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Chimerica set to recoup all its costs

Theatre preview

CHIMERICA will complete its run at the Harold Pinter Theatre on October 19, 2013, as previously announced.

Following the play’s world premiere at the Almeida Theatre in May, Lyndsey Turner’s sold-out production transferred to the West End where it has continued to be acclaimed by critics and audiences alike.

Garnering an exceptional twelve five-star reviews, Chimerica is set to recoup all its costs by the end of the production’s eleven week limited season.

Previously Posted: The Headlong and Almeida Theatre’s acclaimed co-production of Lucy Kirkwood’s new play, Chimerica, is transferring to the West End – to the Harold Pinter Theatre, where it runs for a strictly limited 11 week seaon from August 6 to October 19, 2013.

Directed by Lyndsey Turner, Chimerica received its world premiere last month at the Almeida Theatre, where it continues until July 6, 2013.

Tiananmen Square, 1989. As tanks roll through Beijing and soldiers hammer on his hotel door, Joe – a young American photojournalist – captures a piece of history. When a cryptic message is left in a Beijing newspaper more than 20 years later, Joe is driven to discover the truth behind the unknown hero he captured on film. Who was he? What happened to him? And could he still be alive?

The cast includes Stephen Campbell Moore (as Joe), Benedict Wong (Zhang Lin), Claudie Blakley (Tessa), Elizabeth Chan (Liuli), Vera Chok (Michelle/Mary Chang), Karl Collins (David/Peter/Paul/Officer), Trevor Cooper (Frank), Nancy Crane (Martha/Doreen/Maria Dubiecki), Sean Gilder (Mel Stanwyck), Sarah Lam (Feng Meihui/Ming Xiaoli), Andrew Leung (Young Zhang Lin/Benny) and David K. S. Tse, all of whom will reprise their roles in the West End.

Stephen Campbell Moore’s theatre credits include Berenice (Donmar Warehouse), Clybourne Park (Royal Court), All My Sons (Apollo Theatre) and The History Boys (National Theatre). His screen work includes The Wrong Mans, Hunted, Lark Rise to Candleford, Ashes to Ashes and Hustle (TV); Complicit, A Short Stay in Switzerland, Sea Wolf, The History Boys and Bright Young Things (film).

Benedict Wong was recently seen in Hampstead Theatre’s production of #aiww: The Arrest of Ai Weiwei. Previously he played Laertes in the critically acclaimed Hamlet at the Young Vic opposite Michael Sheen. His many screen credits include Prometheus, The Lady, Dirty Pretty Things, Moon, Sunshine, Hummingbird and Kick Ass 2 (film); Run, Top Boy and The Wrong Mans (TV).

Claudie Blakley recently played Lady Macbeth at Sheffield Crucible where she was also seen in Lear. As well as work for the National Theatre, Hampstead Theatre, the Young Vic, Royal Court and the Royal Shakespeare Company, she has appeared in The Lady from the Sea at the Almeida Theatre. Her screen credits include New Tricks, Lark Rise to Candleford and the Cranford Chronicles (TV); Bright Star, Pride and Prejudice and Gosford Park (film).

Elizabeth Chan’s theatre credits include Inside Out and Monkey (Polka Theatre), The Wheel (National Theatre of Scotland), Greenland (National Theatre) and Nicholas Nickleby (Lyric Hammersmith). On television, she has appeared in Black Mirror: Going Dark and Silent Witness.

Vera Chok’s theatre credits include Tonseisha – The Man Who Abandoned the World (Barbican PitLab), Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (New Perspectives UK tour) and When The Lights Went Out (Tara Arts UK tour). Her screen work includes Panic and Random 11.

Karl Collins’ stage work includes One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show, Category B and Fabulation (Tricycle Theatre) and Riff Raff (Arcola Theatre). His screen credits include Black Mirror, Death in Paradise, Metrosexuality and The Bill (TV); The Unloved, Life and Lyrics and Greenwich Mean Time (film).

Trevor Cooper’s theatre credits include the title role in The Late Henry Moss, Awake and Sing, Measure for Measure and House of Games (Almeida Theatre), Heartbreak House (Chichester Festival Theatre), King Lear (Tobacco Factory), Arcadia (Duke of York’s Theatre) and The Lieutenant of Innishmore (Royal Shakespeare Company). His screen work includes Vikings, Spooks, Inspector George Gently, Outnumbered, The History of Mr Polly and Trial and Retribution (TV); Somerstown, Happy-Go-Lucky, Elizabeth: The Golden Age, The Gangs of New York and Vanity Fair (film).

Nancy Crane’s more recent theatre credits include The Children’s Hour (Comedy Theatre), Design for Living (Old Vic) and Now or Later (Royal Court). She has also appeared on screen in Nixon’s The One, Upstairs, Downstairs and Cambridge Spies (TV); The Special Relationship and The Road to Guantanamo (film).

Sean Gilder has previously been seen in Enemies and The Earthly Paradise (Almeida Theatre), Little Malcolm and his Struggle Against the Eunuchs (Hampstead Theatre), All’s Well That Ends Well (Royal Exchange Theatre) and Our Boys (Donmar Warehouse). His extensive screen credits include Inspector George Gently, The Shadow Line, Shameless, State of Play and New Tricks (TV); The Selfish Giant, King Arthur and Gangs of New York (film).

Sarah Lam’s more recent theatre credits include Factors Unforeseen (Orange Tree Theatre) and Mail Order Bride (Theatre Royal Northampton). She has previously been seen in productions at the National Theatre and the Royal Court. On screen, her credits include No Problem!, Angels and Brookside (TV); Hamlet and China Connection (film).

Andrew Leung’s theatre credits include #aiww: The Arrest of Ai Weiwei (Hampstead Theatre), Minaturists 33 and A Leap of Faith (Arcola Theatre), Man in the Middle (Theatre 503) and Romeo and Juliet, Uncle Vanya and All My Sons (East 15). He has also appeared on screen in Phone Shop and Ahead of the Class (TV); Comes a Bright Day and The List (film).

Chimerica will be produced in the West End by Sonia Friedman Productions, Bob Bartner/Norman Tulchin and Jean Doumanian. Set designs are by Es Devlin, with costumes by Christina Cunningham, lighting by Tim Lutkin, sound by Carolyn Downing and video design by Finn Ross.

Read more about Chimerica.

Chimerica Gallery

Tickets: £10 – £49.50, plus concessions (all prices include a £1.50 restoration levy). There will be over 150 seats at £10 for each performance of Chimerica, of those the entire front row of the stalls will be released for sale at the Box Office on day of performance in person at 10am.

Times: Monday to Saturday at 7.30pm, Wednesday and Saturday matinees at 2pm (first midweek matinee on August 14).

Merrily We Roll Along is currently booking at the Harold Pinter Theatre until July 27, 2013.