Cash Holland, Solomon Israel, Joséphine-Fransilja Brookman and Jonah Russell

Initial casting announced for A Raisin in the Sun UK revival

Initial casting has been announced for the UK revival of A Raisin in the Sun.

Lorraine Hansberry’s groundbreaking play will star Joséphine-Fransilja Brookman (High Times and Dirty Monsters, A Pigment of Your Imagination, Macbeth) as Beneatha, Cash Holland (A Streetcar Named Desire, Odyssey, Julius Caesar) as Ruth, Solomon Israel (Jitney, The Barber Shop Chronicles, Miss Littlewood) as Walter Lee and Jonah Russell (Arms and the Man, I, Joan, The Brilliant Friend) as Karl.

Further casting will be announced soon, including sets of local children who will alternate the role of Travis.

Directed by Tinuke Craig (Trouble in Butetown, Jitney, Crave, The Color Purple), Hansberry’s classic American family drama about a a lower-class black family’s struggle to gain middle-class acceptance is full of humour and heart, and remains as relevant today as when it was published in 1959.

Director Tinuke Craig said: “It is a privilege to once again work alongside the creative powerhouse that is Headlong in their 50th year after collaborating on Jitney in 2021 whilst continuing my ongoing Artistic Associate role with Lyric Hammersmith Theatre. Now, the time is right to bring Lorraine Hansberry’s classic A Raisin in the Sun back to the stage in a relevant, fresh new production for today.”

This thrilling new production will play nationwide from 13 September 2024 in a Headlong, Leeds Playhouse (13-28 Sep), Lyric Hammersmith Theatre (8 Oct-2 Nov) and Nottingham Playhouse (5-16 Nov) production, also visiting Oxford Playhouse (2-5 Oct) – a newly announced Associate Partner for Headlong.

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📷 Main photo: Cash Holland, Solomon Israel, Joséphine-Fransilja Brookman and Jonah Russell

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