Casting is announced for Our Town at the Almeida Theatre. Award-winning US actor-director David Cromer will direct and perform in this intimate version of Thornton Wilder’s iconic American play. Also included within the cast are Michael Ajao, Paul Bigley, Arthur Byrne, Sidney Cole, Kate Dickie, Laura Elsworthy, Anna Francolini, Matthew Jacobs-Morgan, Daniel Kendrick, Simon Lennon, Jessica Lester, Richard Lumsden, Annette McLaughlin, Christopher Staines, Rhashan Stone and David Walmsley.
We grow-up, we fall in love, we have families and we die. That is our story.
Performed on a bare stage with minimal props, two people fall in love, marry, and live out their lives as a small American town becomes an allegory for everyday life.
Cromer’s acclaimed production of Our Town ran for over a year at the Barrow Street Theatre in New York where it won multiple awards. It was then revived in Los Angeles, Boston and Kansas City. With Cromer reprising his role as Stage Manager, this will be the UK premiere of his celebrated production of Wilder’s classic.
Our Town will be designed by Stephen Dobay, with costumes by Alison Siple, music by Jonathan Mastro and lighting by Heather Gilbert.
David Cromer is the 2010 recipient of the MacArthur Fellowship. Recent productions include Women or Nothing at The Atlantic, Nikolai and the Others at Lincoln Center, Really Really at MCC in NYC (starring Zosia Mamet), Sweet Bird of Youth (starring Diane Lane) at the Goodman Theater (Chicago), Tribes at Barrow Street in NYC, House of Blue Leaves on Broadway (starring Ben Stiller) and Brighton Beach Memoirs on Broadway. Cromer’s work has earned multiple awards throughout the US, working with companies such as Steppenwolf Theatre and Big Game Theatre. He is also an acclaimed actor and recently performed with Denzel Washington on Broadway in the Tony Award winning A Raisin in the Sun.
American novelist and playwright Thornton Wilder won three Pulitzer Prizes; for the plays Our Town and The Skin of Our Teeth and the novel The Bridge of San Luis Rey. His novel The Eighth Day won the National Book Award. Wilder’s play Matchmaker ran on Broadway from 1955-1957, and was later adapted into the musical Hello, Dolly!
Book tickets at www.almeida.co.uk
Thursday 21st August 2014