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CAST ANNOUNCED! Sharon D. Clarke and Lucian Msamati to star in A Wolf In Snakeskin Shoes

Thursday, August 20th, 2015 by Tricycle

Lucian Msamati stars as Archbishop Tardimus Toof

Sharon D. Clarke plays Lady Toof

Tricycle Theatre Artistic Director Indhu Rubasingham today announces the full cast for the world première of A Wolf in Snakeskin Shoes, by multi-award winning American playwright Marcus Gardley. Sharon D. Clarke and Lucian Msamati lead the company which also includes Adjoa Andoh, Ayesha Antoine, Michelle Bonnard, Wil Johnson, Karl Queensborough and Angela Wynter in the production which opens on 14 October, with previews from 8 October, and runs until 14 November.

This fresh adaptation of Molière’s Tartuffe is a wicked new comedy set in a world of millionaires and mega-churches that rocks the foundations of trust, faith and redemption. It follows Rubasingham’s critically-acclaimed production of Marcus Gardley’s The House That Will Not Stand in 2014.

Given just days to live, multi-millionaire Archibald Organdy rejects costly experimental treatment and opts to face his end surrounded by his loving family. His fate sealed, Archibald awaits his day of reckoning. However things could be about to change.

Arriving in Atlanta from the deep, deep South, flamboyant Archbishop Tardimus Toof, a prophet, preacher and part-time masseur promises to absolve Archibald’s sins and heal his disease. But his family suspect there’s more to this devout healer than faith, virtue and snakeskin shoes…

Marcus Gardley was awarded the 2011 PEN/Laura Pels Award for a Mid-Career Playwright. His work for the stage includes The House That Will Not Stand (winner of 2014 Glickman Award), Every Tongue Confess, On The Levee, And Jesus Moonwalks the Mississippi, (L)imitations of Life, like sun fallin’ in the mouth, Black Odyssey, The Road Weeps, the Well Runs, This World in a Women’s Hands, Love Is A Dream House in Lorin, dance of the holy ghosts. He is the recipient of the 2013 Mellon Playwright Residency, the 2011 Aetna New Voice Fellowship at Hartford Stage, the Helen Merrill Award, a Kesselring Honor, the Gerbode Emerging Playwright Award, the National Alliance for Musical Theatre Award, the Eugene O’Neill Memorial Scholarship, and the ASCAP Cole Porter Award.

Adjoa Andoh plays Peaches. She has previously performed in Starstruck at the Tricycle. Her other theatre credits include Great Expectations (Bristol Old Vic), Tamburlaine, The Odyssey (RSC), The Dispute (RSC/ Lyric Hammersmith), Julius Caesar (RSC, West End & New York), Or You Could Kiss Me, The Revenger’s Tragedy, His Dark Materials, Stuff Happens (National Theatre), Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, In The Red And Brown Water, The Snow Queen (Young Vic), Purgatorio (Arcola Theatre), Sugar Mummies, Breath Boom (Royal Court Theatre), Nights At The Circus, Pericles (Lyric Hammersmith), Blood Wedding (Almeida Theatre), Death Catches The Hunter (Traverse), Love At A Loss (national tour) and Cloud Nine (Contact). Her recent work for television includes Line Of Duty, New Tricks, River, Cucumber, Brian Pern: Death of Rock, Broadchurch(Series 2), Doctor Who, Chasing Shadows, Law & Order, Missing, MI-High, The Shadow in the North; and for film, Remainder, Julius Caesar, Invictus and Adulthood.

Ayesha Antoine plays Afreeka Organdy. For the Tricycle she has appeared in The House That Will Not Stand. Her other theatre work includes The Ghost Train (Royal Exchange/Told By An Idiot), We Are Proud to Present…(Bush Theatre), Tartuffe (Birmingham REP), Absurd Person Singular, My Wonderful Day, Surprises (Stephen Joseph Theatre/ 59E59), One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show (Sheffield Crucible/Eclipse Theatre Company tour), Carrot (Theatre503), The Mountaintop (Derby Playhouse), Blue/Orange (Tiata Fahodzi/ Arcola), Madblud, Family Man, Cinderella, Red Riding Hood (Theatre Royal Stratford East), Big White Fog (Almeida) and The Firework Maker’s Daughter (Lyric Hammersmith/Told By An Idiot tour). For television her work includes Doctor Who, Holby City, Pompidou, Bellamy’s People, Mongrels, Mouth to Mouth, Grange Hill.

Michelle Bonnard plays Maxine. For theatre her work includes Beasts And Beauties (Hampstead Theatre), On The Record (Arcola Theatre), Europe (Barbican), Epic and Hygiene Hypothesis (Theatre 503), The Mirror for Princes (Barbican/World Tour) and Macbeth (Out of Joint). Her television work includes Blackout, The Fear, Law & Order UK, Hustle, Margot, Apparitions, Waking the Dead, Silent Witness, Saddam’s Tribe and Five Days.

