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Fisayo Akinade, Sharon D Clarke and Alex Hassell Join Caryl Churchill's PIGS AND DOGS


Fisayo Akinade, Sharon D Clarke and Alex Hassell have been cast in Caryl Churchill's new 10-minute play PIGS AND DOGS. Rehearsals start on Monday 11 July 2016. Pigs and Dogs runs from Wednesday 20 July 2016 to Saturday 30 July 2016 in the Jerwood Theatre Downstairs. Press night is on Friday 22 July 2016, 6.30pm.

Former Royal Court Artistic Director Dominic Cooke directs Caryl Churchill's second production at the Royal Court this year, with Lighting Design by Jack Williams and Sound Design by David McSeveney. The play will run before evening performances of Unreachable in the Jerwood Theatre Downstairs.

In 2014 Uganda passed an Anti-Homosexuality Act. This short, startling play looks at what lies behind it. Pigs and Dogs is substantially based on material from Boy-Wives and Female Husbands by Stephen O Murray and Will Roscoe. Tickets are £5 - book tickets here.

Caryl Churchill's previous work for The Royal Court Theatre includes Escaped Alone, Ding Dong The Wicked, Love and Information, Seven Jewish Children, Drunk Enough To Say I Love You?, A Number, Far Away, Blue Heart, Serious Money, Top Girls and Cloud Nine. Recent revivals of Churchill's plays include The Skriker (Royal Exchange) and Light Shining In Buckinghamshire (National).

Dominic Cooke was Artistic Director of the Royal Court 2006 to 2013. For the Royal Court Dominic directed Clybourne Park, Aunt Dan and Lemon, The Fever, Seven Jewish Children, Wig Out!, Now or Later, War and Peace, Fear and Misery, Rhinoceros, The Pain and The Itch, Other People, Fireface, Spinning into Butter, Redundant, F***ing Games, Plasticine, The People are Friendly, This is a Chair and Identical Twins. Other directing credits include Arabian Nights (RSC/Young Vic / UK and world tours / New Victory Theatre, New York); Pericles, The Winter's Tale, As You Like It, Macbeth and Cymbeline (RSC), The Crucible, Postcards from America, The Malcontent by John Marston, By the Bog of Cats...(Wyndham's), The Eccentricities of a Nightingale (Gate / Dublin), The Weavers, Hunting Scenes From Lower Bavaria, (Gate), The Bullet, Teddy Ferrara (Donmar), Afore Night Come, Entertaining Mr Sloane (Clwyd), The Importance of Being Earnest (Atlantic Theatre Festival, Canada), My Mother Said I Never Should (Oxford Stage Co./Young Vic), Kiss of the Spider Woman (Bolton Octagon), Of Mice and Men (Nottingham Playhouse) and Autogeddon (Assembly Rooms). Awards include an Olivier Award for Best Director while working at the Royal Shakespeare Company on The Crucible, the International Theatre Institute Award for Excellence in International Theatre, a 2000 TMA award for Arabian Nights and a 1991 Fringe First award for Autogeddon.

Fisayo Akinade's Royal Court credits include The Crossing Plays. Other theatre credits include The Tempest (Globe), Barbarians (Young Vic), The Vote (Donmar), As You Like It (New Wolsey), Refugee Boy, Waiting For Godot (West Yorkshire Playhouse) and Neighbours (Hightide). His film credits include The Girl With All The Gifts. His television credits include In The Dark, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Ordinary Lies, Cucumber, Banana and Fresh Meat.

Sharon D Clarke will make her Royal Court debut with Pigs and Dogs. Other theatre credits include Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, An Oak Tree, Everyman, Amen Corner (National), Romeo and Juliet (Rose), Mother Goose, Blues in the Night, Vagina Monologues (Hackney Empire), Porgy and Bess (Regent's Park Open Air), Ghost (Hello Ent./Paramount Pic.), Hairspray (Stage Entertainment UK), Once on This Island (Nottingham Playhouse), Lift Off (Curve), Chicago (Adelphi), We Will Rock You (Dominion), The Lion King (Lyceum), Mama I Want To Sing (Cambridge), Once on This Island (Birmingham Rep) and Little Shop of Horrors (Leicester). Her film credits include Sugarhouse, Secret Society, Beautiful People, Broken Glass and Tumble Down. Her television credits include You, Me & Them, Death in Paradise, New Tricks, Psychobitches, Justin's House, Eastenders, The Shadow Line, The Bill, Holby City and Walking the Dead. Awards include a Best Supporting Actress Olivier Award for Amen Corner.

Alex Hassell will make his Royal Court debut with Pigs and Dogs. Other theatre credits include Henry IV Parts 1&2, Henry V (RSC/Barbican/BAM), Death of a Salesman (West End), A Midsummer Night's Dream, The City Madam, Cardenio, Othello (RSC), The Caretaker (Liverpool Everyman/Theatre Royal Bath/BAM), Turandot (Hampstead), The Seagull, Hamlet (The Factory), I Am Shakespeare (Chichester Festival), The Tempest, The Storm, Measure for Measure (Globe), A Midsummer's Night Dream (Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment), Blood & Ice (Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh) and Hardcore (Pleasance, Edinburgh). His television credits include Silent Witness, Way to Go, Big Thunder, Life of Crime, Hustle, A Cop in Paris, Miranda, Love soup, Bonkers, Torchwood, Queen of Swords, Robin Hood, Murphy's Law, Pepys, Boudicca, Death in Holy Orders, Danielle Cable: Eyewitness, Murder In Mind, Kenneth Tynan: In Praise of Hardcore and Hawkins. His film credits include Miss In Her Teens, Anonymous, Two Down, The Sick House, Cold Mountain and Calendar Girls. Alex is Artistic Director of The Factory

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