Chimerica by Lucy Kirkwood cast at Almieda Theatre

Casting has been announced for the Almeida Theatre & Headlong co production Chimerica, by Lucy Kirkwood, which is now at the Almeida Theatre, a 325-seat Off West End venue in Angel, north London, from 20 May to 29 June 2013.

Directed by Lyndsey Turner, the cast includes Claudie Blakley, Stephen Campbell Moore, Benedict Wong, Elizabeth Chan, Vera Chok, Karl Collins, Trevor Cooper, Nancy Crane, Sean Gilder, Sarah Lam, Andrew Leung, David K. S. Tse.

Designed by Es Devlin , lighting by Tim Lutkin, costumes by Christina Cunningham, sound by Carolyn Downing.

Tiananmen Square, 1989. As tanks roll through Beijing and soldiers hammer on his hotel door, Joe – a young American phottojournalist – captures a piece of history. In New York, 2012 Joe is covering a presidential election, marred by debate over cheap labour and the outsourcing of American jobs to Chinese factories. When a cryptic message is left in a Beijing newspaper, Joe is driven to discover the truth behind the unknown hero he captured on film. Who was he? What happened to him? And could he still be alive?

Claudie Blakley was last at the Almeida in The Lady from the Sea. Her theatre credits include The Comedy of Errors, The Cherry Orchard and Attempts on Her Life for the National Theatre, Di and Viv and Rose for Hampstead Theatre.

Stephen Campbell Moore was recently seen on stage at the Donmar Warehouse in Berenice. His previous theatre credits include Clybourne Park for the Royal Court, All My Sons at the Apollo Theatre, Much Ado About Nothing and Antony and Cleopatra for the Royal Shakespeare Company and The History Boys for the National Theatre.

Benedict Wong played Laertes in Hamlet at the Young Vic opposite Michael Sheen. His many film credits include Ridley Scott’s Prometheus, The Lady, Dirty Pretty Things, Moon, Grow Your Own and Danny Boyle’s Sunshine. The Counselor directed by Ridley Scott, Hummingbird written and directed by Steven Knight and Kick Ass 2 will be released later this year. Also Wong is soon to be seen in the Channel 4 drama Run, the RTS award winning drama Top Boy and Mathew Baynton and James Corden's BBC comedy The Wrong Mans.

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