‘The richness of Wilson’s characters make them a joy to watch and a great cast lifts this tale set in Pittsburgh in 1969’
‘Beautifully acted and stirringly intense’
‘a menacing tale of black oppression’
‘A powerful, still-relevant snapshot of the socially turbulent Sixties’
‘A beautifully revised staging of August Wilson’s portrait of 1960s black America’
‘The performances were so powerful that I was swept along’
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
Ray Emmet Brown
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.