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Josie Lawrence to star in Mother Courage and her Children

The new production opens at Southwark Playhouse in November.

Josie Lawrence
Credit: Scott Rylander

Award-winning actress Josie Lawrence will take the lead role in a new production of Mother Courage and her Children.

Written by Bertolt Brecht, the play has been translated by Pulitzer Prize-winning Tony Kushner. Mother Courage and her Children will run from 2nd November to 9th December 2017 at Southwark Playhouse.

Josie said: “I first read Mother Courage when I was an 18-year-old drama student and immediately fell in love with the play. Now I feel ready to play her. It’s a major tick on my theatrical bucket list.”

In a land ravaged by war, Mother Courage pulls her cart with her three children in the wake of the army, trading with soldiers and attempting to make profit from the war. Widely considered to be one of the greatest plays of the 20th century, Mother Courage And Her Children has been described as the greatest anti-war play of all time. It remains a timely exploration of displacement, war weariness and invisible enemies. It mirrored then, as it does now, the growing fear at the ever-advancing threat of terror infiltrating our everyday lives and our desire to protect ourselves and what is ours at any cost.

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Mother Courage And Her Children is directed by Hannah Chissick and is produced by Danielle Tarento.

Further casting is to be announced in the coming weeks.


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