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Clybourne Park

Clybourne Park

By Bruce Norris
Imprint: Nick Hern Books
Paperback : 9781848421783, 128 pages, January 2011


An acerbically brilliant satire that explores the fault line between race and property. 

In 1959, Russ and Bev are selling their desirable two-bed for a knock-down price, enabling the first black family to move into the neighbourhood and alarming the cosy white urbanites of Clybourne Park, Chicago.

In 2009 the same property is being bought by Lindsey and Steve, a young white couple, whose plan to raze the house and start again is met with a similar response. As the arguments rage and tensions rise, ghosts and racial resentments are once more uncovered...

Bruce Norris's play Clybourne Park was first performed at Playwrights Horizons, New York City, in February 2010. The play received its European premiere at the Royal Court Theatre, London, in September 2010, transferring to Wyndham's Theatre in the West End in February 2011.

The play received numerous awards, including the London Evening Standard Award for Best Play, the Critics Circle Award for Best New Play, the Olivier Award for Best New Play, the Tony Award for Best Play and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.


'Outrageously funny and squirm-inducing'

- Independent

'The funniest play of the year'

- Evening Standard

'Stunningly well written'


'Amazing mixture of edgy humour and deeper feeling'

- Telegraph


- The Times

'Will make you cringe horribly even as you're cracking up with laughter'

- Time Out