Sharon D Clarke plays Lady Toof. Her theatre credits include We Will Rock You, Once On This Island, Chicago, The Lion King, Rent, Mama I Want to Sing, Hairspray and Ghost (all West End), Everyman (National Theatre), Romeo + Juliet (Rose Theatre Kingston), Porgy & Bess (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), The Amen Corner (Olivier Award Best Supporting Actress), Fame, on tour in Sweden & Norway, Guys And Dolls (National Theatre), Cinderella, Mother Goose, Puss In Boots, Once On This Island and Blues In The Night (Hackney Empire), Lift Off  (Curve Leicester), Medea (Theatr Clwyd and The Young Vic), A Taste Of Honey (Royal Exchange, Manchester). Her television work includes Holby City (series regular), Death In Paradise, You Me & Them, Psychobitches, Tree-Fu Tom, Where’s Boo, and The Singing Detective; and for film, Sugarhouse, Secret Society and Beautiful People.

Wil Johnson plays Organdy. His theatre work includes Fuenteovejuna (National Theatre), Redundant (Royal Court Theatre), A Mad World My Masters (Shakespeare’s Globe), Serious Money (Birmingham REP), The Queen and I (Out Of Joint), Torn (Arcola Theatre) and Othello (Royal Lyceum). His television work includes Waking the Dead, Clocking Off, Moving On, Cracker; and for film, Adulthood, Anuvahood, Dead End and Macbeth.

Lucian Msamati returns to the Tricycle to play Toof. He has previously appeared in Walk Hard, Fabulation and Gem of the Ocean at the Tricycle Theatre. His other theatre work includes Othello, Pericles (RSC), Little Revolution, Ruined, I.D (Almeida Theatre), The Amen Corner, The Comedy of Errors, Death and the King’s Horseman, The Overwhelming, President of an Empty Room, Mourning Becomes Electra, NT50 (National Theatre), If You Don’t Let Us Dream We Won’t Let You Sleep, Belong (Tiata Fahodzi and Royal Court Theatre), Clybourne Park (Royal Court Theatre / West End), The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui (Lyric Hammersmith), 1807 – The First Act (Shakespeare’s Globe), Who Killed Mr Drum? (Riverside), Twelfth Night (Over the Edge/Crucible Theatre). For television his work includes The Hollow Crown: Richard II, George Gently, Luther, Game of Thrones, Death in Paradise, No 1 Ladies Detective Agency and Ashes To Ashes. For film his work includes The International and The Legend of the Sky Kingdom. Msamati is also a former Artistic Director of Tiata Fahodzi Theatre company and founder member of Zimbabwe’s acclaimed Over the Edge Theatre Company. For Tiata Fahodzi he directed The Epic Adventure of Nhamo the Manyika Warrior and his sexy wife Chipo and The Legend of Hamba. His other directing work includes The Taming of the Shrew (Over the Edge, Zimbabwe/ Bath Shakespeare Festival) and as a writer his plays include Born African and Zuva Crumbling: Memory Play.

Karl Queensborough plays Gumper. His theatre work includes Morning (Lyric Hammersmith / The Traverse Theatre), Dayglo, Mind The Gap (Y Touring Theatre Company), Ignition (Frantic Assembly), Depth Charge (Gecko), and The first thing that ever ever happened (Peepolykus).

Angela Wynter plays Mother Organdy. Her theatre work includes Boi Boi is Dead (West Yorkshire Playhouse/Watford Palace), Voices From The Black I Am (National Theatre of Scotland), The Amen Corner (National Theatre), Simply Heavenly (Young Vic), One Love (Bristol Old Vic/Hammersmith Lyric), The Lion King (Lyceum Theatre, West End & Australia), Back Pay (Royal Court Theatre), Zebra Crossing II, Medea in the MirrorMaskarade (Talawa Theatre), and Ticket To Write, Jar The Floor (West Yorkshire Playhouse). Her television work includes Holby City and EastEnders and Cutting It (all series regulars).

Indhu Rubasingham, Artistic Director of the Tricycle Theatre, directs. For the company, her work includes Multitudes, The House That Will Not Stand, Handbagged (also Vaudeville Theatre – Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre and forthcoming national tour), Red Velvet (also New York – Evening Standard Award and Critics’ Circle Award), Paper Dolls, Women, Power And Politics, Stones In His Pockets, Detaining Justice, The Great Game: Afghanistan, Fabulation, and Starstruck. Her other theatre work includes The Motherf**ker With the Hat, The Waiting Room (National Theatre), Belong, Disconnect, Free Outgoing, Lift Off, Clubland, The Crutch, Sugar Mummies (Royal Court), Ruined (Almeida Theatre), Yellowman, Anna In The Tropics (Hampstead Theatre), The Ramayana (National Theatre/ Birmingham Rep), and Secret Rapture, The Misanthrope, Romeo and Juliet (Chichester Festival Theatre). In 2012 Rubasingham was awarded the Arts & Culture Award at the Asian Women of Achievement Awards for ‘astounding achievements in theatre’. She also received the Carlton Multi-Cultural Achievement Award for Performing Arts and in 2010 she jointly received the Liberty Human Rights Arts Award for The Great Game: Afghanistan.

Directed by Indhu Rubasingham; Designed by Tom Piper; Lighting Design by Paul Anderson; Sound Designer: David McSeveney; Musical Director: Nigel Lilley; Composers: Ben & Max Ringham Arrangements: Nigel Lilley, Ben & Max Ringham; Movement Director Coral Messam.

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Top to bottom, left to right: Adjoa Andoh, Ayesha Antoine, Michelle Bonnard, Sharon D. Clarke, Wil Johnson, Lucian Msamati, Karl Queensborough, Angela Wynter.