Trouble in Butetown Tickets

Donmar Warehouse, London
10 February 2023 - 25 March 2023

The world-premiere of award-winning new play Trouble in Butetown at the Donmar Warehouse starring Sarah Parish.

Stage and screen star Sarah Parish (Industry, W1A) stars in thrilling new play Trouble in Butetown at the Donmar Warehouse, by award-winning playwright Diana Nneka Atuona (Liberian Girl).

Directed by Tinuke Craig (Jitney), Trouble in Butetown runs at the Donmar Warehouse from 10 February to 25 March 2023.

Winner of the Theatre Royal Haymarket Writers Award and the George Devine Award.

What's the story of Trouble in Butetown?

In her illegal boarding house in Butetown, Cardiff, Gwyneth Mbanefo (Sarah Parish, Bancroft) toils tirelessly to keep afloat.

It’s a port town during the war; home to souls from every corner of the globe. When Nate (BIFA winner Samuel Adewunmi), an African American GI, escapes his barracks and discovers this new world without segregation, can he find safe harbour in Tiger Bay? And with danger on every corner, who can he trust?

Who is in the cast of Trouble in Butetown?

Trouble in Butetown stars Samuel Adewunmi as Nate, Rita Bernard-Shaw as Connie, Ifan Huw Dafydd as Patsy, Zaqi Ismail as Dullah, Gareth Kennerley as Detective Hughes, Bethan Mary-James as Peggy, Sarah Parish as Gwyneth and Zephryn Taitte as Norman.

Who are the creative team of Trouble in Butetown?

Trouble in Butetown is written by Diana Nneka Atuona, directed by Tinuke Craig, designed by Peter McKintosh, with lighting design by Oliver Fenwick, sound design by Emma Laxton, composed by Clement Ishmael, movement director – Ingrid Mackinnon, fight direction by Kev McCurdy and casting by Anna Cooper CDG.


Show Information

Performance dates
10 February 2023 - 25 March 2023
Running time
To be confirmed
Performance days
Evenings: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Matinees: Thursday, Saturday

Performance information is for guidance only. Check booking calendar for details.


