Room set for stage debut

Theatre Royal Stratford East and Abbey Theatre Dublin have announced the full cast for the world premiere of the adaptation of Emma Donoghue’s bestselling novel Room.

Previously adapted by Donoghue for the screen, the story now comes to the stage featuring songs by Scottish songwriter Kathryn Joseph and director Cora Bissett.

Opening on May 10 in Stratford, London, the production will run until June 3.

Kidnapped as a teenage girl, Ma has been locked inside a purpose-built room in her captor’s garden for seven years.

Her five-year-old son Jack has no concept of the world outside and happily exists inside Room with the help of Ma’s games and his imagination where objects such as Rug, Lamp and TV are his only friends.

But the time has come to escape and face their biggest challenge to date: the world outside Room.

Witney White plays the role of Ma and Liam McKenna is Old Nick; while Lucy Tregear is Grandma and Stephen Casey plays Grandpa/Doctor.

Fela Lufadeju is Big Jack and the role of Little Jack will be shared by Darmani Eboji, Taye Kassim Junaid-Evans and Harrison Wilding.