The production will play at the theatre from the 1st to the 26th October.
It has been announced that Matthew Iliffe’s production of The Niceties by Eleanor Burgess is set to star double Olivier award winner Janie Dee alongside Moronkẹ Akinola who makes her professional stage debut.
At an elite East Coast university, an ambitious young black student and her esteemed white professor meet to discuss a paper the college junior is writing about the American Revolution. They’re both liberal. They’re both women. They’re both brilliant. But very quickly, discussions of grammar and Google turn to race and reputation, and before they know it, they’re in dangerous territory neither of them had foreseen – and facing stunning implications that can’t be undone.
Talking about this European premiere, Janie Dee said: “When I read The Niceties, I felt a blast of fear go through me. It affected me and it left me thinking. Eleanor has written a fresh, intelligent play which captures the voice and tone of today’s university student and graduate generation so precisely. I have always wanted to work at the Finborough and I’m really excited to be bringing Eleanor’s incredible writing into an intimate space where there’s nowhere to hide.”
Moronkẹ Akinola plays Zoe. She trained at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. Theatre whilst training includes The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, Wonder Boy, The Dissociation of Shirley Mason, The Railway Children, The Mill on the Floss, 19th Floor, The Flora Sandes, Beowulf, Philistines, A View from the Bridge, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, The Importance of Being Earnest, Twelfth Night and Lungs.
Janie Dee plays Janine. Theatre includes Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (Ustinov Studio, Bath), Passion (Cantiere Internazionale d’Arte), Follies, Women of Troy, Johnny on a Spot, Carouselfor which she won the Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical (National Theatre), Moonlight, Night School (Harold Pinter Theatre) and Monogamy (Park Theatre).
As well as being directed by Matthew Iliffe, the production’s creative team includes set and costume design by Rachel Stone and lighting design by Lucía Sánchez Roldán.
The Niceties will play at the Finborough Theatre from the 1st to the 26th October.