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Venue Information

Donmar Warehouse, 41 Earlham Street, London, WC2H 9LX
Nearest Tube or Train: Leicester Square, Covent Garden
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Donmar Warehouse announces Private Lives & new Jack Thorne play; Michael Longhurst to step down
Stephen Mangan, Rachael Stirling, Laura Carmichael and Sargon Yelda to star in Noel Coward's Private Lives A new play by Jack Thorne - When Winston Went to War with the Wireless Next To Normal casting announced: Caissie Levy and Trevor Dion Nicholas The Donmar Warehouse in London has announced that its Artistic Director Michael Longhurst is to step down. After five years at the Donmar, Longhurst is leaving the venue when his contract ends in February 2024. There is no news on who will replace him. The Donmar has also announced more shows in its 30th anniversary season - kicking off with a revival of Noel Coward's Private Lives from 7 April to 27 May 2023. Directed by Michael Longhurst, Private Lives will star Stephen Mangan as Elyot, Rachael Stirling as Amanda, Laura Carmichael as Sibyl and Sargon Yelda as Victor (main photo). Design will be by Hildegard Bechtler, with lighting design by Jack Knowles and casting by Anna Cooper CDG. This will then be followed by the world première of a new play by Jack Thorne (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child), titled When Winston Went to War with the Wireless. Directed by Katy Rudd, the play promises to be a gripping and timely examination of the BBC’s independence during the 1926 General Strike, and will play at the Donmar from 2 June to 29 July 2023. Today, casting has also been announced for the Donmar's Summer musical - Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey’s Next To Normal. Caissie Levy is set to play Diana in the show, alongside Trevor Dion Nicholas as Dr. Madden/Dr. Fine, with further casting to be announced.  Next To Normal at the Donmar - Caissie Levy and Trevor Dion Nicholas Michael Longhurst will direct Next To Normal, with a creative team that also includes: Musical Supervisor Nigel Lilley; Designer Chloe Lamford; Lighting Designer Lee Curran; Sound Designer Tony Gayle; Movement Director Ann Yee; Musical Director Nick Barstow; and Casting Director Anna Cooper CDG. Currently playing at the Donmar is Lillian Hellman’s Watch on the Rhine starring Patricia Hodge - which has received some great reviews. Up next at the Donmar is the world premiere of Diana Nneka Atuona’s new play Trouble in Butetown, starring Sarah Parish. Donmar artistic director Michael Longhurst said in a press statement: ​​“I could not be prouder of the Donmar team and all that we’ve achieved across my tenure – the impact of the pandemic on our industry was devastating, but in the face of this, I am so grateful that the team rose to the challenge, not only to fundraise for and deliver an essential capital project, but to simultaneously help reopen theatres with our globally-transferring sound installation Blindness and our multi-cast Olivier Award-winning revival of Constellations in the West End. Thank you to all the artists and theatre makers who have been part of the journey so far. I am proud that in a time so challenging for freelancers to have enabled so many Donmar debuts, and to have continued to improve the diversity of those making work here. I am enormously grateful to my Co-Chief Executive Henny Finch for her unwavering support and great skill throughout my tenure.   "As I approach the end of my contract, it feels like the right moment to hand over this incredible theatre - now celebrating its 30th anniversary. When I leave next year, I will do so with the company in robust financial health, in part due to the Donmar’s many loyal supporters, with whose help we feel confident we can fill the gap left by the recent withdrawal of our Arts Council funding. I know that the Donmar will not simply survive, but thrive and continue to forge forward as an industry leader and innovator - this next chapter is a new moment and an incredible opportunity for the company’s next Artistic Director. "Before then, I am beyond thrilled to be honouring the 50th anniversary of Coward’s death by reviving his most famous work Private Lives in the fierce intimacy of the Donmar; producing Jack Thorne’s astonishingly timely play about BBC independence, and directing the long-awaited UK premiere of Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical Next to Normal, with Broadway star Caissie Levy, whose vocals are currently Grammy-nominated on the cast album of my last Broadway productionCaroline, or Change.  