Promo. Two Trains Running. (tour) Derby Theatre. 22-26 October.

An English Touring Theatre and Royal & Derngate, Northampton co-production

TWO TRAINS RUNNING by August Wilson directed by Nancy Medina

Derby Theatre Tuesday 22 – Saturday 26 October 2019

“Beautifully acted and stirringly intense” The Times

Prize-winning 20th century American classic comes to Derby Theatre


Derby Theatre is thrilled to present the English Touring Theatre and Royal & Derngate Northampton co production of August Wilson’s classic play Two Trains Running, which runs from Tuesday 22 – Saturday 26 October 2019.

There’s a controversial new president in the White House, and racial tensions are on the rise.

It is Pittsburgh, 1969, and the regulars of Memphis Lee’s restaurant are struggling to cope with the turbulence of a rapidly changing world. The diner is in threat of being torn down, a casualty of the city’s renovation project that is sweeping away the buildings of a community, but not its spirit.

Set in the aftermath of the assassinations of Martin Luther King and Malcolm X, the play highlights the impact of society’s broken promises on the hopes and dreams of its characters.

The iconic American playwright August Wilson paints a vivid portrait of everyday lives in this defining moment of American history. When Two Trains Running opened on Broadway in 1992, its legendary premiere won TONY and Drama Desk Awards. Directed by the 2018 winner of the RTST Sir Peter Hall Director Award, Nancy Medina, this major revival will introduce this Pulitzer Prize shortlisted modern classic to UK-wide audiences for the first time.

The cast for Two Trains Running includes: Geoff Aymer; Emmet Brown; Derek Ezenagu; Andrew French; Leon Herbert; Michael Salami; and Anita-Joy Uwajeh.

Nancy Medina was the 2018 winner of the RTST Sir Peter Hall Director Award and the 2017 Genesis Future Director Award winner for the Young Vic. She is an acting tutor at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and Course Leader for a post-16 Professional Acting Diploma at Boomsatsuma. Her Directing credits include Collective Rage: A Play in 5 Betties (Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama), When They Go Low (NT Connections/Sherman Theatre), Yellowman (Young Vic), Curried Goat and Fish Fingers (Bristol Old Vic), Dogtag (Theatre West), Strawberry & Chocolate (Tobacco Factory Theatres), Dutchman (Tobacco Factory Theatres), Persistence of Memory (Rondo Theatre) and the forthcoming Half a God of Rainfall at Kiln Theatre. Tickets: From £15 – £30

For more information and to book tickets, call the Box Office on 01332 593939 or book online at

Derby Theatre Friends – 50% off tickets on Tuesday 22 October, 7.30pm (£5 off other performances)

ACCESSIBLE PERFORMANCES Captioned performance – Thursday 24 October 7.30pm Touch Tour of set – Saturday 26 October at 1.15pm Audio Described performance – Saturday 26 October at 2.30pm

Recommended for ages 11+, at parents’ discretion. Contains some strong language and some sexual content.


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