'Nhamo the Manyika Warrior' also to debut
LONDON — Two world preems including the new drama from Alexi Kaye Campbell (“The Pride”), and a London preem headline Indhu Rubasingham’s second slate at London’s Tricycle theater.Campbell’s mystery play “Bracken Moor,” set in the 1930s, pits two families attempting to recover a lost friendship against a terrifying encounter with the past. The Tricycle Theater and Shared Experience co-production is helmed by Polly Teale and runs June 6-July 20 with a June 14 press night. Designed by Tom Piper and lit by Oliver Fenwick, the production features music by Jon Nicholls. That will be followed by the world preem of “Nhamo The Manyika Warrior and His Sexy Wife Chipo,” an epic Zimbabwean comedy by debuting scribe Denton Chikura. Thesp-turned-helmer Lucian Msamati (“Clybourne Park”) directs the co-production in his debut as a.d. of Tiata Fahodzi, the leading British African theater company. Running Aug. 1-17, the show opens Aug. 5. The spring season opens with “The Match Box,” a solo show of hatred, revenge and love by leading Irish dramatist Frank McGuinness. Originally presented at regional theater Liverpool Playhouse Studio, the Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse presentation is performed by Leanne Best. Helmed by Lia Williams (currently starring in the West End hit revival of Pinter’s “Old Times”) the play is designed by Colin Richmond with lighting by Charles Lucas. Running May 2-June 1, it opens May 8. Rubasingham’s inaugural season continues with her forthcoming world preem of the tuner “Paper Dolls” by Philip Himberg, a.d. of Sundance Theater. Adapted from the multi-award-winning docu-film by Tomer Heymann, it previews from Feb. 28 ahead of a March 6 opening. Her debut production of Lolita Chakrabarti’s “Red Velvet” won two Critics’ Circle awards, the Evening Standard drama award for most promising playwright and is rumored to be eyeing a Gotham berth.