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Fences - Lenny Henry stars

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

THE THEATRE Royal Bath revival of August Wilson’s Fences, starring Lenny Henry, will transfer to the West End’s Duchess Theatre, where it runs from Wednesday, June 19 to Saturday, September 14, 2013.

Fences is one of the great American dramas of the 20th century, and winner of the New York Drama Critics’ Award, two Tony Awards and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

Set between the Korean and Vietnam wars, it is the story of a family trying to hold itself together and of what happens when a strong man is robbed of his dreams – a universal story which will touch a chord in every heart.

Troy Maxson was once a gifted athlete but was denied his shot at the big time and now struggles through daily life in Pittsburgh. Resentful of a world he believes has denied him chances at every turn, he takes out his anger on his loyal wife and sports-obsessed son.

In 2012, Lenny Henry made his West End debut playing the title role in Shakespeare’s Othello at Trafalgar Studios.

His numerous screen credits include The Lenny Henry Show, Lenny Henry In Pieces, Hope and Glory, The Delbert Wilkins Show, Three of a Kind and the documentaries Lenny’s Atlantic Adventure and Lenny’s Big Amazon Adventure (TV); True Identity, Live and Unleashed, Work Experience and the voice of Shrunken Head in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (film).

Henry’s live performances include his one man shows Where you From?, So Much Things To Say, Have You Seen This Man, Large ’99 and Loud!.

Henry will be joined in the cast of Fences by Tanya Moodie, Colin McFarlane, Peter Bankole and Ashley Zhangazha.

Directed by former Talawa artistic director Paulette Randall and designed by Libby Watson, the production will have lighting by Johanna Town, sound by Al Ashford and musical direction by Delroy Murray.

Alan Bennett’s Hymn and Cocktail Sticks runs at the Duchess Theatre from March 22 to June 15, 2013.

Fences will be followed – from September 18 to December 7, 2013 – by The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui starring Henry Goodman.