Cast update for Clybourne Park at Royal Court from 26 Aug

Cast update for Clybourne Park by Bruce Norris, which opens at the Royal Court Downstairs, 2 Sep 2010, following previews from 26 Aug - running to 2 Oct 2010.

Cast includes Martin Freeman, Sophie Thompson, Lucian Msamati, Lorna Brown, Sarah Goldberg, Steffan Rhodri, Sam Spruell.

Directed by Dominic Cooke, designed by Robert Innes Hopkins, lighting by Paule Constable, sound by David McSeveney.

Satirical new play explores the fault line between race and property. In 1959 Russ and Bev are selling their desirable two-bed at a knock-down price. This enables the first Black family to move into the neighbourhood, creating ripples of discontent amongst the cosy white urbanites of Clybourne Park. In 2009, the same property is being bought by Lindsey and Steve whose plans to raze the house and start again is met with a similar response. Are the issues festering beneath the floorboards actually the same fifty years on?

Martin Freeman’s London stage credits include The Exonerated at Riverside Studios, Blue Eyes and Heels at the Soho Theatre and Kosher Harry at the Royal Court. On television, he is best known for playing Tim in Ricky Gervais’ The Office.

Sophie Thompson’s London stage credits include Measure for Measure at Shakespeare’s Globe, Into the Woods at the Donmar Warehouse, Company at the Donmar Warehouse. On television, she played Stella Crawford in EastEnders. On film, she appeared in Four Weddings and a Funeral, Emma and Gosford Park.

Lucian Msamati’s London stage credits include Ruined at the Almeida, Death and the King’s Horseman and The Overwhelming at the National Theatre, Pericles at the RSC, The Resistible Rise Of Arturo Ui at the Lyric Theatre and Fabulation at the Tricycle. On screen, he has appeared in Ashes to Ashes, The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency and Spooks.

Lorna Brown’s London stage credits include Once on this Island at Hackney Empire and 93.2 FM at the Royal Court. On television, she has appeared in Catherine Tate, The Bill as Leanne Samuels and French and Saunders.

Sarah Goldberg’s London stage credits include Miss Lilly Gets Boned at the Finborough, Six Degrees of Separation at The Old Vic, Apologia at the Bush Theatre and the Wallace Shawn readings at the Royal Court Theatre.

Steffan Rhodri’s London stage credits include Abigai’s Party at Hampstead Theatre and the West End. On television, his credits include playing Dave ‘Coaches’ in the BBC’s comedy Gavin and Stacey.

Sam Spruell’s film credits, he has appeared in The Hurt Locker, Defiance, Elizabeth: The Golden Age and London to Brighton. On television, he has appeared in Luther, The Fixer, Ashes to Ashes, Foyle’s War and Spooks.

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