Raisin Transfer Refused Permission???
Date: 7 August 2001
A possible West End transfer for the Young Vic's acclaimed production of A Raisin In the Sun may well be scuppered by an American producer. The show had been expected to transfer to the Albery on the back of its recent successful run, but producer David Binder has so far refused permission. Binder holds the main rights to any major production of the work, but is believed to feel that a West End stint could damage a future Broadway run. Quite why this is may be open to interpretation, but given the dearth of American tourists in London this summer Binder can hardly claim that ticket sales in New York would be adversely affected. A Raisin In the Sun was written by Lorraine Hansberry in 1959, and was the first play by a black woman to feature on Broadway. The Young Vic's recent version was directed by David Lan and starred Novella Nelson.
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