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Clybourne Park

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Closed May 7, 2011

Rarely in American drama have the gaps between what one wants to say, how one says it and what one really feels been as hilariously explored for dramatic effect as Norris is able to pull off here.

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Why See Clybourne Park?

PULITZER PRIZE-WINNER WITH WORLD-WIDE RELEVANCE

One neighbourhood, two eras; this sharp-witted and provocative play charges into the uncomfortable territory of race and real estate. Clybourne Park's acclaim is outstanding, with not only the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Drama singing its praises, but multitude of other awards too, including the 2011 Olivier Award for Best New Play and the 2012 Tony Award for Best Play. Playwright Bruce Norris skilfully weaves intrigue, humour and social reflection in this ferocious satire that holds a magnifying glass up to ingrained prejudices and how they are addressed.

WHAT IS CLYBOURNE PARK ABOUT?

Taking its inspiration from Lorraine Hansberry's America classic, Raisin in the Sun, the story begins in 1959 in the fictitious Chicago neighbourhood of Clybourne Park. White couple Russ and Bev are selling their house at a knock-off rate - unknowingly - to the Youngers, a black family. This outrages neighbours, who make politically correct complaints "the beginning of the end".

Fifty years on, Clybourne Park is all-black neighbourhood undergoing gentrification. The same house is being sold to Steve and Lindsey, a wealthy white couple ready to demolish and rebuild their designer dream home. But again change is met with resistance, which unleashes a flurry of questions about community identity and social progress.

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Dates

Previews from: 28 January 2011

Opening night: 3 February 2011

Audience

Clybourne Park is suitable for audiences aged 14 and upwards (contains very strong language).

Cast and Creative

Cast

Stuart McQuarrie as Russ
Stephen Campbell Moore as Steve
Lorna Brown as Francine / Lena
Sarah Goldberg as Betsy / Lindsey
Lucian Msamati as Albert / Kevin
Sam Spruell as Jim / Tom
Sophie Thompson as Bev / Kathy
Michael Goldsmith as Kenneth

Creative

Written by Bruce Norris
Directed by Dominic Cooke
Design by Robert Innes Hopkins
Lighting by Paule Constable
Sound by David McSeveney

Awards

2011 OLIVER AWARDS
Winner of Best New Play
by Bruce Norris

2011 Pulitzer Prize
Winner for Drama

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Fi Bee: “Brilliantly funny”

Brilliantly funny play, fastmoving and perfectly timed. Great mirroring... more

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