JenkinsMcShane Casting: The Serpent’s Tooth Press Night

Date - 8 November, 2012, All News Opening Nights Theatre

This evening is Press Night for The Serpent’s Tooth, cast by JenkinsMcShane Casting CDG. Presented by the Almeida Theatre in association with Talawa Theatre Company, The Serpent’s Tooth is a potent finale to King Lear in an atmospheric promenade production in Shoreditch Town Hall’s basement tunnels. Commissioned by Almeida Projects, the Almeida’s Creative Learning Programme, this is the Almeida’s first off-site production since it returned to its Upper Street home a decade ago.

The Serpent’s Tooth is directed by the Artistic Director of Talawa Theatre CompanyMichael Buffong, who has directed a number of high-profile productions including the recent Moon on a Rainbow Shawl at the National Theatre and the multi-award-winning A Raisin in the Sun at the Manchester Royal Exchange.

King Lear and his family are dead, and in the aftermath of a cruel war the country is at a crossroads. As lawlessness descends, an imprisoned traitor awaits his fate. A prominent diplomat arrives to oversee the trial of this infamous prisoner. But with the guards resisting his authority and the threat of invasion growing outside, the visitor’s purpose begins to unravel.

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