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Tinuke Craig on capitalist families, panto and The Color Purple casting row

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The fast-rising director talks about staging Maxim Gorky’s Vassa with a last-minute lead, her passion for musicals and the joy of brain-digging in rehearsals When I meet the director Tinuke Craig she’s just finished the final run in the rehearsal room for Mike Bartlett’s version of Vassa by Maxim Gorky. Now it’s time to take it to the Almeida in London, a bit later than planned, with a couple of previews cancelled. Lead actor Samantha Bond has had to withdraw due to injury and her replacement is Siobhan Redmond. Craig is upbeat despite these difficulties. “She’s played a blinder, learned lines at the speed of light, been extraordinary!” This isn’t the first time the director has dealt with cast changes. This year, her production of The Color Purple at Leicester Curve hit the news when actor Seyi Omooba was
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