Jumbo, Kinnear make debuts as playwrights

LONDON

The British preem production of Ayad Akhtar’s award-winning “Disgraced” and play-writing debuts from two National Theater actors Cush Jumbo and Rory Kinnear headline the newly announced 2013 slate at London’s Bush Theater.

Originally produced at the American Theater Company, Chicago, followed by a sell-out run at Lincoln Center 3, “Disgraced” will be helmed by Nadia Fall. Running May 17-June 15, and the production opens May 22.

Cush Jumbo, currently playing Mark Antony in Phyllida Lloyd’s hit all-female production of “Julius Caesar” at the Donmar Warehouse, will make her play-writing debut with “Josephine and I” in which she stars as legendary performer Josephine Baker. Running July 12-Aug 10, the play with live music opens July 17.

Rory Kinnear, the National Theater’s recent Hamlet, makes his play-writing debut with “The Herd” (Sept. 13-Oct. 12), a witty and heartfelt look at a family building up to and falling down over a 21st birthday party. The production marks the fourth collaboration between Kinnear and three-time Olivier-winning helmer Howard Davies, who has directed him in “Philistines,” “Burnt by the Sun” and, most recently, “The Last of the Hausmanns,” all at the National Theater.

Alongside further development including Bush Connect, a new-writing scheme for under-26 year olds, plus the venue’s Radar festival, it will also host the HighTide Festival’s European preem of “Moth” by emerging Australian playwright Declan Green, produced by David Luff Prods.

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