The Wife of Willesden extends London run and announces New York premiere

Zadie Smith’s The Wife of Willesden has extended its run at the Kiln Theatre in London.

Due to overwhelming demand Producers have added a further two-weeks of performances with the show now running at Kiln Theatre until Saturday 11 February 2023. 

Kiln Theatre also announces the production’s New York première at the Harvey Theater at the BAM Strong in Brooklyn from 1 to 16 April 2023. This follows the already announced stateside dates at the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) at Harvard University from February 25 to 18 March.

Indhu Rubasingham said today, “We are thrilled today to be extending the run of Zadie’s adaptation of The Wife of Willesden, and have been delighted by the enthusiasm shown by audiences for its return to Kiln. For this piece, proudly set in Brent, to be heading to both Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) and the American Repertory Theatre (ART) is extremely exciting – and we can’t wait to continue the journey from Kiln to the USA!”

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.

Zadie Smith‘s 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 until 11 February 2023 at the Kiln Theatre, London.


📷 Main photo: The Wife of Willesden. Photo Credit Michael Wharley.


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