Running with Lions debuting at Lyric Hammersmith February

An actress famous for portraying Marina Thompson in hit series Bridgerton is set to join the world premiere of a play about love, loss and hope.

The debut stage play Running with Lions from new writing talent Sian Carter will be directed by Talawa’s Artistic Director Michael Buffong at the Lyric Hammersmith Theatre’s Main House from 10 February 10  to March 12.

Following the death of a loved one, the play follows a British-Caribbean family struggling to come to terms with their grief.

Isolated by their generational beliefs and challenges to their faith and mental health, they live between the things they do and do not say.

Running with Lions explores the journey of one family’s reconciliation after loss and the rediscovery of love and joy.

The production brings together Ruby Barker, best known for playing Marina Thompson in Netflix’s hit series Bridgerton and Wil Johnson who has performed extensively on stage and the screen for more than 30 years including all nine series of Waking the Dead as DS Spencer Jordan.

Michael Buffong, Artistic Director of Talawa Theatre Company, said: “Sian Carter is a brilliant new writer; her story of an intergenerational family learning to overcome the challenges we all face today is, I think, life-affirming.

“To be able to co-produce this play with the Lyric is a welcomed dream.

We have an amazing cast and I believe this is going to be an absolute treat for audiences.”

Main Pic: Wil Johnson (Maxwell). Photo by Michael Warley and Ruby Barker (Imani). Photo by Steve Piper



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