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Two Trains Running

17 September, 2019 - 21 September, 2019

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

  • wheelchair access
  • hearing enhancement
  • assistance dogs

An English Touring Theatre and Royal & Derngate Northampton Co-production

Two Trains Running

17 - 21 September 2019 at NST City


Captioned performance: Wed 18 Sep 7.30pm

Audio described performance: Sat 21 Sep 2.30pm

See what audiences are saying


'The richness of Wilson’s characters make them a joy to watch.’

The Guardian Michael Billington



'beautifully realised'

The Stage



'beautifully acted and stirringly intense'

The Times

It is Pittsburgh 1969 and racial tensions are on the rise. 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, its legendary première 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.


Supported by a grant from The Royal Theatrical Support Trust.

August Wilson (1945–2005) was an American playwright. He won a Pulitzer Prize and a Tony Award for his play Fences and earned a second Pulitzer Prize for The Piano Lesson. His other notable works include Seven Guitars, Gem of the Ocean, Jitney and Ma Rainey's Black Bottom


Extra events during performance week:

  • Tue 17 Sep: FREE pre-show talk 6.30pm with Assistant Director and English Touring Theatre’s Producer (Rehearsal Room) BOOK NOW
  • Wed 18 Sep: FREE post show panel/Q&A with members of the cast and guests
  • Wed 18 Sep: captioned performance
  • Fri 20 Sep: FREE after show Motown/jazz music in the café/bar with Izzii Moulsdale. The wonderful voice of Izzii will simply blow you away. For her young years she has an impressive CV of performances under her belt. In terms of Southampton, she's sung at the Guildhall, The Concorde, The Brook and many more venues and gigs around the UK. She could literally sing the phone book and it would sound like a hit record. But you can expect to hear soulful jazzy set of songs from Izzii and her guitarist. 
  • Sat 21 Sep: Audio Described performance 2.30pm
  • Soul food specials on the menu in the week of the show

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.

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Recommended age: 12 +

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