Royal & Derngate And ETT Introduce August Wilson’s ‘Two Trains Running’ To UK Audiences | Arts


Broadway classic Two Trains Running from Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner August Wilson arrives in UK theatres for the first time, helmed by emerging director Nancy Medina.


Two Trains Running is set during the Civil Rights Movement in 1969’s Pittsburgh. It follows the story of restaurant owner Memphis Lee, who is forced to consider the possibility of selling his beloved diner due to new urban planning projects.


The play was penned by iconic American author, August Wilson, Pulitzer Prize and a Tony Award winner for Fences. His other works include Piano Lesson, which earned him one more Pulitzer Prize, as well as King Hedley II, Seven Guitars and Gem of the Ocean.


Wilson’s modern classic is brought to UK audiences by director Nancy Medina, the laureate of 2018 RTST Sir Peter Hall Director Award. The play’s cast include Geoff Aymer (West), Ray Emmet Brown (Wolf), Derek Ezenagu (Hambone), Andrew French (Memphis), Leon Herbert (Holloway), Michael Salami (Sterling) and Anita-Joy Uwajeh (Risa).


Two Trains Running premiered earlier this month at Royal & Derngate Northampton, before heading on a tour across the UK, with September shows in Nuffield Southampton Theatres and Oxford Playhouse. The play will also be staged in Cast Doncaster, New Wolsey Theatre, Yvonne Arnaud Theatre and Derby Theatre in October.



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