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Catherine Street, London WC2B 5LA


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Closed September 14, 2013

Henry confirms he is an actor of massive presence and emotional power.

Michael Billington, The Guardian

Why See Fences?

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Fences won the Pulitzer prize for Drama in 1987, the year it opened. Troy Maxson - Fences' protagonist - is regarded as one of the 20th century's most poignant characters. In director Pauline Randall's highly acclaimed revival of August Wilson's Fences, the immensely complex Troy is masterfully held by Lenny Henry who, though better known as a comedian, affirming himself a highly capable tragic actor. He brings rich gravitas to the thought-provoking drama about thwarted dreams, paternal failings and an Afro-American family trying to hold itself together.


Fences is set in Pennsylvania in 1957 and follows the story of Troy Maxson, a 53-year-old man with a dappled history, in his Pittsburgh home with his wife Rose and their 17-year-old son Cory.

Troy is building a fence around his yard, whether to keep people out or in is uncertain. Troy's story unfurls, piece by piece. His childhood was difficult; he dipped into crime, and spent 15 years in prison. This was followed by period of baseball success. A formidable player, he blames white-dominated domain of sportsmanship for denying him his chance at professionalism. Now a refuse collector, Troy seems settled and respectable man with a soft spot for booze, but gradually we see beneath the humour as a his darker traits of resentment, bitterness, brutality and his failings as a father, a trait of that extends further than this one man.

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Previews from: 19 June 2013

Opening night: 26 June 2013

Run time

Two hours and 40 minutes with one interval

Cast and Creative


Lenny Henry
Tanya Moodie
Colin McFarlane
Peter Bankole
Ashley Zhangazha


Written by August Wilson
Directed by Paulette Randall
Designed by Libby Watson
Lighting by Johanna Town
Sound Designer, Al Ashford
Musical Director, Delroy Murray

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Anonymous: “Simply fabulous”

Astounding performance from Lenny Henry, who knew this loveable funny... more

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