Full casting announced for The Rolling Stone and Romeo & Juliet

Casts announced for The Rolling Stone and Romeo & Juliet

Faith Alabi, Fiston Barek, Jo Martin, Julian Moore-Cooke, Faith Omole and Sule Rimi will appear in the London premiere of Chris Urch’s acclaimed play The Rolling Stone directed by Ellen McDougall from 14 January while David Ahmad, Lia Burge, Maria Gray, Tony Hasnath, Tanya Lattul and John Leader appear in our Shakespeare Up Close production of Romeo & Juliet directed by Gemma Fairlie from 27 January. The two productions play in repertoire until 20 February.



Chris Urch's urgent Bruntwood Prize-winning play The Rolling Stone which premiered at the Royal Exchange Theatre gets its London premiere. Urch is the writer of the hit play Land of Our Fathers which played at Theatre503 before transferring to Trafalgar Studios and is currently touring. The Olivier Award-nominated Ellen McDougall directs.

Dembe and Sam have been seeing each other for a while. They should be wondering where this is going and when to introduce each other to their families. But they’re gay and this is Uganda. The consequences of their relationship being discovered will be explosive. Especially for Dembe, whose brother goes into the pulpit each week to denounce the evils of one man loving another.

Faith Alabi's theatre credits include Eclipsed (Gate); Fiston Barek has appeared in Routes, Truth and Reconciliation (Royal Court), Love the Sinner (National Theatre); Jo MartinThe Westbridge (Royal Court), Everything Must Go (Soho), Family Man (Theatre Royal Stratford East), The Frontline (Globe); Julian Moore-Cooke: Obamamerica (Theatre 503), Our American Cousin (Finborough), Beyond Caring (The Yard); Faith OmoleCustody (Talawa), Roadkill (Edinburgh Fringe/Theatre Royal Stratford East); Sule RimiThe Odyssey (English Touring Theatre/Liverpool Everyman), Boardergame (National Theatre Wales) and the upcoming The Suicide (National Theatre).

Shakespeare’s darkest love story Romeo & Juliet is given a contemporary edge in our intimate in-the-round staging. Playing in under 90 minutes, six actors bring Shakespeare’s language to sparkling life in a fast-paced and explosive production.

Gemma Fairlie directs David Ahmad, whose theatre credits include The Kite Runner (Nottingham Playhouse/Liverpool Playhouse), Ernest and the Pale Moon (Les Enfants Terribles), What I Heard About Iraq (Arts Theatre); Lia Burge: Nerve (Park Theatre), Titus Andronicus (Smooth Faced Gentlemen), Freak (Edinburgh Fringe/Theatre 503); Maria Gray: Car Story, Mark and the Marked, The Passenger, Macbeth (Box Clever); Tony Hasnath: Rafta, Rafta (Octahon, Bolton/New Vic, Stoke), The Jungle Book (Lyric, Belfast), Lord of the Flies (Pilot); Tanya Lattul: A Midsummer Night's Dream (Orange Tree), The Drunken City (Tabard), Henry The Fifth (Unicorn); and John Leader: War Horse (West End), Beasty Baby (Polka), Alice's Adventures Underground (Les Enfants Terribles).

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