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Trouble in Mind

by Alice Childress, directed by Laurence Boswell, starring Tanya Moodie and Joseph Marcell

10 November - 17 December 2016

Pip Donaghy

Pip Donaghy

Trouble in Mind

Trouble in Mind

Tanya Moodie

Joseph Marcell

Joseph Marcell

Jonathan Cullen

Jonathan Cullen

Kiza Deen

Kiza Deen

Emily Barber

Emily Barber

Daniel Ezra

Daniel Ezra

Patrick Walshe McBride

Patrick Walshe McBride

Geoff Leesley

Geoff Leesley

Overview

5 Star Rating "In Laurence Boswell's exquisitely taut, precise production, Tanya Moodie is nothing short of magnificent" The Times

4 Star Rating "Tanya Moodie is spellbinding ... beautifully detailed performances ... Boswell's fine revival" Daily Telegraph

4 Star Rating "Every single performance is a delight ... Tanya Moodie is quite magnificent" Guardian

5 Star Rating StageTalk Magazine

5 Star Rating Bristol Post

"A very special piece of theatre ... packs a hell of a punch, staring 2016 in the face all the way from 1955. In short, you need to see it" Bristol 24/7

4 Star Rating The Stage

4 Star Rating Whatsonstage.com

Wiletta Mayer is a talented African-American actress who has spent a lifetime building a career in the theatre. Now she is on Broadway, rehearsing Chaos in Belleville, an anti-lynching play with a white director. As rehearsals progress, Wiletta finds it increasingly difficult to relate to the part she is playing. Will she be able to overcome her misgivings and let the show go on?

Peppered with knowing humour and richly drawn characters, this vivid depiction of backstage life smartly satirises the white dominated theatre scene of the fifties.

Tanya Moodie reunites with director Laurence Boswell following the Ustinov Studio’s phenomenal production of Intimate Apparel, for which she was nominated in 2014 for Olivier and Evening Standard Awards. The same year she was nominated for a WhatsonStage Best Actress Award for Fences in which she starred with Lenny Henry. She recently played Gertrude in the RSC’s Hamlet.

Alice Childress was an extraordinary trailblazer in the history of American Theatre, the first African- American woman to win an OBIE award (for her production of Trouble in Mind in1956), to direct off Broadway and to have a play professionally produced in New York.

Distinguished RSC actor Joseph Marcell is best known for his role in the NBC sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. He starred in Breakfast with Mugabe in the Ustinov Studio in 2008 and recently played the title role in King Lear for Shakespeare’s Globe.

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  • Reviews

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    5 Star Rating This is passionate and sensitive writing, which in the hands of Mr Boswell, has been given a production to match... Ms Moodie... a performance of swish and grace, spontaneous exuberance, anger and sadness... in short one to be seen and savoured - Stage Talk

    Trouble in Mind is a gem. Oh that there were more plays like this on stage - Swindon Advertiser

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    Cast - Emily Barber, Jonathan Cullen, Kiza Deen, Pip Donaghy, Daniel Ezra, Geoff Leesley, Joseph Marcell, Tanya Moodie and Patrick Walshe McBride.

    Directed by Laurence Boswell

    Designed by Polly Sullivan

    Lighting designed by Ben Ormerod

    Composer and sound designed by Jon Nicholls

    Casting Director - Ginny Schiller CDG

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    Times & Prices

    Evenings: Mon – Sat 7.45pm
    Thurs Matinees: 2.30pm (not 10th November)
    Sat Matinees: 2.30pm
    Press Performance: Wednesday 16th November 7pm

    Post Show Discussion: Thursday 1st December after evening performance

    Tickets: £19.50 / £14.50 Discounts

    Preview Performances 10th - 15th November, Press Performance on 16th November and Mondays: All seats £12 

    Running Time: tbc

    £2.50 transaction fee when booking online, plus an additional £1.00 postage fee.


    A Booking Fee will apply to all transactions, whether made in person at our Box Office, by post or by phone, for all payment types. For all transactions of £15 or more the fee will be a total of £2.50, regardless of how many tickets are booked. For all transactions under £15 the fee will be £1.

    Please note the ticket price includes a £2 Building Levy. 

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