Lorraine Hansberry’s groundbreaking play A Raisin in the Sun was the first show on Broadway to be written by a Black woman. An intense family drama written on the cusp of the civil rights era, a new production directed by Eclipse Theatre’s Dawn Walton will be coming to the Liverpool Playhouse from Wednesday 2nd to Saturday 5th March 2016. TICKETS
The play follows the Younger family who are living in a small apartment, their hopes and dreams on hold within the home’s four walls. But when a chance to change their lives emerges, the pressures of opportunity threaten to overwhelm them as they are slowly driven to conflict, with themselves and others.
Following its debut on Broadway in 1959, Lorraine Hansberry adapted her play into a critically-acclaimed film starring Sidney Poitier as Walter. Testament to its continuing power and relevance, A Raisin in the Sun has been revived numerous times in the intervening years, with Walter being portrayed on stage by actors including Denzel Washington and Danny Glover.
In this brand new production the role of Walter will be performed by Ashley Zhangazha, who has previously won praise for his performance in Macbeth at the Sheffield Crucible and his role alongside Lenny Henry in Fences in the West End. Ashley will be joined by Angela Wynter as Lena Younger, well known for a long-running role in Eastenders as Yolande Trueman and for her stage role in the West End production of The Lion King.
The cast will be completed by Susan Wokoma, Alisha Bailey, Everal A Walsh, Mike Burnside, Aron Julius, Adryan Dorset Pitt, and Solomon Gordon and Kiano Samuels who will both share the role of Travis Younger.
A Raisin in the Sun is a landmark drama bursting with racial politics and social consciousness, as well as many other issues that still resonant today. A significant production that needs to be seen be all. Tickets on sale now.
A RAISIN IN THE SUN
Wednesday 2 – Saturday 5 March 2016