Latest News from Nuffield Southampton Theatres: August Wilson’s vivid and uplifting play comes to Southampton!

September 12, 2019

Two Trains Running, a lyrical and moving portrayal of racial tensions in 1969 America, is coming to NST City 17 – 21 September.

Following on from the success of A Streetcar Names Desire, Two Trains Runningbuilds on Nuffield Southampton Theatre’s ongoing work with the Royal Theatrical Support Trust.

Two Trains Running is set in Pittsburgh, 1969, and the regulars of Memphis Lee’s restaurant are struggling to cope with the turbulence of a world that is changing rapidly around them. The diner is scheduled to be torn down, a casualty of the city’s renovation project that is sweeping away the buildings of a community, but not its spirit.

With compassion and humour, the master American playwright August Wilson paints a vivid portrait of everyday lives in the shadow of this defining moment in American history. When Two Trains Running premiered on Broadway in 1992, its production won TONY, Drama Desk and Lucille Lortel awards and was shortlisted for the 1992 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

2018 Winner and Director of Two Trains RunningNancy Medina said:

“I feel privileged and ecstatic to have been named the RTST’s Sir Peter Hall Director Award Winner for 2018.  To get to the next step in my career, through the generous help of RTST, Royal & Derngate, and English Touring Theatre, is truly a dream come true. I cannot thank the RTST panel enough for making the process feel supportive and nurturing. I am thrilled to be directing August Wilson’s Two Trains Running for Royal & Derngate and ETT. It is about time that Wilson’s beautiful and poetic characters gain a wider audience across the UK.”

During the weeklong run at the Nuffield Southampton there will be a programme of additional activity starting with a Free pre-show talk on Tuesday 17 September. On Wednesday 18 September there will be a captioned performance, and a post-show panel including a Q&A with members of the cast. Throughout the week there will be a range of soul food available from Tyrrells Café Bar and after the show on Friday 20 September the bar will be full of the music of Izzii Moulsdale and guitarist (image attached and copy below). The week is rounded off with an Audio Described performance at the 2.30pm matinee on Saturday 21st September.

Tickets are available from the Box Office 023 8067 1771 or online at