Pandora Colin, Ben Cura, Tory Kittles and Emma Paetz will make their Chichester debuts in Nicholas Wright’s new play 8 Hotels, which Richard Eyre directs at the Minerva from 1 – 24 August.
8 Hotels is based on true events involving some of the twentieth century’s most influential American artists. It’s 1944, and celebrated actor, singer and political campaigner Paul Robeson – forever associated with ‘Ol’ Man River’ – is touring America as the eponymous hero in Shakespeare’s Othello. His Desdemona is the brilliant young actress Uta Hagen. Her husband, the Broadway star José Ferrer, plays Iago. As the tour goes on, the boundaries between the onstage passions and their offstage lives begin to blur.
Pandora Colin plays Othello’s director, Margaret Webster. Her stage credits include Our Town (Regent’s Park) and After the Dance (National Theatre), while film and TV include The Lady in the Van and Delicious.
Ben Cura plays José Ferrer; his screen work includes The Royals, Marcella, Gatecrash and The Rook.
US actor Tory Kittles makes his UK theatre debut as Paul Robeson. His screen work includes the US TV series Colony and True Detective, and the feature films Dragged Across Concrete and the forthcoming Harriet. On stage, he recently played Bolingbroke in Richard II at The Old Globe, San Diego.
Emma Paetz plays Uta Hagen. Her television credits include Gentleman Jack, Press and the forthcoming Pennyworth.