World Premiere of Trouble in Butetown Opens at Donmar Warehouse February 20 | Playbill

International News World Premiere of Trouble in Butetown Opens at Donmar Warehouse February 20

Tinuke Craig directs Diana Nneka Atuona’s play at the London venue.

Bethan Mary James and Zaqi Ismail Manuel Harlan

The world premiere of Diana Nneka Atuona’s Trouble in Butetown officially opens at London's Donmar Warehouse February 20 following previews that began February 10. Performances continue through March 25. 

Tinuke Craig directs a cast that includes Samuel Adewunmi as Nate, Rita Bernard-Shaw as Connie, Ifan Huw Dafydd as Patsy, Zaqi Ismail as Dullah, Gareth Kennerley as Detective Hughes, Bethan Mary-James as Peggy, Nathan Nolan as Officer Reid, Sarah Parish as Gwyneth, and Zephryn Taitte as Norman.

The play is set in Gwyneth Mbanefo's illegal boarding house in Butetown, Cardiff, a town that is home to souls from every corner of the globe. When African American GI Nate escapes his barracks and discovers this new world without segregation, can he find safe harbor?

The production is designed by Peter McKintosh, with lighting design by Oliver Fenwick, sound design by Emma Laxton, music composed by Clement Ishmael, movement direction by Ingrid Mackinnon, fight direction by Kev McCurdy, and casting by Anna Cooper.

Atuona is a Nigerian-British playwright from Peckham, London. Her first play, Liberian Girl, won the 2013 Alfred Fagon Award and opened at the Royal Court Theatre in 2015. She was also nominated for the Evening Standard Award as Most Promising Playwright and the Writer's Guild Award for Best New Play. Atuona is currently working on a short play for Tiata Fahodzi's project, Talking about a Revolution. She is also developing work for TV and film and is under commission with the Royal Court and The Old Vic.

Trouble in Butetown is a recipient of the Theatre Royal Haymarket Writers Award and the George Devine Award.


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