The full cast for the London transfer of Alice Childress’ Trouble in Mind has been announced. Following a critically acclaimed run at in Bath’s Ustinov Studio in November 2016, the production will run in at west London’s Print Room at the Coronet from 12 September to 14 October 2017, with a press night on 21 September. Directed by Laurence Boswell, Olivier nominated Tanya Moodie reprises the lead role of Wiletta Mayer, as previously announced.
Also returning, Pip Donaghy reprises his performance as = Henry alongside Geoff Leesley as Bill. New to the cast, Royal Shakespeare Company regular Jonathan Slinger, who recently starred as Willy Wonka in the West End production of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, takes on the role of Al Manners with Andrew Alexander as Eddie, Ewart James Walters as Forrester, Ncuti Gatwa as John, Faith Alabi as Millie and Daisy Boulton as Judy.
Laurence Boswell said:
“I am thrilled to be restaging Trouble In Mind for the Coronet after its hugely successfully outing in Bath. We have assembled a cast packed with talent, a beautiful and important play and the perfect London venue.”
Written by trailblazing American playwright Alice Childress, the play tells the story of a group of African-American actors rehearsing for a 1950s Broadway production in a theatre dominated by white men. By turns comic and dramatic, Childress’s Trouble in Mind was the first play by a black woman to be professionally produced in New York.
Wiletta Mayer is a talented African-American actress who has spent a lifetime building a career in the theatre. Now she’s on Broadway, rehearsing ‘Chaos in Belleville’, an anti-lynching play with a white director. As rehearsals progress, Wiletta finds it increasingly difficult to relate to the part she is playing. Will she be able to overcome her misgivings and will the show go on?
Andrew Alexander’s (Eddie) theatre credits includes: High Society (the Mill at Sonning Theatre); The 39 Steps (West End); Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (Sheffield Lyceum); Hot Mikado (Watermill Theatre); Salad Days (UK Tour). On screen has has appeared in McMafia; Midsomer Murders; Downton Abbey; The Hippopotamus; A Hundred Streets; The Monuments Men; Brash Young Turks; Gangster Kittens.
Daisy Boulton’s (Judy Sears) theatre credits include; Present Laughter (Theatre Royal, Bath); A View from the Bridge (Touring Consortium); Shakespeare in Love (West End); The White Carnation (Finborough Theatre); Measure for Measure (Almeida Theatre). Television and film credits include Yonderland, Kids in Love; The Exception.
Ewart James Walters’ (Sheldon Forrester) theatre credits include: Sweet Bird of Youth (Chichester Festival Theatre); Hamlet; King Lear; Julius Caesar; Oroonoko; Timon of Athens; Spanish Tragedy / Cymbeline (RSC); Nation; Royal Hunt of the Sun (National Theatre); A New World; As You Like It (Shakespeare’s Globe); Cuban Revolution (Royal Court); Porgy and Bess (West End); Timon of Athens; Hamlet (Young Vic); Moby Dick (Royal Exchange Theatre). Television, film and radio credits include; Gunpowder; Holby City; Top Boy; Sarah Jane Adventures; Class Act, Jane Eyre; League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.
Faith Alabi’s (Millie) trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Theatre credits include; Funeral Flowers (Royal Court); The Rolling Stone (Orange Tree Theatre); Eclipsed (Gate Theatre). Television, film and radio credits include; Cold Feet; Grantchester; Drifters; Chewing Gum; Agatha Raisin, My Song and Girls.
Geoff Leesley (Bill O’Wray) theatre credits includes: Trouble in Mind (Theatre Royal Bath); An Inspector Calls (Tour); War of the Roses (Rose Theatre); The Flannelettes (King’s Head); Much Ado About Nothing; Road (Royal Exchange Theatre); The Crucible (Regents Park); Othello (West End); The Knight of the Burning Pestle (Mercury Theatre / Young Vic). Television includes: Holby City; Doctors; New Tricks; The Escape Artist; Grandpa in my Pocket; White Heat; Law and Order UK. Film credits include: Wimbledon; Ashes and Sand; Asylum; A Life for a Life; Wilde.
Jonathan Slinger (Al Manners) trained at RADA. Slinger recently starred as Willy Wonka in the West End production of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Theatre Royal Dury Lane). Other theatre credits include; Plastic (Theatre Royal Bath); Medea (West End); Urinetown (St James Theatre / West End); Hamlet; The Tempest; The Comedy of Errors; Twelfth Night; The Homecoming; Macbeth (RSC); Yes, Prime Minister (Chichester Festival Theatre); The Gods Weep (RSC / Hampstead Theatre); Uncle Vanya (Young Vic); Power; The Duchess of Malfi; The Coast of Utopia; Richard II; The Machine Workers (National Theatre); Widower’s House (National Theatre / Tour). Television and film credits include; Nelson in his Own Words; Playing Ball; Doctors; The Adventures of Daniel; Vexed; Paradox; The Bill; Rosemary and Thyme; Midsomer Murders; Foyle’s War; Cold Feet; The Last September; Spring Awakening. Radio credits include; War and Peace; Bel Ami; The Duchess of Malfi; The Coram Boy; Euripides; A High Wind in Jamaica.
Ncuti Gatwa (John Nevins) trained at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. He has appeared in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare’s Globe); 946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips (Knee High Theatre); Lines (The Yard); Shakespeare in Love (West End); Romeo and Juliet (HOME) and television series, Bob the Servant (BBC 4).
Pip Donaghy’s (Henry) extensive theatre credits include; The Lottery of Love (Orange Tree Theatre); King Lear (Theatre Royal, Northampton); Trouble in Mind (Ustinov Studio, Bath); Taken at Midnight; Taking Sides; Collaboration; Nicholas Nickleby (Chichester Festival Theatre / West End); Venice Preserv’d (The Spectator’s Guild Company); Gabriel; The Tempest; The Taming of the Shrew (Shakespeare’s Globe); Donaghy has appeared on screen in Foyle’s War; Rattigan’s Nijinsky; The Deep Blue Sea; Casualty; Holby City; Midsomer Murders; This is Personal.