The Hotel Cerise

The Hotel Cerise


 Michigan, USA. 2016.

As America's first black president ends his eight years in office - Anita Mountjoy risks losing her family's beloved hotel and cherry orchard, where Martin Luther King rested and Miles Davis played.  Are the family keepers of this proud history, or simply trapped by its ghosts?  Can 'the audacity of hope' survive?

Bonnie Greer's new play is set in and around the Hotel Cerise - a famous retreat for middle class black people during the time of segregation. It's a landmark and symbol - a place where Black America once felt welcome and safe...

'This elegant, timely play is superior work... wonderfully ambitious programming from Stratford East which deserves to fare very well'
Evening Standard

Suitable for ages 13+. Running time: 2 hours 15 minutes including an interval.

Signed: 11 Nov 7:30pm
Audio: 12 Nov 2:30pm
Captioned: 10 Nov 7:30pm

Book tickets here 

Why not check out the dates for our post show talks HERE

Check out our rehearsal pics here...

Thu 20 Oct

£2.50 Tickets
Available for Newham residents (proof of address required), subject to availability

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Creative & Cast

Writer Bonnie Greer
Director Femi Elufowoju, jr
Set Designer Ellen Cairns
Costume Designer – Jessica Curtis
Lighting Designer – Tim Lutkin
Sound Designer – Simon McCorry


El Anthony
El Anthony
plays Josiah Tripp. He recently trained at the Identity School of Acting and this marks his professional stage debut. His recent credits include feature film City of Tiny Lights

Madeline Appiah
Madeline Appiah
plays Chirlane Mountjoy Thimbutu. For theatre her credits include Here We Go and Welcome to Thebes (National Theatre), Iyalode of Eti (Utopia Theatre/ Rich Mix/ Arcola Theatre), In the Next Room or The Vibrator Play (St James Theatre), The Duchess of Malfi (Old Vic), Macbeth, The Merchant of Venice and The Taming of the Shrew (RSC), Off the Endz (Royal Court Theatre), Mother Goose (Greenwich Theatre), It Felt Empty When The Heart Went At First… (Arcola/ Clean Break) and Arabian Nights (New Vic). For television her credits include Partners in Crime and Gavin and Stacey; and for film, King for a Term, Boogie Down and Fallout

Michael Bertenshaw
Michael Bertenshaw plays Fielding. His theatre credits for Theatre Royal Stratford East include Robin Hood, Dick Wittington, Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Two Women, Aladdin, The Snow Queen, Jack and the Beanstalk and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Other theatre credits include The Merchant of Venice, The Taming of the Shrew, All’s Well That Ends Well, Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII Globe). For television his credits include The Crown, Silent Witness, Miliband, The Culshaw & Stephenson Show, Criminal Justice, Murderland, The Worst Christmas of My Life, Messiah III, William and Mary, The Brief and Foyle’s War; and for film, The Da Vinci Code, Flyboys, Bust, Another Life, Intimate Relations, Giving Tongue and Paper Mash

Nicholas Beveney
Nicholas Beveney
plays A.L (Augustus Leon Mountjoy). His theatre credits for Theatre Royal Stratford East include The Battle of Green Lanes. Other theatre credits include Macbeth (Theatre Clywd) Mogadishu (Lyric Hammersmith/Royal Exchange), Frontline, Bible Readings, Savage Sensuality (Shakespeare's Globe), Yours Abundantly (Oval House), Macbeth (Theatre Clwyd), A Midsummers Night's Dream (Oxford Stage Company) Blame (York Theatre), Sleeping Beauty (Young Vic), Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (Liverpool Playhouse), Bintou (Arcola Theatre), Silence (Birmingham Rep). For television his credits include Family Tree, New Tricks, No 1 Ladies Detective Agency, Waking The Dead, Funland, Hustle, Law & Order; Poppy Shakespeare, Skins, Murder Prevention, Sir Gadabout and Trial & Retribution; and for film, Hard Time Bus, The Patrol, Mr.Nobody, Swinging With The Finkels, Sahara, The Code, Spring Ritual, Blacklands, Dangerous Parking, Life in Lyrics, Sahara, The Fifth Element, Jack and The Beanstalk and Mr.Nobody.

Andrew Dennis
Andrew Dennis
plays Cornell Baxter. His theatre credits include Une Tempete (Gate Theatre), Bluebird (Royal Court Theatre), Timon of Athens (Royal Shakespeare Company), Tales from Ovid (Royal Shakespeare Company), Bouncers (Hull Truck Theatre Company), Bollocks (Royal Shakespeare Company), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Royal Shakespeare Company), Bouncers (National Tour), Wonderful Town (Grange Park Opera), Three Sisters (Birmingham Repertory Theatre), Don Quixote (West Yorkshire Playhouse), The Full Monty (Key Theatre), As You Like It (Leicester Curve), Katrina (Jericho House), Honk! (Royal and Derngate Theatre), Bleak House (new Victoria Theatre Newcastle), Of Mice and Men (Stageworks) and One Man Two Guvnors (National Theatre). Television credits include Down to Earth, Dream Team, My Hero, Red Capp, Surprising Stars and The Truth; and for film, Mothers and Daughters and Rhythm and Blue.

