All Press Releases for July 02, 2013

Joe Wright's A Season in the Congo Opens at The Young Vic

The second of Joe Wright's plays to be staged this year opens in early July, reports

    LONDON, ENGLAND, July 02, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Following on from his theatre directing debut in February - Trelawny of the Wells at the Donmar Warehouse - British director Joe Wright presents his second theatre project, A Season in the Congo, in July. Best known for Anna Karenina, Atonement, Pride and Prejudice and the Brad Pitt Chanel No. 5 adverts, Wright is the first to admit that these new theatre projects are about as far away from his usual work as you can get.

Opening at The Young Vic Theatre on 6th July, A Season in the Congo is a loose version of Aime Cesaire's 1967 play and will be the first time it's staged in the UK. It tells the story of the fall of legendary leader Patrice Lumumba, who helped the Republic of Congo win independence from Belgium in 1960 but was deposed and tortured just twelve weeks later. With the play featuring about 50 characters, it is an ambitious project that Wright intends to portray with the use of only eight actors, three dancers and two musicians. For London hotels nearby to the Young Vic, visit where there is a great selection of options for all budgets.

Speaking about the projects Wright stated "I'm terrified. And that's a very good reason to do it". However, he's brought in help of a high calibre. Top choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, known for also working with Wright on Anna Karenina, will be in charge of movement while other collaborators include Wright's mum, who ran the Little Angel Puppet Theatre in north London, and his sister who now also works at the theatre. The pair will be creating handmade, large-scale puppets for the play.

Playing Patrice Lumumba, Chiwetel Ejiofer returns to the stage for the first time since his Olivier Award-winning Othello in 2008 at the Donmar Warehouse. Ejiofer will be joined by Daniel Kaluuya, who also starred in Wright's Trelawny of the Wells and now takes the role of Mokuto, and Joseph Mydell playing Kala Lubu, the first President of Congo after Independence.

To find out about all the top theatre shows in London this summer, visit's Summer 2013 in London article.

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