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10th Anniversary Production of Clybourne Park at Park Theatre

Andrew Langtree (Karl & Steve). photo by Mark Douet.
Andrew Langtree (Karl & Steve). photo by Mark Douet.

Alex Turner Productions and Trish Wadley Productions in association with Park Theatre present The 10th Anniversary Production of Clybourne Park by Bruce Norris, running from 25th March to 2nd May 2020 with press Night on 30th March 2020.

Director: Oliver Kaderbhai, Set and Costume Designer: James Turner, Lighting Designer: Zia Bergin-Holly, Sound Designer: Will Tonna, Casting Director: Lucy Casson.

Cast includes Alisha Bailey (Francine/Lena), Maddy Hill (Betsy/Lindsey), Andrew Langtree (Karl/Steve), and Richard Lintern (Russ/Dan), Michael Fox (Jim/Tom), Imogen Stubbs (Bev/Kathy) and Eric Underwood (Albert/Kevin).

Read our Q&A with Andrew Langtree

Q: What were your first thoughts when invited to be in the cast of Clybourne Park?
Andrew: I had only read the play for the first time, in preparation for my meeting with Oliver, our director. I’ve been fortunate enough to work on some great plays over the years, by writers such as Brecht, Shakespeare and Williams. This play is as good a play as any of those writers has produced. Language this detailed and well written is rare. So, yes, I was delighted to be cast.

Q: Is this a production you are familiar with?
Andrew: No. I’m completely new to the play. I’ve spoken with people who saw the original production at The Royal Court and it seems to have left a huge impression, even a decade later. I think we have an incredible cast who are all wrestling with a very dense text at the moment to ensure we bring a very clear and vivid new production to the stage and that’s very exciting.

Q: You play the part of Karl and Steve – what can you tell us about the two characters and how do they fit into the storyline?
Andrew: So, each act is set 50 years apart, but in the same property in Chicago. Karl in Act One and Steve in Act Two, are entirely different people, with parallels which run through each of their lives. The major, uniting factor I’ve found so far with each of them, is that they both seem to completely lack any edit button, or sense of tact. So when it comes to the difficult subject of prejudice, which can often churn up deep-seated issues within individuals, both Karl and Steve act as a kind of catalyst to drive the play deeper into dangerous territory.

Q: For you, what is at the heart of Clybourne Park?
Andrew: The play seems to ask so many questions about the distances between people and the unspoken taboos between separate strands of society. I might dare to offer that this is a piece that puts the emphasis on the outside observer to question their own cringing values, all the while, coaxing them in with wit and very edgy humour.

Q: Why should theatregoers get along to see Clybourne Park?
Andrew: There’s good reason this play won the Olivier, the Tony and the Pulitzer prize. Clybourne Park isn’t often produced and, being familiar with the main space at The Park Theatre, this is a great opportunity to feel like you’re a fly on the wall in two very unusual and daring situations. If I wasn’t in it, I’d want to see it.

Q: What next for you in 2020?
Andrew: So far this year, I’ve done an experimental new piece for Vault Festival and one of the most intense plays I’ve ever read and it’s only March. Maybe a weekend and a long walk with the dog?

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Andrew Langtree plays Karl/Steve. His theatre work includes A Christmas Carol (The Old Vic), The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole (Ambassador’s Theatre), Troilus and Cressida (RSC), Imperium (RSC and Gielgud Theatre), The Wizard of Oz (Sheffield Theatres), Albert’s Boy (Orange Tree Theatre), The Hypocrite (RSC and Hull Truck), Treasure Island (Birmingham Rep), Groundhog Day (The Old Vic), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Theatr Clwyd) and Oppenheimer (RSC and Vaudeville Theatre). For television, his work includes The Royal and Cutting It, and as Jason Gallagher in Emmerdale and Leon in Coronation Street; and for film, Delovely.

Read our previous interviews with Andrew Langtree
Gooper in Cat On A Hot Tin Roof

Carl Bruner in Ghost the Musical

CLYBOURNE PARK
Cast:
Alisha Bailey (Francine/Lena)
Michael Fox (Jim/Tom)
Maddy Hill (Betsy/Lindsey)
Andrew Langtree (Karl/Steve)
Richard Lintern (Russ/Dan)
Imogen Stubbs (Bev/Kathy)
Eric Underwood (Albert/Kevin)

THE 10TH ANNIVERSARY REVIVAL OF
CLYBOURNE PARK
By Bruce Norris
on 30 March at 7pm
at Park Theatre
Clifton Terrace, Finsbury Park, London N4 3JP
https://www.parktheatre.co.uk/

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