Full casting has been announced for the world première of A Wolf in Snakeskin Shoes by American playwright Marcus Gardley.
Directed by Indhu Rubasingham, the production opens at the Tricycle Theatre on 14th October (previews from 8th October) and runs until 14th November 2015.
Sharon D. Clarke and Lucian Msamati (pictured right) lead the company which also includes Adjoa Andoh, Ayesha Antoine, Michelle Bonnard, Wil Johnson, Karl Queensborough and Angela Wynter.
Design is by Tom Piper with lighting by Paul Anderson, sound by David McSeveney, musical direction by Nigel Lilley, compositions by Ben & Max Ringham, arrangements by Nigel Lilley, Ben & Max Ringham and movement direction from Coral Messam.
This fresh adaptation of Molière's Tartuffe is a wicked new comedy set in a world of millionaires and mega-churches that rocks the foundations of trust, faith and redemption. It follows Rubasingham’s critically-acclaimed production of Marcus Gardley’s The House That Will Not Stand in 2014.
Given just days to live, multi-millionaire Archibald Organdy rejects costly experimental treatment and opts to face his end surrounded by his loving family. His fate sealed, Archibald awaits his day of reckoning. However things could be about to change.
Arriving in Atlanta from the deep, deep South, flamboyant Archbishop Tardimus Toof, a prophet, preacher and part-time masseur promises to absolve Archibald’s sins and heal his disease. But his family suspect there's more to this devout healer than faith, virtue and snakeskin shoes…
Sharon D Clarke's theatre credits include We Will Rock You, Once On This Island, Chicago, The Lion King, Rent, Mama I Want to Sing, Hairspray and Ghost (all West End), Everyman (National Theatre), Romeo + Juliet (Rose Theatre Kingston), Porgy & Bess (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), The Amen Corner (Olivier Award Best Supporting Actress), Fame, on tour in Sweden & Norway, Guys And Dolls (National Theatre), Cinderella, Mother Goose, Puss In Boots, Once On This Island and Blues In The Night (Hackney Empire), Lift Off (Curve Leicester), Medea (Theatr Clwyd and The Young Vic), A Taste Of Honey (Royal Exchange, Manchester).
Her television work includes Holby City (series regular), Death In Paradise, You Me & Them, Psychobitches, Tree-Fu Tom, Where's Boo, and The Singing Detective; and for film, Sugarhouse, Secret Society and Beautiful People.
Lucian Msamati returns to the Tricycle having appeared in Walk Hard, Fabulation and Gem of the Ocean. His other theatre work includes Othello, Pericles (RSC), Little Revolution, Ruined, I.D (Almeida Theatre), The Amen Corner, The Comedy of Errors, Death and the King’s Horseman, The Overwhelming, President of an Empty Room, Mourning Becomes Electra, NT50 (National Theatre), If You Don’t Let Us Dream We Won’t Let You Sleep, Belong (Tiata Fahodzi and Royal Court Theatre), Clybourne Park (Royal Court Theatre / West End), The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui (Lyric Hammersmith), 1807 – The First Act (Shakespeare’s Globe), Who Killed Mr Drum? (Riverside), Twelfth Night (Over the Edge/Crucible Theatre).
For television his work includes The Hollow Crown: Richard II, George Gently, Luther, Game of Thrones, Death in Paradise, No 1 Ladies Detective Agency and Ashes To Ashes. For film his work includes The International and The Legend of the Sky Kingdom. Msamati is also a former Artistic Director of Tiata Fahodzi Theatre company and founder member of Zimbabwe’s acclaimed Over the Edge Theatre Company. For Tiata Fahodzi he directed The Epic Adventure of Nhamo the Manyika Warrior and his sexy wife Chipo and The Legend of Hamba. His other directing work includes The Taming of the Shrew (Over the Edge, Zimbabwe/ Bath Shakespeare Festival) and as a writer his plays include Born African and Zuva Crumbling: Memory Play.
Photo Credit: Mark Douet