The production will run at The Playground Theatre from the 25th February.

It has been announced that Brian Cox is set to direct the UK premiere of Joshua Sobol’s play at The Playground Theatre from the 25th February.

Sinners is a passionate love story about Layla, who is denounced for an affair with her student, Nur, and is awaiting to be stoned to death for adultery. The play examines both Layla’s and Nur’s choices for love and survival and the striving for freedom in a patriarchal culture. Nur can save his own life by throwing the first stone. What choice will he make?

The production is set to star Nicole Ansari as Layla. Her previous stage credits include: Rock ‘n’ Roll (Royal Court Theatre/Duke of York’s Theatre/Bernard B. Jacobs Theater), When My Mama was a Hittite (Park Theatre), Daybreak (Beckett Theater) and  I am Antigone (Theater for the New City).

She is joined by Adam Sina as Nur. His theatre credits include When My Mama was a Hittite (Park Theatre), Mercy (Clapham Fringe Festival), The Shawshank RedemptionBilly Liar (UK tours), War Horse (New London Theatre), Rutherford and Sons (Northern Stage).

Brian Cox is a multi-award winning actor whose stage credits include Titus Andronicus (RSC – Oliver Award for Actor of the Year in a Revival), King LearRichard III (National Theatre), Rock ‘n’ Roll (Duke of York’s Theatre/Bernard B. Jacobs Theater), Strange Interlude (Nederlander Theatre) and Art (Royale Theater). His credits as a director include: The Crucible (Moscow Art Academic Theatre) and Richard III (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre.

Joshua Sobol’s is a novelist and playwright, whose numerous credits include: Alice and MartinBereavedRedundant PeopleThe Marx BanquetGhetto – which won Evening Standard Award for Best Play and Critics’ Circle Award for Best Play, Silence and the forthcoming world première The Eternal Stranger

Sinners will play at The Playground Theatre from the 25th February until the 14th March.