Race & real estate. Mercury Theatre lifts lid on Clybourne Park ahead of tour

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The regional opening of Bruce Norris’s biting satire, Clybourne Park, at Colchester’s Mercury Theatre launches the venue’s first outing as a touring producer.

The production, which has previously only played to London audiences in the UK, opens on April 15 as part of the Made in Colchester Season, with previews from April 8, and runs until April 23.

The tour of Clybourne Park marks a first for the Mercury.Following a string of successful co-productions it is the first time, under Daniel Buckroyd’s leadership, that the theatre has toured as sole producer.

This razor-sharp satire lifts the lid on race and real estate in a fictional Chicago neighbourhood. The swinging sixties are just around the corner as a black family move into a suburban white enclave, triggering all too predictable mutterings from the neighbours.

In rehearsal, Clybourne Park
In rehearsal, Clybourne Park

Fifty years on, we return to the same house in 2009 as gentrification sets in and the roles are reversed. The ensemble of actors play two sets of characters in a play hailed as ‘shockingly entertaining’ and ‘appallingly funny’.

Acclaimed by critics and audiences alike since its début on Broadway in 2009, the comedy took the West End by storm following a sold out run at the Royal Court Theatre in London. It has been awarded Best Play at the Olivier Awards, the Evening Standard Best Play Award, the South Bank Sky Arts Theatre Award, Critics’ Circle Best Play Award and the Tony Award for Best Play.

The cast includes: Ben Deery, Dan Gaisford, Rebecca Manley, Rebecca Oldfield, Gloria Onitiri, Wole Sawyerr, William Troughton and Mark Womack.

2016 Tour Dates

April 25-30, Richmond Theatre
May 2-7, Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford
May 9-14, Cambridge Arts Theatre
May 17-21, Oxford Playhouse
May 23-28, Theatr Clwyd, Mold.

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