Abhin Galeya
Abhin Galeya plays Karim Hassan. Theatre credits include Category B (Tricycle Theatre), Seize the Day (Tricycle Theatre), Detaining Justice (Tricycle Theatre), The Container (Young Vic), The Hot Zone (BAC), East is East (New Vic), In a Caravan (BAC), Best of Motives (Tricycle Theatre), The Ramayana (Royal National Theatre). Television credits include Killing Jesus, Silent Witness, The Royals, Father Brown, Fresh Meat, Hustle, White Heat, 10 Days to War, Robin Hood, The Bill, Holby City, Life in the Underpass, Waking the Dead, Rome, MIT, Casualty, First Degree, Totally Frank, Final Demand, Judge John Deed, Bad Girls, Inspector Lynley Mysteries and Down to Earth. Film credits include Let Me Go, Exodus: Gods and Kings, Flim, Clean Skin, The Blue Tower and Wimbledon.

Lacharne Jolly
Lacharne Jolly
plays Charlotte. Her theatre credits include Catalysta (Oval House) and Indigo Blues (Hampstead Theatre). For television her credits include Out Of Control, Grange Hill, West 10 Ldn, and Holby City (as series regular Elizabeth).

Corey Montague-Sholay
Corey Montague-Sholay
plays T.K. He recently graduated from Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and this production marks his professional stage debut. 

Claire Prempeh
Claire Prempeh
plays Lorraine Mountjoy Sinclaire. For theatre her credits include A Streetcar Named Desire (Young Vic,  St. Anne’s Warehouse) Generations (Young Vic) Decade (Headlong), As You Like It (Rose Theatre Kingston), England People Very Nice (National Theatre), Saraya Dangana, Rhinoceros, The Arsonists and Drooping Palms (Royal Court Theatre), Ocean of Rain (Almeida Theatre), As You Like It (Watford Palace), Orestes (Shared Experience) and The Caucasian Chalk Circle (Masque Theatre); and for television Father Brown, Dead Boss, Identity, Holby City, Bill, Hollyoaks and Misfits.  

Alexis Rodney
Alexis Rodney
plays Toussaint. For theatre his credits include Three Sisters (National Theatre), The Shining (Royal Court Theatre), Every Coin and Joe Guy (Soho Theatre) and Natural Breaks & Rhythms (Nottingham Playhouse). For television his credits include Killing Jesus, 24:Live Another DayThe AssetsAll in the GameJudge John DeedMurder City and Storm Damage; and for film, Guardians of the GalaxyHaloStreet Fighter ResurrectionKick Ass 2Wild TargetBuffalo Soldiers and Life & LyricsThe Knot and Vendetta

Ellen Thomas
Ellen Thomas
plays Anita Lily Mountjoy Sinclaire Thimbutu. Theatre credits include Egusi Soup, Tiata Delights, Moon on a Rainbow Shawl (Almeida Theatre), Statement Of Regret, The American Clock and Fuente Ovejuna (National Theatre), The Estate (Soho Theatre), Vagina Monologues (national tour), Blest Be The Tie (Royal Court Theatre), Twelfth Night (Manchester Royal Exchange),  A Bitter Herb (Bristol Old Vic), The Amen Corner (Tricycle Theatre and Nottingham Playhouse), Sisters (Riverside Theatre), Criminals in Love (Contact Theatre), Leonara’s Dance (Black Theatre Co-operative), Echo in the Bone (The Lyric Hammersmith), Twelfth Night (Birmingham Rep). Television credits include Claudette Hubbard in EastEnders, two series in Mountpleasant, three series in Rev, Teachers, Lenny Henry In Pieces and his Christmas Special, Cardiac Arrest, London Bridge, Holding On, The Jury, Buried Treasure, Critical, Humans, Come Fly With Me,  Coming Of Age, Moses Jones, New Tricks,  Outnumbered, Losing It , Trial and Retribution, The Marshioness Disaster, William & Mary, Hidden City, Never Never, Active Defence, Where There’s Smoke  and Ultraviolet, . Film credits include Golden Years, Love Punch, It’s a Lot, Ashes, Ryan and Ronnie, Clubbed, Breaking and Entering, Risk Addiction, South West Nine, Wonderland, Some Voices and Secret Laughter of Women.

Angela Wynter
Angela Wynter
plays Jackie / Woman passerby. Her most recent stage credits include Boi Boi is Dead (West Yorkshire Playhouse), A Wolf in Snakeskin Shoes (Tricycle Theatre) and A Raisin in the Sun (Eclipse and Sheffield Crucible Theatre), Simply Heavenly (Young Vic), One Love (Talawa Theatre), A Christmas Carol (Birmingham Rep) and The Lion King (Lyceum Theatre). For television her credits include Yolande in EastEnders, No Problem and Death in Paradise; and for film, Burning an Illusion and Elphida.

Access Performances

Signed: 11 Nov 7:30pm
Audio: 12 Nov 2:30pm
Captioned: 10 Nov 7:30pm


We are thrilled that Writer Bonnie Greer will discuss the play and answer your questions on stage after two performances of The Hotel Cerise. These discussions are after the performances listed below, and are free to those with a ticket for these specific performances.

Thursday 27 October 7.30pm

Thursday 3 November 2.30pm

Audience Reviews

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