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Two Trains Running

By August Wilson

‘he richness of Wilson’s characters make them a joy to watch.  This is a superbly acted production by Nancy Medina’ The Guardian
‘Beautifully acted and stirringly intense’ The Times
‘Nancy Medina works magic and the excellent ensemble deliver Wilson’s characters with respect and dignity’ The Stage

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.

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 it’s 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.

Two Trains Running takes place in Memphis Lee’s café, in Pittsburgh, in 1969.
Running time: approximately 2 hours 55 minutes (including interval)


An  English Touring Theatre and Royal  an d Derngate, Northampton co-production supported by the Royal Theatrical Support Trust


Royal & Derngate, Northampton

31 Aug - 14 Sep 2019

Nuffield Theatre, Southampton

17 - 21 Sep 2019

Oxford Playhouse

24 - 28 Sep 2019

Cast, Doncaster

1 - 5 Oct 2019

New Wolsey Theatre

8 - 12 Oct 2019

Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

15 - 19 Oct 2019

Derby Theatre

22 - 26 Oct 2019

Rehearsal Gallery


Creative Team

Written by

August Wilson


Nancy Medina


Frankie Bradshaw

Lighting Designer

Amy Mae

Movement Director

Rachael Nanyonjo

Sound Designer

Ed Lewis

Associate Sound Designer

Andy Cox

Dialect Coach

Joel Trill

Casting Director

Polly Jerrold

Assistant Director

Sara Aniqah Malik



Geoff Aymer


Ray Emmet Brown


Derek Ezenagu


Andrew French


Leon Herbert


Michael Salami


Anita-Joy Uwajeh


Two Trains Running – Black History Month celebration

CAST in Doncaster 5 Oct 2019 More info →

Two Trains Running Pre-Show Talk at Derby Theatre

Derby 22 Oct 2019 - 22 Oct 2020 More info →