Lucy Kirkwood’s smash-hit new play Chimerica transfers to the West End after a hugely successful season at the Almeida Theatre. Set in Beijing in 1989, the story follows a young photographer who captures one of history’s most memorable moments. Beginning a journey across China and America, Chimerica examines the changing fortunes of the countries that have both shaped the world’s future.
Set in Tiananmen Square in 1989, the story begins when Joe, a young American photo-journalist, takes one of the most memorable pictures in history – an unknown man in front of one of the tanks at the protests in Beijing. Fast-forwarding to 2012, Joe finds a cryptic message in a Beijing newspaper which propels him to look for the unknown soul he captured on film. Could he still be alive? And where is he? Soon, Joe becomes obsessed with finding the unnamed man and begins a thrilling journey across the continents.
Stephen Campbell Moore (Hunted, The History Boys) stars as Joe, alongside Claudie Blakley (Larkrise to Candleford) as Tess. Further cast members include Benedict Wong as Zhang Lin, Elizabeth Chan as Liuli, Vera Chok as Michelle, Karl Collins as David, Trevor Cooper as Frank, Nancy Crane as Doreen, Sean Gilder as Mel, Sarah Lam as Feng Meihui and Andrew Leung as Young Lin.
Directed by Lyndsey Turner, Chimerica features a rotating set design by Es Devlin, as well as lighting design by Tim Lutkin, sound design by Carolyn Downing, video design by Fran Ross, costume by Christina Cunningham and movement by Georgina Lamb. A touching tale about idealism, obsessions and love, Chimerica is the profoundly moving depiction of human nature which has captured the hearts of London audiences. Playing at the Harold Pinter Theatre until October 19th, Chimerica runs for a strictly limited season.
Sorry this show closed 16 October 2013, we recommend these similar productions.