Casting Announced For UK Tour of How The Other Half Loves

CASTING ANNOUNCED FOR

 

HOW THE OTHER HALF LOVES

 

CAROLINE LANGRISHE & ROBERT DAWS

CHARLIE BROOKS & LEON OCKENDEN

MATTHEW COTTLE & SARA CROWE

      

        DIRECTED BY ALAN STRACHAN

 

One secret love affair. Two disaster-bound dinner parties.

Three couples headed for trouble.

 

Direct from a highly celebrated extended season in London’s West End, casting has been announced for Bill Kenwright’s production of Alan Ayckbourn’s farcical tale of matrimonial mishaps, How the Other Half Loves as it gets set thrill audiences across the UK this autumn. The 1969 classic and the first of Ayckbourn’s plays to be staged on Broadway, will open at Theatre Royal Windsor on Wednesday 30th August, continuing to Salford, Glasgow, Malvern, Bath, York, Richmond, Guildford, Cheltenham, Brighton and Norwich.

 

The star cast includes leading stage and TV actor ROBERT DAWS as ‘Frank Foster’, best known for the hit series’ The Royal, Outside Edge and Roger Roger opposite CAROLINE LANGRISHE as ‘Fiona Foster’ who starred in Lovejoy, Holby City and Judge John Deed.

CHARLIE BROOKS, much-loved for her portrayal of EastEnders’ Janine Butcher performs as ‘Teresa Philips’ with LEON OCKENDEN, best-known for his role as Coronation Street’s Will Chatterton as ‘Bob Philips’.

Completing the couples are MATTHEW COTTLE who reprises his critically acclaimed West End performance as William Featherstone, best known for the BAFTA-nominated Game On. Alongside him will be SARA CROWE as ‘Mary Featherstone’, who’s West End credits include Alan Ayckbourn’s Absurd Person Singularand The Constant Wife but perhaps is best known for her role in the popular film Four Weddings and a Funeral.

As Bob and Fiona clumsily try to cover up their affair, their spouses’ intervention only adds to the confusion. William and Mary Featherstone become stuck in the middle, falsely accused of adultery and with no idea as to how they’ve become involved. The plot culminates in two disastrous dinner parties on successive nights, shown at the same time, after which the futures of all three couples seem in jeopardy…

 

At turns heart-wrenching and hilarious, Ayckbourn’s tale of social graces and personal misunderstanding remains one of the celebrated writer’s most famous comedies.

 

An extraordinary success on opening in the West End in 1970 at the Lyric Theatre, How the Other Half Loves ran for a staggering 869 performances, delighting critics and audiences alike. Fondly loved and considered one of Ayckbourn’s most popular plays; How the Other Half Loves received its first major West End revival in 2016, where it once again thrilled audiences. Originally opening at the Theatre Royal Haymarket followed by an extended run at the Duke of York’s, it will now be delighting audiences across the UK.

2017 marks Alan Ayckbourn’s 56th year as a theatre director and his 58th as a playwright. To date he has written 80 plays and his work has been translated into over 35 languages. He became the first British playwright to receive both Olivier and Tony Special Lifetime Achievement Awards and was knighted in 1997 for services to theatre.

Major successes include: Relatively Speaking, Absurd Person Singular, Bedroom Farce, A Chorus of Disapproval and The Norman Conquests. In the past four years, there have been revivals of Season’s Greetings and A Small Family Business at the National Theatre and in the West End productions of Absent Friends, A Chorus of Disapproval and Relatively Speaking.

How the Other Half Loves is directed by theatre director and biographer Alan Strachan. Alan has directed plays in New York, Copenhagen and Amsterdam, but the majority of his work has been in London. He was Artistic Director of the Greenwich Theatre in London for over a decade, and has worked with, amongst others, Sir Michael Redgrave, Dame Penelope Keith, Maureen Lipman CBE, Sir Michael Gambon and Sir Alec Guinness. He came to early prominence as Alan Ayckbourn’s chosen director, and he has been involved with Ayckbourn’s theatre at Scarborough for many years.

