Project Description


‘The richness of Wilson’s characters make them a joy to watch and a great cast lifts this tale set in Pittsburgh in 1969’

The Guardian


‘Beautifully acted and stirringly intense’

The Times


a menacing tale of black oppression

The Observer


A powerful, still-relevant snapshot of the socially turbulent Sixties

The Telegraph


A beautifully revised staging of August Wilson’s portrait of 1960s black America

The Stage


The performances were so powerful that I was swept along

Broadway World

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 town 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.


Writer – August Wilson
Director – Nancy Medina
Designer – Frankie Bradshaw
Lighting Designer – Amy Mae
Sound Designer – Ed Lewis
Movement Director – Rachael Nanyonjo
Dialect – Joel Trill
Casting Director – Polly Jerrold
Assistant Director – Sara Aniqah Malik


Geoff Aymer
Ray Emmet Brown
Derek Ezenagu
Andrew French
Leon Herbert
Michael Salami
Anita-Joy Uwajeh

Produced for and on behalf of English Touring Theatre & The Royal & Derngate Northampton. Supported by a grant from The Royal Theatrical Support Trust’s Sir Peter Hall Director Award.