About Clyde's

Donmar Warehouse, London
Booking to 2 December 2023
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★★★★ “A glorious kitchen drama” – Evening Standard

The European premiere of double Pulitzer Prize winning writer Lynn Nottage’s acclaimed play Clyde’s comes to the Donmar Warehouse this autumn 2023.

Writer Lynn Nottage (Ruined, Sweat, The Secret Life of Bees) and director Lynette Linton, winner of the Critics’ Circle Best Director award for Blues for an Alabama Sky, reunite for the European premiere of the hilarious and hopeful Clyde’s, the follow up to their five star Donmar production of Sweat, which transferred to the West End.

An impressive cast includes Olivier Award winner Giles Terera, Ronkẹ Adékọluẹ́jọ́, Patrick Gibson, Gbemisola Ikumelo, and Sebastian Orozco.

“Lynn Nottage is remarkable and uniquely exhilarating.” The Washington Post

Clyde’s is playing at the Donmar Warehouse from 13 October to 2 December 2023.

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Show Information

Performance dates
Booking to 2 December 2023
Running time
1 hour 40 minutes (no interval)
Performance days
Evenings: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Matinees: Thursday, Saturday

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


What's the story of Clyde's?

It’s kind of a ritual, we speak the truth. Then, let go and cook.

In the bustling kitchen of a run-down Pennsylvania truck stop, the formerly incarcerated staff have been given a second chance. Under the tyrannical eye of their boss Clyde, this unlikely team strives to create the perfect sandwich, as they dream of leaving their past mistakes behind for a better life.

Who is in the cast of Clyde's?

Ronkẹ Adékọluẹ́jọ́ (Letitia), Patrick Gibson (Jason), Gbemisola Ikumelo (Clyde), Sebastian Orozco (Rafael) and Giles Terera (Montrellous).

Who are the creative team of Clyde's?

Written by Lynn Nottage, directed by Lynette Linton.

Designer Frankie Bradshaw; Lighting Designer Oliver Fenwick; Sound Designer George Dennis; Movement Director Kane Husbands; Composer Duramaney Kamara; Wigs, Hair and Make Up Designer Cynthia De La Rosa; Voice and Dialect Coach Hazel Holder; and Casting Anna Cooper CDG.


Reviews

★★★★ "One of the best evenings in the stalls I’ve had this year" - The Observer
★★★★ "A glorious kitchen drama that's like The Bear... but better" - The Evening Standard
★★★★ "Blue collar grit meets sitcom humour in a great play" - The Times
★★★★ "Crunchy kitchen drama is a dish to be savoured" - The Guardian
★★★★ "A mouthwatering kitchen drama from one of America’s finest" - The Telegraph
★★★★ "A delicious cast adds zest and flavour to Lynn Nottage’s serious-minded comedy" - The Stage