I look forward to announcing my final season later in the year, before pursuing new artistic challenges for myself in 2024”. Donmar Warehouse Artistic Director Michael Longhurst. Photo by Helen Maybanks Adam Kenwright, Chair of the Donmar Warehouse, said: “On behalf of the Donmar’s Board, I would like to thank Michael for his inspired artistic leadership since the start of 2019. Not only has he directed and produced some of the standout work of the past few years, he also ably steered the theatre through a very challenging time, putting the Donmar at the forefront of innovation. Working closely with Executive Director Henny Finch and the brilliant Donmar team, Michael spearheaded the essential renovations of our theatre during our enforced Covid closure, ensuring when we reopened it was improved and welcoming for future audiences and artists. His are big shoes to fill, but I have no doubt there are fantastic candidates out there, who can continue the Donmar’s commitment to staging work that thrills, engages and excites our audiences. Together with my board colleagues we will begin the recruitment process for Michael’s successor in mid-February” Book tickets to Trouble in Butetown at the Donmar Warehouse More about Private Lives tickets at the Donmar Warehouse More about When Winston Went to War with the Wireless tickets at the Donmar Warehouse More about Next To Normal tickets at the Donmar Warehouse
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Trouble in Butetown casting announced at the Donmar including Sarah Parish
The Donmar Warehouse has announced casting for its world premiere production of Trouble in Butetown. Written by award-winning Diana Nneka Atuona (Liberian Girl), the play will be directed by Tinuke Craig (Jitney, The Color Purple), and plays the Donmar Warehouse from 10 February to 25 March 2023. The show stars Samuel Adewunmi as Nate, Rita Bernard-Shaw as Connie, Ifan Huw Dafydd as Patsy, Zaqi Ismail as Dullah, Gareth Kennerley as Detective Hughes, Bethan Mary-James as Peggy, Sarah Parish as Gwyneth and Zephryn Taitte as Norman. The play already has a great track record, having won the Theatre Royal Haymarket Writers Award and the George Devine Award. Trouble in Butetown is designed by Peter McKintosh, with lighting design by Oliver Fenwick, sound design by Emma Laxton, composed by Clement Ishmael, movement director - Ingrid Mackinnon, fight direction by Kev McCurdy and casting by Anna Cooper CDG. The play is centred on the illegal boarding house in Butetown, Cardiff of Gwyneth Mbanefo, who toils tirelessly to keep afloat. It’s a port town during the war; home to souls from every corner of the globe. When Nate, an African American GI, escapes his barracks and discovers this new world without segregation, can he find safe harbour? And with danger on every corner, whom can he trust? More about Trouble in Butetown tickets More about the cast of Trouble in Butetown Samuel Adewunmi plays Nate. Trouble in Butetown marks his professional stage debut. His television credits include You Don’t Know Me (BAFTA Best Actor nomination, MOBO Awards nomination), Angela Black, Stan Lee’s Lucky Man, Doctor Who, Prime Suspect 1973, Dixi, The Missing and for film; Born a King, The Last Tree (Most Promising Newcomer at the British Independent Film Awards) and Hatton Garden Job. Rita Bernard-Shaw plays Connie. Trouble in Butetown marks his professional stage debut. Her television credits include Van der Valk, The Power, The Nevers and for film; Catherine Called Birdy, Eternal Beauty and The Machine. Ifan Huw Dafydd plays Patsy. His theatre credits include Under Milk Wood (National Theatre/UK tour/Theatr Clwyd), As You Like It, Arden of Faversham, History of Falling Things, Festen, Memory, King Lear, Hard Times, Twelfth Night, The Drawer Boy, A Christmas Carol, Afore Night Come, Rape of the Fair Country (Theatr Clwyd), The Wood (Torch Theatre), Raving (Hampstead Theatre), Dark Earth, Light Sky (Almeida Theatre), Enemy for the People (Chapter Arts Centre), Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (UK tour) and The Indian Queen (Glasgow Citizen’s Theatre). His television credits include The Light In The Hall, Goldie’s Oldies, 4 Stories, On the Edge, 15 Days, Enid a Lucy, Pitching In, The Crown, Parch, Requiem, 35 Diwrnod, The Bastard Executioner, Casualty, Doctors, Hinterland, The Indian Doctor, Sherlock: The Reichenbach Fall, Borgia, Alys, Gavin and Stacey, Rise of the