Final casting has been announced for the return of Zadie Smith’s The Wife of Willesden at the Kiln Theatre in London.
Clare Perkins reprises her role as Alvita, The Wife of Willesden, alongside Marcus Adolphy as Winston/Mandela/Black Jesus, George Eggay as Pastor/Eldridge, Andrew Frame as Ian/Socrates/Bartosz, Troy Glasgow as Darren/Young Maroon, Claudia Grant as Polly/Sophie, Nikita Johal as Asma/Kelly, Scott Miller as Ryan/Colin, Jessica Murrain as Author/Zaire/Queen Nanny and Ellen Thomas as Aunty P/Old Wife.
The production runs at Kiln Theatre from 14 December to 28 January, ahead of its US transfer in February where it will play at the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) in Cambridge, Massachusetts, from 25 February – 18 March 2023.
Critically acclaimed, multi-award winning, best-selling author Zadie Smith‘s ‘irresistably rambunctious’ (The Telegraph) The Wife of Willesden transports Chaucer’s The Wife of Bath to 21st Century North West London. The piece celebrates the human knack for telling elaborate tales, especially about our own lives with Kiln Theatre’s main auditorium transformed in a local pub complete with pub tables in the stalls.
The play is directed by Indhu Rubasingham with design by Robert Jones, lighting by Guy Hoare, composition and sound design by Ben and Max Ringham and movement direction by Imogen Knight.
The Wife of Willesden runs from 14 December 2022 until 28 January 2023 at the Kiln Theatre, London.