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Fences at the Duchess Theatre

US playwright August Wilson wrote this fabulous play back in 1983 and it’s as relevant as ever, one of the 20th century’s greatest American dramas. It stars the character Troy Maxson, once a gifted athlete who was denied big time fame and fortune. These days he struggles to keep heart and soul together in Pittsburgh, resentful and angry. This is really powerful stuff!

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Fences Reviews

Lenny Henry joins the ranks of the great stage actors...magnificent. Tanya Moodie...marvellous. Terrific support from Peter Bankole and Colin McFarlane - The Times good a play as you will find in twentieth century American drama. Lenny Henry...seriously good - Daily Mail
The cast is uniformly excellent. Lenny Henry is simply remarkable - The Daily Telegraph

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how life has changed! by Rita

Excellent acting but you have to listen very carefully and tune in to the accent . ALL THE dialogue is important to what the play is about so tuning in is important

Emotional by Jill

Really enjoyed the show - after aclimatising the the 'deep south' accents. Very emotional climax to the play which was admirably portrayed by all the actors.


The actor who played Corey was very wooden. The final scene was dreadful and ruined the play.

Powerful Drama by Helen

Fantastic performances from ALL the cast...............raw and emotional. Definitely take some hankies

by Helen

I was extremely sceptical about the show before I went. It was a little difficult to start with - only the first 10 mins - to get into. But Lenny Henry and the his theatrical wife and best friend were brilliant. I loved it. The story was moving and thought provoking. It showed both sides of a family who have difficulty in relating. The strength of each character and the way they see things. I loved it!

Light hearted in places with a serious message. One for people who care by Chloe

Small theatre so you feel the intimacy. The first half has you laughing and bimbling along with the storyline. the second half takes you through laughter to lumps in your throat. Excellently executed play that makes you question how far have things really moved on. Cannot recommend the play and cast highly enough

Oedipus in Philadelphia by Richard

Lenny Henry nailed the part of Troy and Bono was equally well portrayed. Rose's enunciation was somewhat more refined than suited her character, and Gabriel was not nearly "damaged" enough for the assigned role. Overall, though, the performances did August Wilson good justice.

Go to watch Fences, you will not be disappointed. by Dee

Enjoyable show, great acting, a must see

Lenny the Actor by Winnie

I thoroughly enjoyed the show. It's good to see Lenny in a serious role (as opposed to comedy) although he lost the 'accent' at times. A very good performance by all.

Good show shame about the booking fee. by Colin

Disappointingly small audience for a Saturday evening but an excellent performance none-the-less. Also, if I'd realised that the booking fee was £14.50 PER SEAT I would definitely not have bought tickets.

Very entertaining, yet moving. by Anne

Although I think it would appeal to families, I do NOT think children under 12 should see it as there are some pretty explicit sexual gestures. I thought the plot was clear and the acting was fantastic, especially Lenny Henry, Colin McFarlane and Tanya Moodie. Very clearly spoken and every word could be understood, despite the Southern USA drawl. The historic detail was very clear, even though it was very amusing. The only complaint was that my seat had lost all its stuffing and I was bruised by the bar of wood across my posteria. It still hurts 24 hours later!


this is a very poignent play which is superbly acted

by marie

We enjoyed the show. The first few minutes were a bit difficult to understand the accents but once we were more tuned in it was fine. Lenny Henry was great!

Fences. ...brilliantly executed. by Sharlene

Throughly enjoyed the play. You identified with all the characters so well. Henry was great his personality shining through his performance but all the cast did very well. Would see it again.

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