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Meet the Neighbours

The swinging sixties are just around the corner as a black family move into a suburban white enclave, triggering all too predictable mutterings from the neighbours. Fifty years on, we return to the same house in 2009 as gentrification sets in and the roles are reversed.

The ensemble of actors play two sets of characters in a play hailed as ‘shockingly entertaining’ and ‘appallingly funny’.

Acclaimed by critics and audiences alike since its debut on Broadway in 2009, Clybourne Park took the West End by storm following a sold out run at the Royal Court Theatre in London. It has been awarded Best Play at the Olivier Awards, the Evening Standard Best Play Award, the South Bank Sky Arts Theatre Award, Critics’ Circle Best Play Award and the Tony Award for Best Play.

Clybourne Park, which opens at the Mercury Theatre, Colchester ahead of a national tour has recently announced the full company – Ben Deery (Karl / Steve), Dan Gaisford (Kenneth), Rebecca Manley (Bev / Kathy), Rebecca Oldfield (Betsey / Lindsey), Gloria Onitiri (Francine / Lena), Wole Sawyerr (Albert / Kevin), William Troughton (Jim / Tom) and Mark Womack (Dan / Russ). The production opens on 15th April as part of the Made in Colchester Season, with previews from 8th April and runs until 23rd April. It is the first time the production will be seen in the UK outside of London.

Clybourne Park will be at the Mercury Theatre Colchester from 8th until 23rd April. To book tickets contact the Box Office on 01206 573948 or visit

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