 

BILL KENWRIGHT PRESENTS

HOW THE OTHER HALF LOVES

Written by ALAN AYCKBOURN

Set and Costumes by JULIE GODFREY

Lighting design by JASON TAYLOR

Sound design by DAN SAMSON

Directed by ALAN STRACHAN

LISTINGS INFORMATION

 

HOW THE OTHER HALF LOVES – UK AUTUMN TOUR 2017

 

Wednesday 30 August – Saturday 9 September

Box Office: 01753 853 888

Theatre Royal, Windsor 

Website: www.theatreroyalwindsor.co.uk

 

Monday 11 – Saturday 16 September

Box Office: 0843 208 6000

Salford, The Lowry  

Website: www.thelowry.com

 

Monday 18 – Saturday 23 September

Box Office:  0844 871 7647

Theatre Royal, Glasgow 

Website: www.atgtickets.com/glasgow

 

Monday 25 – Saturday 30 September

Box Office:  01684 892 277

Malvern Theatre                                                                             

Website:  www.malvern-theatres.co.uk

 

Monday 2 – Saturday 7 October                                               

Box Office: 01225 448 844                            

Theatre Royal, Bath                                                                       

Website: www.theatreroyal.org.uk

Monday 9 – Saturday 14 October

Box Office: 0844 871 3024

Grand Opera House, York 

Website: www.atgtickets.com/richmond

Monday 16 – Saturday 21 October

Box Office: 0844 871 7651

Richmond Theatre, Richmond  

Website: www.atgtickets.com/richmond

Monday 23 – Saturday 28 October

Box Office: 01483 44 0000

Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

Website: www.yvonne-arnaud.co.uk

Monday 6 – Saturday 11 November

Box Office: 01242 572573

Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham 

Website: www.everymantheatre.org.uk

Monday 20 – Saturday 25 November                                     

Box Office: 0844 871 7650

Theatre Royal, Brighton                                                               

Website: www.atgtickets.com/brighton

 

Monday 27 November – Saturday 2 December

Box Office:  01603 630000

Theatre Royal, Norwich       

Website: www.theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk

Casting Announced for NATIVITY! THE MUSICAL

CASTING ANNOUNCED FOR THE

WORLD PREMIERE OF

BIRMINGHAM REPERTORY THEATRE’S PRODUCTION OF

DANIEL BOYS TO PLAY ‘PAUL MADDENS’, SARAH EARNSHAW ‘JENNIFER LORE’ AND SIMON LIPKIN ‘MR POPPY’

 

WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY DEBBIE ISITT

WITH MUSIC AND LYRICS BY NICKY AGER AND DEBBIE ISITT

AND PRODUCED BY

JAMIE WILSON, ENTERTAINMENT ONE, RAMIN SABI

AND BELGRADE THEATRE COVENTRY

 

OPENING AT BIRMINGHAM REPERTORY THEATRE

ON FRIDAY 20 OCTOBER 2017

Jamie Wilson, Entertainment One (eOne), Ramin Sabi and Belgrade Theatre Coventry are delighted to announce casting for the World Premiere of the Birmingham Repertory Theatre’s production of NATIVITY! THE MUSICAL opening at Birmingham Repertory Theatre on Friday 20 October 2017. Daniel Boys will play ‘Paul Maddens’, Sarah Earnshaw ‘Jennifer Lore’ and Simon Lipkin ‘Mr Poppy’. They will be joined by Andy Barke, Jamie Chapman, Jemma Churchill, Gary Davis and Katia Sartini. Further casting and children’s casting to be announced soon.

 

Following the run in Birmingham, the show will play Southend Cliffs Pavilion, Sheffield Lyceum, Manchester Palace, Plymouth Theatre Royal, a London season at the Hammersmith Eventim Apollo and a Christmas season at Leeds Grand Theatre.  Tour details below.

Debbie Isitt said today “I am absolutely delighted to be working with this incredibly talented and hilariously funny musical theatre cast who are going to be brilliant in Nativity! The Musical.  It truly will be an emotionally soaring, feel good experience with beautiful singing and amazing choreography.”

