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Full casting announced for King Hedley II at Theatre Royal Stratford East

King Hedley IITheatre Royal Stratford East is delighted to announce the full cast for King Hedley II, which is directed by Artistic Director Nadia Fall. Joining Lenny Henry, who is appearing as smooth-talking hustler Elmore, are Dexter Flanders (Leo), Martina Laird (Ruby), Aaron Pierre (King Hedley), Cherrelle Skeete (Tonya) and Leo Wringer (Stool Pigeon).

1980s Pittsburgh, a city in decay. Against the backdrop of Reagan’s America, King, an ex-con, is trying to rebuild his life and start a family.

He’s got hopes and dreams of opening a video store and building a new life. If only he can get ten thousand dollars together, if only he can catch a break. In his dusty backyard, he plots and plans with his friend Mister, but is this all a pipe dream?

August Wilson’s touching and angry King Hedley II is a quest for redemption for one man and a whole community.

Nadia Fall, Artistic Director of Theatre Royal Stratford East said: “I am thrilled to announce such a brilliant cast for what is surely one of August Wilson’s most hard-hitting plays, a story which is as relevant today as when it was first written. This is the first time a Wilson play has been performed at Theatre Royal Stratford East and it feels like a perfect fit.

Dexter Flanders plays Leo.
Lenny Henry plays Elmore.
Martina Laird plays Ruby.
Aaron Pierre plays King Hedley.
Cherrelle Skeete plays Tonya.
Leo Wringer plays Stool Pigeon.

KING HEDLEY II
Written by August Wilson
Directed by Nadia Fall
Set and Costume Design by Peter McKintosh
Lighting Design by Howard Harrison
Fight Directors Rachel Bown-Williams and Ruth Cooper-Brown of Rc-Annie Ltd
Friday 17 May 2019 – Saturday 15 June 2019
Press night: Thursday 23 May 2019
Theatre Royal Stratford East, Gerry Raffles Square, London E15 1BN
http://www.stratfordeast.com

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