Casting has been announced for the premiere of The Hotel Cerise.
Inspired by Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard, Bonnie Greer's new play opens at the Theatre Royal Stratford East on 25th October (previews from 20th October) for a limited run to 12th November 2016.
Femi Elufowoju jr directs with set by Ellen Cairns, costume by Jessica Curtis, lighting by Tim Lutkins and sound by Simon McCorry
Ellen Thomas, who recently appeared in EastEnders, leads the company, with El Anthony, Madeline Appiah, Michael Bertenshaw, Nicholas Beveney, Andrew Dennis, Abhin Galeya, Lacharne Jolly, Corey Montague-Sholay, Claire Prempeh, Alexis Rodney and Angela Wynter completing the cast.
As the leader of the free world ends his eight years in office, a black middle class family risk losing their beloved hotel and cherry orchard, where Martin Luther King once rested and Miles Davis played. The Hotel Cerise was a famous retreat for affluent black people during the time of segregation - a landmark and symbol of Black America. A place where they were welcome and safe. Can it be saved? Should it be?