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August Wilson's Two Trains Running to be directed by RTST award winner Nancy Medina

The piece is co-produced by Royal and Derngate Northampton and English Touring Theatre

Richard Twyman of English Touring Theatre, Nancy Medina and James Dacre of Royal and Derngate

The RTST Sir Peter Hall Director Award-winner Nancy Medina will direct August Wilson's Pulitzer-nominated play Two Trains Running in a new production next autumn.

Medina, who was given the RTST award this weekend, will oversee the show when it opens next autumn in Northampton at the Royal and Derngate theatres. It will be co-produced by Royal and Derngate and the English Touring Theatre.

Wilson's piece is set in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania and explores changing perspectives on race. It ran on Broadway in 1992 and was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Play (star Laurence Fishburne won a Tony Award for his performance in the piece) and a Pulitzer Prize for Drama, while a 2007 production won the Lucille Lortel Award for Best Revival.

Medina, who was selected from more than 70 candidates said: "I am thrilled to be directing August Wilson's Two Trains Running for Royal and Derngate and ETT. It is about time that Wilson's beautiful and poetic characters gain a wider audience across the UK."

In 2017 she won the Genesis Future Director Award for the Young Vic. Full dates, casting and the creative team for Two Trains Running are to be announced.

Previous winners of the award include Chelsea Walker and Kate Hewitt, awarded on an annual basis.

After opening in Northampton on 31 August (where it runs from 14 September), the piece will tour to Southampton (17 to 21 September), Oxford (24 to 28 September), Doncaster (1 to 5 October), Ipswich (8 to 12 October), Guildford (15 to 19 October) and Derby (22 to 27 Derby).