Femi Elufowoju, Jr : The Hotel Cerise

Date - 25 October, 2016, All News Opening Nights Press Nights Theatre
Femi Elufowoju, jr | Sainou Talent Agency London | Copyright (c) Adrian Lourie

Femi Elufowoju, Jr Directs The Hotel Cerise which opens to the press at The Theatre Royal Stratford East this evening.

As America’s first black president ends his eight years in office – Anita Mountjoy risks losing her family’s beloved hotel and cherry orchard, where Martin Luther King rested and Miles Davis played. Are the family keepers of this proud history, or simply trapped by its ghosts? Can ‘the audacity of hope’ survive?

Bonnie Greer’s new play is set in and around the Hotel Cerise – a famous retreat for middle class black people during the time of segregation. It’s a landmark and symbol – a place where Black America once felt welcome and safe…

‘Greer is clearly a writer of imagination’
The Times


Femi Elufowoju, jr has performed extensively at the National Theatre and Royal Court, and is the first theatre director of African descent to establish a national touring company in the UK, Tiata Fahodzi. He artistically led the company for 13 years, directing and presenting over 30 plays including his production of Oladipo Agboluaje’s Iya-Ile: The First Wife (nominated for an Olivier Award). He has since served as an Associate at the Almeida Theatre and The Royal Court. His latest directorial venture is The Secret Lives of Baba Segi's Wives , which held its UK premiere at the Arcola Theatre.

He reprised the role of Maccomo in the Complicité production of Lion Boy which played at The New Victory Theatre on Broadway and John Sterling in The Ghost Train at The Manchester Royal Exchange.

On screen he played President Jakob Lokoya across season two of Borgen and featured in both series of the BBC Three comedy Little Miss Jocelyn.

Femi plays the role of Krill in the action thriller Mechanic: Resurrection alongside Jason Statham, Jessica Alba and Tommy Lee Jones and President Ibaka in The Saint on Netflix.

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