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Photos: Ariyon Bakare, Karl Collins and Eugene O'Hare Star In RIFF RAFF

The cast for the UK première of Riff Raff by award-winning actor Laurence Fishburne, at the Arcola Theatre will be Ariyon Bakare as Tony, Karl Collins as Mike and Eugene O'Hare as Billy. Fishburne's powerful hit play about New York's criminal underworld is presented by New Theatre Company Alarum and performs at the Arcola between 6 and 24 April 2010.

Ariyon Bakare will play the role of Mike's old friend Tony "The Tiger". His theatre credits include The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui at the Lyric Hammersmith and Julius Caesar, Antony and Cleopatra and The Servant of Two Masters at the Royal Shakespeare Company. On TV he has appeared in Spooks, Waking The Dead, A Touch of Frost and was nominated for a Royal Television Society Award for Best Actor for his role in Doctors.

Karl Collins was recently seen in Kwame Kwei-Armah's Carpe Diem at the Tricycle Theatre. His other theatre credits include Category B, Leave to Remain and Fabulation at the Tricycle Theatre, and The 11th Capital at the Royal Court. Karl is most well known for his television credits which include Dr Who, Silent Witness, A Thing Called Love and as series regular D.C Danny Glaze in The Bill.

Eugene O'Hare appeared in Victoria Wood's Talent at the Menier Chocolate Factory last year. Other theatre credits include Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme at Hampstead Theatre, The Caretaker at The Citizen's Theatre, Translations at the National Theatre and A Moon for the Misbegotten for The Old Vic Theatre. His television credits include Waking the Dead, 10 Days of War and Sky 1's Strike Back.

It's Halloween, and half-brothers Mike "20-20" and Billy "Torch" are holed up in an abandoned crack den on the Lower East Side. They've got three kilos of smack, blood on their hands and New York's biggest drug lord on their tail. With nowhere to turn, Mike calls his old friend Tony ‘T' from Brooklyn to get them out of their mess. When the man arrives and the night draws in, stories are swapped, loyalties are tested and the bleakness of their criminal lives threatens to envelop them forever.

Laurence Fishburne is an actor, playwright, screenwriter, director and producer. In 1992, he was awarded a Tony for Best Featured Actor in a Play, a Drama Desk Award, an Outer Critics Circle Award and a Theater World Award for his work on Broadway as Sterling Johnson in August Wilson's Two Trains Running. His television appearance in the 1993 premiere episode of Fox TV's Tribeca landed Laurence an Emmy. He was also nominated for an Oscar as Best Actor of 1993 for his portrayal of Ike Turner in the film What's Love Got to Do with It. Riff Raff is Laurence's first play. Currently, he stars as Dr. Raymond Langston <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raymond_Langston> on the CBS <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CBS> crime drama CSI: Crime Scene Investigation <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CSI:_Crime_Scene_Investigation> .

Bill Buckhurst's directing credits include seasons at Stafford Shakespeare Festival, Vegemite Tales (Riverside Studios and West End), Penetrator (Theatre 503) and Macbeth at Shakespeare's Globe (Playing Shakespeare). Riff Raff will be designed by Simon Kenny whose most recent projects include There's Only One Wayne Matthews (Sheffield Crucible Studio) and Pedestrian (Bristol Old Vic Studio).


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