Lenny Henry will be showing audiences his serious side when he appears in the award-winning drama, Fences, at Milton Keynes Theatre next week.
Lenny plays Troy Maxson, a once-gifted athlete who was denied his chance at the big time and now struggles through daily life.
Resentful of a world he believes has denied him chances, he takes his anger out on a sport-obsessed son and his loyal wife.
Set sometime between the Korean and Vietnam wars, it is the story of a family trying to hold itself together and about what happens when a strong man is robbed of his dreams.
This performance follows Lenny’s successful appearance as Othello in the West End.
Fences is a greatly celebrated American drama, having won the New York Drama Critics’ Award as well as two Tony Awards and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
Writing in the grand tradition of Eugene O’Neill and Arthur Miller, August Wilson is widely considered to be one of the most important contributors to American drama and has won many significant awards.
Paulette Randall directs this production. She is the former artistic director of Talawa Theatre Company and was an associate director of the London 2012 Olympics opening ceremony. This is the fifth August Wilson play she has directed.
The play will run at Milton Keynes from Monday, March 18 until Saturday, March 23. To book tickets, call 08448717652 or visit www.atgtickets.com/miltonkeynes. Tickets cost £10–£39.50.
Performances will take place at 7.30pm each night, with 2.30pm matinee stagings on the Wednesday and the Saturday.