Lorraine Hansberrys A Raisin in the Sun Headed for Liverpool Playhouse

Posted on 18 February 2016
By Chris High
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Lorraine Hansberry’s groundbreaking play A Raisin in the Sun, the first on Broadway written by a Black woman, will tour to Liverpool Playhouse from 2 to 5 March. This new production is directed by Eclipse Theatre’s Dawn Walton.

An intense family drama, written on the cusp of the civil rights era, sees the Younger family await the arrival of a cheque for a life changing $10,000. Driven to conflict as they encounter issues of inequality, housing and lack of opportunity that continue to resonate today, the play acts as a stark warning to anyone who measures happiness and personal worth in capital gain.

This brand new production will star Ashley Zhangazha as Walter, in one of the great roles of American theatre. Ashley’s critically-acclaimed role on stage include Henry V for the Michael Grandage Company and alongside Lenny Henry in Fences in the West End. Ashley won the 2013 Ian Charleson Award for his performance in Macbeth at the Sheffield Crucible.

Ashley will be joined by Angela Wynter as Lena Younger. Her stage roles include the West End production of The Lion King and The Amen Corner at the National Theatre. Angela is well known for a long-running role in EastEnders, playing Yolande Trueman and will shortly be back on our screens as returning character Ifa Effanga in Holby City (BBC). The cast will be completed by Susan Wokoma, Alisha Bailey, Everal A Walsh, Mike Burnside and Aron Julius. Adryan Dorset Pitt, Solomon Gordon and Kiano Samuels will share the role of Travis Younger.

Following its debut on Broadway in 1959, Lorraine Hansberry adapted her play into a critically-acclaimed film starring Sidney Poitier as Walter. Testament to its continuing power and relevance, A Raisin in the Sun has been revived numerous times in the intervening years and Walter has been portrayed on stage by actors including Denzel Washington and Danny Glover.

Eclipse Artistic Director Dawn Walton said: “In A Raisin in the Sun, Hansberry has meticulously created the world of a family in a small apartment in 1950s Southside Chicago that has the power to resonate across the Atlantic and through time with us here to today.”

A RAISIN IN THE SUN

Liverpool Playhouse

Wednesday 2 to Saturday 5 March

Evenings: 7.30pm except Thu 3 March

Twilight: 5:30pm on Thu 3 March

Matinée: At 2pm on Sat 5 Feb

Tickets: £10 – £22*

Box Office: 0151 709 4776

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