CHIMERICA Transfers to the Harold Pinter Theatre Tonight
The Headlong and Almeida Theatre's five star sold-out co-production of Lucy Kirkwood's new play Chimerica will transfer to the Harold Pinter Theatre tonight, 6 August for a strictly limited 11 week run with booking to 19 October 2013. Directed by Lyndsey Turner, Chimerica received its world premiere at The Almeida Theatre where it has subsequently been acclaimed by critics and audiences alike. Set designs are by Es Devlin with costumes by Christina Cunningham, lighting by Tim Lutkin, sound by Carolyn Downing and video design by Finn Ross. Chimerica will be produced in the West End by Sonia Friedman Productions, Bob Bartner/Norman Tulchinand Jean Doumanian.
The cast includes Stephen Campbell Moore, Benedict Wong, Claudie Blakley, Elizabeth Chan, Vera Chok,Karl Collins, Trevor Cooper, Nancy Crane, Sean Gilder, Sarah Lam and Andrew Leung all of whom will reprise their roles in the West End. Final casting will be announced shortly.
Tiananmen Square, 1989. As tanks roll through Beijing and soldiers hammer on his hotel door, Joe - a young American photojournalist - captures a piece of history. When a cryptic message is left in a Beijing newspaper more than 20 years later, Joe is driven to discover the truth behind the unknown hero he captured on film. Who was he? What happened to him? And could he still be alive?
Stephen Campbell Moore's (Joe) theatre credits include Berenice at the Donmar Warehouse, Clybourne Park for the Royal Court, All My Sons at the Apollo Theatre and The History Boys for The National Theatre. Amongst his television credits are The Wrong Mans, Hunted, Lark Rise to Candleford, Ashes to Ashes and Hustle. His film work includesComplicit, A Short Stay in Switzerland, Sea Wolf, The History Boys and Bright Young Things.
Benedict Wong (Zhang Lin) was recently seen in Hampstead Theatre's production of #aiww: The Arrest of Ai Weiwei. Previously he played Laertes in the critically acclaimed Hamlet at the Young Vic opposite Michael Sheen. His many film credits include Prometheus, The Lady, Dirty Pretty Things, Moon, Sunshine, Hummingbird and Kick Ass 2. Wong's TV credits include Run, Top Boy and The Wrong Mans.
Claudie Blakley (Tessa) recently played Lady Macbeth at Sheffield Crucible where she was also seen in Lear. Her other theatre credits include The Lady from the Sea at The Almeida Theatre. She has performed at The National Theatre, Hampstead Theatre, the Young Vic, Royal Court and the Royal Shakespeare Company. Her television credits include New Tricks, Lark Rise to Candleford and Cranford Chronicles. Her film credits include Bright Star, Pride and Prejudice and Gosford Park.
Elizabeth Chan's (Liuli) theatre credits include Inside Out and Monkey for Polka Theatre, The Wheel for The National Theatre of Scotland, Greenland for The National Theatre and Nicholas Nickleby for the Lyric Hammersmith. Her television credits include Black Mirror: Going Dark and Silent Witness.