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Headlong announces cast and creatives for their production of A Raisin in the Sun ahead of its run at Oxford Playhouse.

Oxford Playhouse is delighted to welcome their associate partner Headlong this Autumn, who have today released initial casting and full creatives for their fresh new staging of A Raisin in the Sun by director Tinuke Craig (Trouble in Butetown, Jitney, Crave, The Color Purple).

Touring to The Playhouse from Wednesday 2 to Saturday 5 October, the production marks a start to the theatre’s partnership with the pioneering theatre company as they relocate back to Oxford.

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Tinuke Craig, Joséphine-Fransilja Brookman, Cash Holland, Solomon Israel and Jonah Russell

Announced today,Joséphine-Fransilja Brookman (High Times and Dirty Monsters, A Pigment of Your Imagination, Macbeth ) will play Beneatha, Cash Holland (A Streetcar Named Desire, Odyssey, Julius Caesar ) will play Ruth, Solomon Israel (Jitney, TheBarber Shop Chronicles, Miss Littlewood) will play Walter Lee and Jonah Russell (Arms and the Man, I, Joan, The Brilliant Friend) will play Karl. Further casting will be announced soon, including Oxfordshire-based children who will alternate the role of Travis.

The full creative team areTinuke Craig (Director), Cécile Trémolières (Set Designer) Maybelle Laye (Costume Designer), Max Pappenheim (Composer & Sound Designer), Joshua Pharo (Lighting Designer), Sarita Piotrowski (Movement Director), Haruka Kuroda (Fight & Intimacy Director), Aundrea Fudge (Voice & Dialect Coach), Phillippe Cato (Associate Director), Ruta Irbite (Design Associate), Luke Haywood (Lighting Associate), Lotte Hines (Casting Director) and Joi Gresham (Literary Trustee).

A Black woman sat at a table holding a pen. She smiles, wearing glasses, a black jumper and blue jeans. She has short bobbed hair with dangly earrings showing.

Director of A Raisin in the Sun, Tinuke Craig

Credit: Helen Murray

Groundbreaking and challenging, Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun broke barriers as the first play by a Black woman on Broadway. This classic family drama full of humour and heart remains relevant and powerful in a world still divided by inequality.

In a rented apartment on Chicago’s South Side, the Younger family is full of hope, dreams, grief, and big plans. Their beloved father has died, and the money from his life insurance policy could change their lives. Mama wants to put down roots in a home of her own. Her daughter Beneatha has her heart set on becoming a doctor. But her son Walter Lee thinks the money is his to spend — and he’s willing to sacrifice his values and his family to get what he wants. Each must face what it means to escape the confines of a segregated society. How do you create a meaningful life in a world designed to keep you down?

Director Tinuke Craig said:

“It is a privilege to once again work alongside the creative powerhouse that is Headlong in their 50th year after collaborating on Jitney in 2021 whilst continuing my ongoing Artistic Associate role with Lyric Hammersmith Theatre. Now, the time is right to bring Lorraine Hansberry’s classic A Raisin in the Sun back to the stage in a relevant, fresh new production for today.”