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The Wife of Willesden at the Kiln Theatre – in rehearsals

The show opens next month

Clare Perkins, Crystal Condie, Hussina Raja
© Marc Brenner

Rehearsal photos have been released for Zadie Smith's debut play The Wife of Willesden, which has its world premiere at the Kiln Theatre.

The piece is adapted from Chaucer's The Wife of Bath, reimagined with a modern context. It will see the much-loved venue transformed into the Sir Colin Campbell pub, with pub tables available for punters. It will open in previews on 11 November.

Joining Clare Perkins (in the titular role) will be Marcus Adolphy (Winston/Mandela/Black Jesus), Jessica Clark (Polly/Sophie), Crystal Condie (Author/Zaire/Queen Nanny), George Eggay (Pastor/Eldridge), Andrew Frame (Ian/Socrates/Bartosz), Scott Miller (Ryan), Hussina Raja (Asma), Theo Solomon (Darren/Young Maroon/Colin) and Ellen Thomas (Aunty P/Old Wife).

Andrew Frame, Hussina Raja, George Eggay
© Marc Brenner

Directed by Indhu Rubasingham, the piece features design by Robert Jones, lighting design by Guy Hoare, composition and sound design by Ben and Max Ringham, associate costume design by Kinnetia Isidore, casting by Julia Horan CDG, movement direction by Celise Hicks, fight direction by Kev McCurdy, dialect and voice coach Hazel Holder and associate direction by Hannah Hauer-King.

Clare Perkins, George Eggay, Jessica Clark, Ellen Thomas, Hussina Raja, Crystal Condie
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Clare Perkins, Scott Miller
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Ellen Thomas
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Full cast, plus associate director Hannah Hauer-King
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Hussina Raja, Clare Perkins, Crystal Condi
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Hussina Raja, George Eggay
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Indhu Rubasingham and Zadie Smith
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Marcus Adolphy
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Scott Miller, Jessica Clark
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Scott Miller, Marus Adolphy, Ellen Thomas, Hussina Raja, Crystal Condie, Andrew Frame, Geogre Eggay, Clare Perkins
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Scott Miller, Theo Solomon, Andrew Frame
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Theo Solomon, Andrew Frame, George Eggay, Hussina Raja
© Marc Brenner
Theo Solomon, George Eggay, Hussina Raja, Ellen Thomas, Jessica Clark
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Zadie Smith
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