End’s Wyndham’s Theatre and held their official opening today after being in previews since January 28. Directed by Royal Court Artistic Director Dominic Cooke, the production sees Lorna Brown, Sarah Goldberg, Michael Goldsmith, Lucian Msamti, Sam Spruell and Sophie Thompson reprising their roles. Joining the cast are Stephen Campbell Moore and Stuart McQuarrie.
Inspired by Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun, the play was previously produced at New York’s Playwrights Horizons, and explores the divide between race and property. Set it two distinct time periods the first act has the cast set in 1959, and revolves around Russ and Bev, who are selling their prime two-bedroom home at a low price. This marks the first time a black family moves to the neighborhood, and it sends shock-waves from the residents. In 2009, the same cast takes on second roles, as Lindsey and Steve purchase the house and plan to tear it down and start afresh. The neighborhood reacts in the same manner, and audiences are reminded that maybe not that much has changed after all.
After winning the Evening Standard and Critics’ Circle Theatre Awards for Best New Play, the production and cast are currently nominated for four Olivier Awards.
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Tags: Bruce Norris, Critics' Circle Theatre Award, Dominic Cooke, Evening Standard, Lorna Brown, Lucian Msamti, Michael Goldsmith, Olivier Awards, Playwrights Horizons, Royal Court Theatre, Sam Spruell, Sarah Goldberg, Sophie Thompson, Stephen Campbelle Moore, Stuart McQuarrie, West End, Wyndham's Theatre