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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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Clyde’s casting announced for the Donmar Warehouse including Giles Terera
Clyde’s casting announced for the Donmar Warehouse including Giles Terera
The Donmar Warehouse in London has revealed casting for its European premiere production of Clyde's by Lynn Nottage. Full casting for Clyde’s, by double Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage and director Lynette Linton, includes Ronkẹ Adékọluẹ́jọ́ as Letitia, Patrick Gibson as Jason, Gbemisola Ikumelo as Clyde, Sebastian Orozco as Rafael and Olivier Award winner Giles Terera as Montrellous. Nottage and Linton reunite at the Donmar after their hit production of Sweat in 2018. The creative team also includes Designer Frankie Bradshaw; Lighting Designer Oliver Fenwick; Sound Designer George Dennis; Movement Director Kane Husbands; Composer Duramaney Kamara; Wigs, Hair and Make Up Designer Cynthia De La Rosa; Voice and Dialect Coach Hazel Holder; and Casting Anna Cooper CDG. The story centres on the bustling kitchen of a run-down Pennsylvania truck stop, and the formerly incarcerated staff have been given a second chance. Under the tyrannical eye of their boss Clyde, this unlikely team strives to create the perfect sandwich, as they dream of leaving their past mistakes behind for a better life. Clyde's is playing at the Donmar from 13 October to 2 December 2023. Currently playing at the Donmar Warehouse is Next To Normal by Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey, starring Caissie Levy until 7 October 2023. Other Lynn Nottage work playing in London includes Mlima’s Tale, coming to the Kiln Theatre from 14 September 2023. More about tickets to Clyde's at the Donmar Warehouse in London More about the cast of Clyde's Ronkẹ Adékọluẹ́jọ́ plays Letitia. Her theatre work includes Blues for an Alabama Sky – nomination for Best Actress at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards, Three Sisters - winner of the third prize at The Ian Charleson Awards and Best Female Actor in a Play at the Black British Theatre Awards (National Theatre), Lava (Bush Theatre - Winner of Best Performance Piece at The Offies, nomination for Best Female Actor in a Play at the Black British Theatre Awards), Cyprus Avenue (Royal Court/Abbey Theatre Dublin/Public Theater New York), Bad Roads (Royal Court Theatre), The Mountain Top (Young Vic), Twelfth Night (Filter Theatre), The Oresteia (Home), Pride and Prejudice (Sheffield Theatres), The House That Will Not Stand, The Colby Sisters of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (Tricycle Theatre), Anon (Welsh National Opera) and Random (Crooked Path). For television, her work includes Rain Dogs, Alex Rider, Big Age, Soul Mates, Black Earth Rising, Cuckoo, Cold Feet, Doctor Who, Josh, NW, Sick Note. Chewing Gum and Suspects; and for film, Chevalier, Ear For Eye, The Big Other, Been So Long, Christopher Robin, Ready Player One and One Crazy Thing. Patrick Gibson plays Jason. His television work includes Shadow and Bone, Before We Die, The Spanish Princess, The OA, The White Princess, Guerilla, The Passing Bells and Neverland; and for film, The Portable Door, Good Girl Jane, Tolkien, The Darkest Minds, In a Relationship, Their Finest, Property of the State, Cherry Tree and What Richard Did. Gbemisola Ikumelo plays Clyde. For theatre, her work includes Twelfth Night (Young Vic), Our Country’s Good (Nottingham Playhouse), Oliver Twist (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), The New Nigerians (Arcola Theatre), The Night Watch (Royal Exchange Theatre), The Lion King (UK tour), The Colored Museum (Talawa Theatre), Death and The King’s Horseman (National Theatre). A BAFTA winning actress and writer, she won the BAFTA for Best Short Form Programme in 2020 for Brain in Gear, her BBC pilot which is currently being made into a 6x30 series for BBC2. This year she was nominated for Best Comedy Performance at the Independent Spirit Awards 2023 for her breakout role as ‘Clance’ in Amazon series A League of Their Own. In 2021 she was BAFTA nominated for Best Female Performance in a Comedy and won the RTS Award for 'Female Performance in a Comedy' for her series regular role in BBC sketch show Famalam. Her other television work includes Black Ops (which she co-created), Temple, Roadkill, Sex Education, One Night, and Broadchurch; and for film, The Power, The Last Tree and Cocktail. Sebastian Orozco plays Rafael. His theatre work includes A Fight Against (Royal Court Theatre), The Laramie Project, Earthquakes in London (Bristol Old Vic) and Ripple (National Youth Theatre, Arcola Theatre). For television, his work includes HALO, Masters of the Air, Alex Rider and You Don’t Know Me; and for film, The Crow. Giles Terera plays Montrellous. His theatre work includes The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui at the Donmar Warehouse, Blues for an Alabama Sky - Olivier Award nomination for Best Actor, Othello, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Hamlet, Death and the King’s Horseman, The Hour We Knew Nothing of Each Other, Troilus and Cressida, Candide, Honk!, The Darker Face of the Earth, Walk in the Light, Mind the Gap (National Theatre), The Meaning of Zong (which he also wrote, Bristol Old Vic/Royal Lyceum Edinburgh/Liverpool Playhouse/Barbican), Rosmersholm (Duke of York’s Theatre), Hamilton - Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical (Victoria Palace Theatre), The Merchant of Venice (Shakespeare’s Globe/international tour), King John (Shakespeare’s Globe/UK tour), Pre Imagination - The Songs of Leslie Bricusse (St James Theatre), The Book of Mormon, Rent (Prince of Wales Theatre), The Tempest (Theatre Royal Haymarket), Don’t You Leave Me Here (Leeds Playhouse), The Playboy of the Western World (Abbey Theatre, Dublin), Avenue Q (Noël Coward Theatre), The Rat Pack (Novello Theatre/international tour), Jailhouse Rock (Theatre Royal Plymouth/Piccadilly Theatre), 125th Street (Shaftesbury Theatre), You Don’t Kiss (Stratford Circus), Up on the Roof (Chichester Festival Theatre), The Tempest (RSC), Six Degrees of Separation (Sheffield Theatres), Generations of the Dead (Young Vic), Bill Shakespeare’s Italian Job (Playbox Theatre, Warwick), The Demon Headmaster and The Animals of Farthing Wood (Pleasance Theatre). For television, his work includes Flack and Horrible Histories; and for film, Death of England, The Current War, London Boulevard and Muse of Fire (his documentary created with Daniel Poole).

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