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Freeman in Royal Court’s Clybourne Park

Published 13 July 2010

Martin Freeman, Lucian Msamati and Sophie Thompson will star in Bruce Norris’s Clybourne Park at the Royal Court from 26 August.

The cast of this satirical comedy about the fault line between race and property also includes Steffan Rhodri, Sam Spruell, Lorna Brown and Sarah Goldberg. 

Freeman, who returns to the Royal Court where he appeared in Kosher Harry in 2002, is probably best known for playing Tim in Ricky Gervais’s hugely popular television comedy The Office. Since then he has been seen on screen in the films Love Actually, Hot Fuzz and The Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy.

Msamati is a regular face on the London stage, with recent credits including Ruined at the Almeida theatre, Death And The King’s Horseman and The Overwhelming at the National Theatre and Fabulation at the Tricycle theatre. His screen work includes Ashes To Ashes, The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency and Spooks.

Thompson is also a stage regular. The Laurence Olivier Award-winning actress has credits including Into The Woods and Company at the Donmar Warehouse – where she returns for a concert performance of Company in November – Measure For Measure at Shakesepeare’s Globe and The Female Of The Species at the Vaudeville theatre in 2008. Thompson’s face is also familiar from her screen roles in the soap EastEnders and films Emma and Gosford Park.

Of the rest of the cast, Rhodri is probably best known for playing Dave in sitcom Gavin And Stacey, though he has worked on stage in Chichester, North Wales and London; Spruell appeared alongside Jonathan Pryce in The Caretaker at Trafalgar Studios earlier this year; Goldberg was recently seen in Six Degrees Of Separation at the Old Vic; and Brown previously worked at the Royal Court in 93.2FM in 2005.

Norris’s Clybourne Park kicks off the autumn season in the Royal Court Jerwood Theatre Downstairs which also includes Nina Raine’s Tribes and the venue’s first ever family show, Get Santa!

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