Gargoyles, Holby City, Midsomer Murders, Con Passionate, The Last Detective, Foyle’s War: Eagle Day, Hearts of Gold, In Deep, Care: Heartburn Hotel, Mortimer’s Law, Fireman Sam. Screen One, The Life and Death of Phillip Knight, The Silent Twins and for film; Denmark: London Town, Mr Nice, Martha, Jac a Sianco, The Proposition, Coming Up Roses, Abraham’s Point, Daddy’s Girl and Leaving Lenin. Zaqi Ismail plays Dullah. His theatre credits include 10 Nights, Three Wise Monkeys (Bush Theatre) and The Dishonoured (Arcola Theatre/UK tour). His television credits include The Undeclared War, Baptiste, Lady Parts, Britannia, Strike Back Reboot, Indian Summers, Doctor Who and for film; Summer in the Shade. Gareth Kennerley plays Detective Hughes. His theatre credits include Othello, The Corn is Green, War Horse, Saint Joan (National Theatre), The Tragedy of Macbeth (Almeida Theatre), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Australian Shakespeare Company), The Importance of Being Earnest (Play in the Park), Crystal Clear (White Deer Theatre at the Old Red Lion), Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (The Palace Theatre), House and Garden (Watermill Theatre), Five Guys Chillin’ (King’s Head Theatre), Hookup (Hackney Showrooms), Sanguine (Scaffold State), Pedal Pusher (Theatre Delicatessen), Stand Up, Diggers All (Pentabus Theatre), Pavement (King’s Theatre), Carmen (Stephen Joseph Theatre), The Comedy of Errors, Richard III (Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory), Sweeney Todd (Dundee Rep), Cloud Sensation (Curving Road), Doctor Faustus, The Schools for Scandal (Greenwich Theatre), Under Milk Wood (Tricycle Theatre), The Pendulum (Jermyn Street Theatre), Fiddler on the Roof (Sheffield Crucible/Savoy Theatre), Arden of Faversham (Skin and Bone Theatre), King Lear (Creation Theatre Company), and The Triumph of Love (Lady Windsor Theatre). His film credits include My Policeman. Bethan Mary-James plays Peggy. His theatre credits include The Meaning of Zong (Bristol Old Vic), The Merthyr Stigmatist (Sherman Theatre/Theatre Uncut/Zoar Theatre), This Beautiful Virtual Village (Abbey Theatre), Antigone (National Theatre Wales), Much Ado About Nothing (Tobacco Factory/ Wilton’s Music Hall), Henry II (Between The Lines Theatre), Women of the World Festival (Yap Yap Yap/Southbank Centre), Pride and Prejudice (Nottingham Playhouse/York Theatre Royal), The Revenger’s Tragedy (Nottingham Playhouse), Moon on a Rainbow Shawl (Talawa/National Theatre), A Christmas Carol (Birmingham Rep Theatre), All My Sons (Manchester Royal Exchange), Future for Beginners (Wales Millennium Centre) and Early Days of a Better Nation (Ovalhouse). Her television credits include Sisters, Friday Night Dinner, Doctors, Casualty, The Collection, Cuffs, Stella, Public Enemies and for film; Belle and On a Knife Edge. Sarah Parish plays Gwyneth. She previously appeared in Nine at the Donmar. Other Theatre credits include Way Upstream (Chichester Festival Theatre) and Popcorn (Apollo Theatre). For television, her credits include Stay Close, McDonald and Dodds, Inside Number 9, Industry, The Cockfields, Medici, Bancroft, Broadchurch, The Collection, W1A, Trollied, Breathless, Atlantis, Hatfields and McCoys, Monroe, The Pillars of the Earth, Mistresses, Sex, the City and Me, Doctor Who, Aftersun, Recovery, What Happens on the Bus, Our Hidden Lives, Miss Marple, If I Had You, Much Ado About Nothing, Blackpool, Reversals, Unconditional Lover, Trust, Cutting It, Sirens, Impact, Hearts and Bones, Table Twelve, The Vice, Brotherly Love, Kiss Me Kate, City Central, Beast, Peak Practise (Winner of the Regional Television Award for Best Actress), Cry Wolf, Babes in the Wood and Pay and Display. Her film credits include You Me and Him, Dunroamin, The Holiday, The Wedding Date and Parting Shots. Zephryn Taitte plays Norman. His theatre credits include Nora: A Doll’s House (Young Vic), Bitter Wheat (Garrick Theatre), Glengarry Glen Ross, The Jungle Book, The Crucible (UK tour), Trust (Gate Theatre), The Tempest (Stafford Shakespeare Festival), Result (Pleasance Theatre), Rachel (Finborough Theatre), The Man in the Green Jacket (Jermyn Street Theatre), The Island (Union Theatre), The Tempest and Romeo and Juliet (Oval House). His television credits include series regular Cyril Robinson in Call the Midwife, Unforgotten, Father Brown, Doctors Urban Myths, The Hour, Brothers With No Game and for film; Daemon Mind, No Shade, Dirty Money, Run it Off and White.

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