Comedian, impressionist and actress Ronni Ancona is to star in a new play about the 2011 London riots, Little Revolution, alongside Game Of Thrones’ Lucian Msamati and Sense And Sensibility’s Imogen Stubbs.
The production, which runs at the Almeida Theatre from 26 August, also marks the stage return of the piece’s playwright Alecky Blythe. In the summer of 2011, while many Londoners were confusedly wondering what was happening as shops and homes burned, Blythe took her Dictaphone to the streets to speak to those affected. Little Revolutions is the result.
Ancona, who is probably best known for her TV work alongside Alistair McGowan, returns to the Almeida, where she previously appeared in The Hypochondriac. Msamati too has previously appeared at the Almeida in productions of ID and Ruined. Stubbs, whose London stage credits include Strangers On A Train and Third Finger, Left Hand, makes her debut at the Islington venue.
The Little Revolution cast is completed by Melanie Ash, who previously worked on Blythe’s The Riots, Barry McCarthy and Michael Shaeffer, who both star in the film adaptation of Blythe’s London Road, Bayo Gbadamosi, Lloyd Hutchinson, Rez Kempton, Claire Perkins and Rufus Wright.
Little Revolution, which is directed by Joe Hill-Gibbins, runs at the Islington venue following the current production of post-apocalyptic The Simpsons-inspired tale Mr Burns.