Meghan Kennedy’s play about immigrant families in America, Napoli, Brooklyn, will come to London’s Park Theatre in the summer of 2019 as the culmination of a UK tour that started in Malvern this week. Time to book your tickets!
Following stops in Windsor, Guildford, Eastbourne and Oxford, the drama runs at the Finsbury Park venue from 13 June to 13 July 2019.
Napoli, Brooklyn is the story of an Italian-American family in 1959. It explores the struggle in immigrant families which is passed down from generation to generation, particularly for women. Set in Brooklyn, it’s a story of strong women taking risks to define a generation as they are forced to confront their conflicting visions for the future in this gripping, provocative portrait of love in all its danger and beauty.
Kennedy’s play was first staged by Roundabout Theatre Company at the Laura Pels Theatre, New York two years ago. This new production is the drama’s European premiere. The coming-of-age tale, which follows the plight of three sisters, was inspired by her own mother’s incredible story.
Speaking about the play, Kennedy says, “This is a story about women and immigrants, two groups that need as many spotlights on them as possible right now.”
The original Broadway production received much acclaim, being described by Time Out as “Vivid, emotional and authentic,” and an “Italian American saga with extra kick in the sauce” by The Wrap.
Lisa Blair directs this new co-production between Original Theatre Company and Park Theatre, which features a cast including Georgia May Foote, Hannah Bristow, Mona Goodwin, Gloria Onitiri, Stephen Hogan, Robert Cavanah, Madeleine Worrall and Laurie Ogden.
Blair previously worked as Associate Director on productions including Lindsay Posner‘s The End of Longing, Daniel Evans’ American Buffalo and Michael Grandage‘s Henry V.
The Original Theatre Company has been touring the country since 2004. In 2018 alone, it toured to 31 venues, playing to more than 82,000 audience members. It follows Napoli, Brooklyn with a new adaptation of Sarah Waters’ The Night Watch in the summer.
Napoli, Brooklyn is part of a Park Theatre spring season that also includes the world premiere of The Last Temptation of Boris Johnson, KEPOW Theatre’s Beneath the Blue Rinse and VanThahn Productions’ Summer Rolls.
Napoli, Brooklyn runs at Park Theatre, Clifton Terrace, Finsbury Park, London N4 3JP from 13 June to 13 July 2019, with performances Monday to Saturday 7.30pm, matinees Thursday and Saturday 3pm. Tickets are priced from £18.50. CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!
Meet the cast
Georgia May Foote is one of the UK’s most in demand young actresses. She grew up playing Alison Simmons in the long-running BBC school drama Grange Hill before moving to Coronation Street. In 2015, she was runner-up in Strictly Come Dancing. Her stage credits include The Rocky Horror Show and Breakfast At Tiffany’s.
Hannah Bristow boasts stage credits including Jane Eyre (National Theatre), Kindertransport (Queens Theatre, Hornchurch and Theatre de la Ville, Luxembourg) and Romeo and Juliet (Southwark Playhouse and Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre).
Mona Goodwin has appeared in stage shows including War of the Worlds (New Diorama), Ross and Rachel (UK Tour) and Spring Awakening (Lyric Hammersmith /Novello). On TV, she has been seen in Capital, Black Mirror, Doctors, Topsy and Tim and EastEnders.
Gloria Onitiri has extensive stage credits, which include Hadestown (National Theatre), Caroline, Or Change (Chichester Festival Theatre), The Grinning Man (Bristol Old Vic), The Bodyguard (Adelphi Theatre), The Lion King (Lyceum Theatre) and Avenue Q (Noel Coward Theatre).
Stephen Hogan‘s extensive career has included theatrical performances in Mad As Hell (Jermyn Street Theatre), The Beauty Queen Of Leenane (The Curve, Leicester), Season’s Greetings (Liverpool Playhouse), Peer Gynt (National Theatre), St. Joan (The Abbey Theatre) and Macbeth (The Abbey Theatre).
Robert Kavanagh‘s theatre credits include: Love For Love and Queen Anne (RSC), Arcadia (English Touring Theatre), Julius Caesar (Young Vic), Kill The Old Torture Their Young (Traverse), Love For Love (Chichester), Men Should Weep (National Theatre), Table For Two (Edinburgh Festival) and Tartuffe (Royal Lyceum).
Madeleine Worrall recently devised, originated and played both Wendy in Peter Pan and Jane Eyre for the Bristol Old Vic and National Theatre, and Kingdom Come for the RSC. She has also appeared in West End productions of Three Sisters, The Anniversary and Cinderella.