Martin Freeman, best known for TV roles in The Office and more recently Sherlock, celebrated his return to the Royal Court last night (2 September 2010, previews from 26 August) in Bruce Norris' satirical new play Clybourne Park.

Freeman, who was last at the Court in 2002 when he starred in Kosher Harry, is joined in Dominic Cooke's production by Lorna Brown, Sarah Goldberg, Lucian Msamati, Steffan Rhodri, Sam Spruell, Michael Goldsmith and Sophie Thompson.

They were joined at the party afterwards by a plethora of fellow actors including Ray Fearon, Lenny Henry, Sara Stewart, Nigel Lindsay, Jason Maza, Kenneth Cranham, Christian Camargo, Juliet Rylance, Carol Starks, Tanya Moodie and Jenny Jules.

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Clybourne Park, which premiered at Playwrights Horizons in New York back in February, marks a reunion for Norris and Cooke, who collaborated on The Pain and the Itch at the Royal Court in 2007.

The play opens in 1959, as Russ and Bev are selling their desirable two-bed at a knock-down price. This enables the first black family to move into the neighbourhood, creating ripples of discontent amongst the cosy white urbanites of Clybourne Park.