Casting has been announced for the world premiere of Emma Donoghue’s Room which is due to open at the Theatre Royal Stratford East ahead of runs at Dublin’s Abbey Theatre and Dundee Rep.
Adapted for the stage by Donoghue from her best-selling novel, the cast includes Stephen Casey (Grandpa), Fela Lufadeju (Big Jack), Liam McKenna (Old Nick), Lucy Tregear (Grandma), and Witney White (Ma). The role of Little Jack will be shared by Darmani Eboji, Taye Kassim Junaid-Evans and Harrison Wilding.
Featuring music and lyrics by Cora Bissett (who also directs) and Scottish songwriter Kathryn Joseph, the production will play Stratford East from 2 May until 3 June with a press night on 10 May. The production will then play Dundee Rep (13-17 June) and Abbey Theatre, Dublin (24 June-22 July).
The creative team includes designer Lily Arnold, projection designer Andrzej Goulding, lighting designer David Plater, music director Gavin Whitworth, sound designer Alexandra Faye Braithwaite, puppet designer: David Cauchi and associate director Ellen Havard.
Previously adapted by Donoghue for the screen, Room is the story of a teenage girl who has been kept locked inside a purpose-built room. The award-winning film version garnered rave reviews and featured an Oscar-winning performance from Brie Larson.
The Theatre Royal Stratford East and Abbey Theatre, Dublin co-production will be presented in association with National Theatre of Scotland and Covent Garden Productions.