By Caryl Churchill
Directed By Thea Sharrock
Set in colonial Africa and modern-day Britain, Caryl Churchill's landmark play Cloud Nine is about relationships – between women and men, men and men, women and women. It is about sex, work, mothers, Africa, power, children, grandmothers, politics, money, Queen Victoria and sex.
Thea Sharrock directs Cloud Nine. She has most recently directed Peter Shaffer's Equus at the Gielgud Theatre. Her other theatre credits include A Voyage Round My Father which transferred from the Donmar Warehouse to Wyndham's Theatre and Heroes also at Wyndham's Theatre, as well as Private Lives, Don Juan and Blithe Spirit for Bath Theatre Royal and Tejas Verdes for The Gate where she was Artistic Director.
Thea Sharrock previously directed Caryl Churchill's Top Girls at Battersea Arts Centre as the recipient of the James Menzies-Kitchin Memorial Trust's Young Director of the Year Award 2000.
Multi award-winning Caryl Churchill wrote her first stage play, Owners, in 1972. For the Royal Court, where she was Resident Dramatist, her many plays include Drunk Enough to Say I Love You?, A Number, Far Away, Serious Money, Blue Heart, This is a Chair and Top Girls. Her other plays include Fen, A Mouthful of Birds, A Dream Play and The Skriker. Churchill has also written for television and radio.
James Fleet has recently played MEP Philip Wardrobe in Richard Bean's political farce In The Club at Hampstead Theatre. His other theatre credits include Habeas Corpus for Theatre Royal Bath, Mary Stuart for the Donmar Warehouse, Three Sisters for the Playhouse Theatre, Art for Wyndhams' Theatre and many productions for the Royal Shakespeare Company including The Taming of the Shrew, Volpone, A Midsummer Night's Dream and Peter Pan.
His many television credits include Hugo in the BBC's hit comedy The Vicar of Dibley, Midsomer Murders, Sea of Souls, Monarch of the Glen and Brotherly Love.
His film credits include A Cock and Bull Story, The Phantom of the Opera, Charlotte Gray, Sense and Sensibility and Four Wedding and a Funeral.
Director Thea Sharrock
Designer Peter McKintosh
Lighting Peter Mumford
Sound Gregory Clarke
Music Stephen Warbeck
Choreography Scarlett Mackmin