The Royal and Derngate and English Touring Theatre are to present August Wilson’s Two Trains Running on tour directed by Nancy Medina.
Royal & Derngate and English Touring Theatre have announce the full cast for Nancy Medina’s production of August Wilson’s Two Trains Running. Medina directs Geoff Aymer (West), Ray Emmet Brown (Wolf), Derek Ezenagu(Hambone), Andrew French (Memphis), Leon Herbert (Holloway), Michael Salami (Sterling) and Anita-Joy Uwajeh(Risa). The production opens at Royal & Derngate Northampton on 4 September, with previews from 31 August and runs until 14 September before embarking on a UK tour to Nuffield Southampton Theatres, Oxford Playhouse, Cast Doncaster, New Wolsey Theatre, Yvonne Arnaud Theatre and Derby Theatre.
There’s a controversial new president in the White House, and racial tensions are on the rise.
It is Pittsburgh, 1969, and the regulars of Memphis Lee’s restaurant are struggling to cope with the turbulence of a rapidly changing world. The diner is in threat of being torn down, a casualty of the city’s renovation project that is sweeping away the buildings of a community, but not its spirit.
The iconic American playwright August Wilson paints a vivid portrait of everyday lives in this defining moment of American history.
August Wilson (1945–2005) was an American playwright. He won a Pulitzer Prize and a Tony Award for his play Fencesand earned a second Pulitzer Prize for The Piano Lesson. His other notable works include King Hedley II, Seven Guitars, Gem of the Ocean, Jitney and Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.
Directed by Nancy Medina, this major revival will introduce this Pulitzer Prize-shortlisted modern classic to UK-wide audiences for the first time. Nancy is the recipient of the 2018 RTST Sir Peter Hall Director Award, this year hosted by Royal & Derngate, to enable an emerging director of exceptional potential to direct their first regional mainstage production.
AUGUST WILSON’S TWO TRAINS RUNNING TOUR
31 August – 14 September 2019
Royal and Derngate Northampton
17 – 21 September 2019
Nuffield Southampton Theatres
8 – 12 October 2019
New Wolsey Theatre
15 – 19 October 2019
Yvonne Arnaud Theatre
22 – 27 October 2019
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