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Lenny Henry to star in August Wilson’s King Hedley II

Lenny Henry in The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui at the Donmar Warehouse, London. Photo: Helen Maybanks Lenny Henry in The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui at the Donmar Warehouse, London. Photo: Helen Maybanks
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Lenny Henry has been cast in August Wilson’s King Hedley II, which is being revived at Theatre Royal Stratford East next year.

Henry last appeared on stage in the Donmar Warehouse’s production of The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui in 2017.

He will star as Elmore in King Hedley II, which is being staged as part of Nadia Fall’s inaugural season as artistic director of the east London theatre.

She said: “Taking on the role of Elmore, this will be the first time that Lenny Henry has appeared on our stage and also the first time that the great August Wilson’s work has been performed here.”

King Hedley II runs from May 17 to June 16, 2019, with press night on May 23. It is directed by Fall.

The season opens with Peter Shaffer’s Equus, in April, and also includes an adaptation of Malorie Blackman’s Noughts and Crosses.

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