The Ice Cream Boys - Jermyn Street Theatre
Tuesday 17 September 2019
Casting is announced for The Ice Cream Boys, a gripping exploration of politics and power by acclaimed playwright Gail Louw, due at Jermyn Street Theatre this October.
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Casting has been announced for The Ice Cream Boys, a gripping exploration of politics and power by acclaimed playwright Gail Louw.
Part of Jermyn Street Theatre's Memories Season, the play runs from 9 October to 2 November 2019.
The cast is ...
Andrew Frances (Fences - Bath Theatre Royal, Not Going Out - BBC1) as Jacob Zuma
Jack Klaff (The Cherry Orchard - Arcola Theatre, Insignificance - Donmar Warehouse, For Your Eyes Only - Eon Productions, Star Wars - Lucas Films) who plays Ronnie Kasrils, and
Bu Kunene - recent New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts graduate - plays Thandi Dube and other characters.
Jermyn Street Theatre's Artistic Director, Tom Littler, said ...
"We are delighted to present the premiere of Gail Louw's gripping play about corruption and power.
And it's a pleasure to welcome back an old friend, Jack Klaff, and introduce our audiences to the work of director Vik Sivalingam."
Gail Louw was born in Johannesburg and now lives in the UK.
Two volumes of her plays, including Blonde Poison, are published by Oberon Books.
Jermyn Street Theatre presented Louw's play Shackleton's Carpenter this August.
Vik Sivalingam is a freelance theatre director and senior tutor at LAMDA.
Selected credits include There or Here, In Arabia We'd All Be Kings, A Midsummer Night's Dream and The Tempest at the Rio Olympics 2016.
He has an MFA in Theatre Directing and was Resident Director at the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Jermyn Street Theatre is celebrating its 25th anniversary in the heart of London's West End.
In 2017 it became a producing house and has since forged partnerships with theatres in New York, Munich, Frankfurt, Newbury, Guildford, Oxford, Cumbria and York, producing over fifteen world premieres alongside several rediscoveries.
The Memories Season runs from September 2019 to January 2020 and also includes the currently running production of Somerset Maugham's For Services Rendered (to 5th October), a co-production with Guildford Shakespeare Company of All's Well That Ends Well (6th November to 30th November) and the London premiere of Craig Taylor's One Million Plays About Britain (2 December to 11 January).
"Oh look, there's a chess set. How about a game, like old times?"
There are some enemies you'd wait a lifetime to see face-to-face.
Charismatic, corrupt and dangerous, Jacob Zuma was until recently President of South Africa.
But before Zuma came to power, Ronnie Kasrils masterminded the intelligence services.
Now at last they're alone together.
When you've been betrayed, it's never too late to settle old scores.
Funny, fascinating, and hugely enjoyable, The Ice Cream Boys is a gripping exploration of politics and power.
Andrew Frances as Jacob Zuma
Jack Klaff as Ronnie Kasrils
Bu Kunene as Thandi Dube (and other characters)
Author: Gail Louw
Director: Vik Sivalingam
Designer: Cecilia Trono
Lighting: Tim Mascall
Sound: Nicola Chang
From: Wednesday 9 October 2019
Closed: Saturday 2 November 2019
Previews: £15 (9 to 10 Oct)
100 tickets at £10 are available for under-30s.
Concessions Available to over-60s, theatre unions, unwaged, access, students. £20.
Note that after Saturday 19 October all tickets are full price.
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