Daniel Boys most recently appeared in “The Boys in the Band” at the West End’s Vaudeville Theatre. His other West End credits include “Avenue Q” at both the Gielgud and Noel Coward Theatres, “Sweeney Todd” at the Royal Festival Hall, “Grease” at the Victoria Palace, “Spamalot” at the Playhouse and “Rent” at the Prince of Wales. Daniel was also a contestant on the BBC’s “Any Dream Will Do”.

Sarah Earnshaw was in the original London cast of “Wicked” at the Apollo Victoria playing the leading role of ‘Glinda’ on many occasions. Her other West End credits include “Scrooge” at the London Palladium and “Spamalot” at the Playhouse. Sarah has also appeared in “Travels With My Aunt” at the Chichester Festival Theatre.

Simon Lipkin played ‘Nicky’ and ‘Trekkie Monster’ in the original London cast of “Avenue Q” at the Noel Coward Theatre and was most recently seen in the West End as ‘Nathan Detroit’ in “Guys and Dolls” at the Phoenix Theatre. His other West End credits include ‘Lonny’ in the original London cast of “Rock of Ages”, ‘Barlow’ in “I Can’t Sing” at the London Palladium, the title role in “The Lorax” at the Old Vic Theatre and “Assassins” at the Menier Chocolate Factory.

Every child in every school has one Christmas wish, to star in a Nativity, and at St Bernadette’s School they’ve decided to mount a musical version! Join teacher Mr Maddens and his crazy assistant Mr Poppy as they struggle with hilarious children, unruly animals and a whole lot of sparkle and shine to make everyone’s Christmas wish come true. Featuring all of your favourite sing-a-long songs from the smash-hit films including Sparkle and Shine, Nazareth and One Night One MomentNATIVITY! THE MUSICAL promises to be the perfect feel-good comedy for all the family.

Written and Directed by Debbie Isitt with music and lyrics by Nicky Ager and Debbie Isitt, NATIVITY! THE MUSICAL is choreographed by Andrew Wright, designed by David Woodhead, with lighting design by Tim Mitchell, sound design by Tom Marshall and musical supervision and orchestrations by George Dyer.

 

The NATIVITY! film series is one of the most popular UK Christmas film franchises of recent years. Written and directed by the Bafta Award-winning writer and director Debbie Isitt and produced by Nick Jones through Mirrorball Films and distributed in the UK by eOne, NATIVITY!, NATIVITY 2 DANGER IN THE MANGER! and NATIVITY 3 DUDE WHERE’S MY DONKEY?! have all gone on to reach top box office positions on theatrical release and sold nearly 2 million DVDs, capturing the hearts and minds of families all over the UK.

 

NATIVITY – THE MUSICAL 2017/18

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20 OCTOBER – 12 NOVEMBER 2017

Birmingham Repertory Theatre

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15 – 19 NOVEMBER 2017

Southend Cliffs Pavilion

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22 – 25 NOVEMBER 2017

Sheffield Lyceum

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29 NOVEMBER – 3 DECEMBER 2017

Manchester Palace Theatre

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6 – 10 DECEMBER 2017

Theatre Royal Plymouth

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13 – 17 DECEMBER 2017

Hammersmith Apollo, London

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20 December 2017 – 6 January 2018

Leeds Grand Theatre

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Pioneering fairytale with a twist that challenges homophobia and discrimination comes to half moon

A PIONEERING FAIRYTALE WITH A TWIST COMES TO HALF MOON THEATRE FOR SIX GROUND BREAKING PERFORMANCES CHALLENGING HOMOPHOBIA AND DISCRIMINATION

SATURDAY 13 – TUESDAY 16 MAY, AGES 5+

Critically acclaimed Action Transport Theatre bring Happily Ever After, their pioneering fairytale with a twist, to Half Moon Theatre from Saturday 13 to Tuesday 16 May 2017. The ground breaking show is part of Half Moon’s commitment to promoting diversity and challenging homophobia and discrimination and is for children and family audiences aged 5+.

The queen is growing impatient. Her lazy son will never be king until he grows up, gets married and starts acting like one. She invites hundreds of princesses from across the land, hoping to find the perfect bride for the prince, but he isn’t impressed by any of them. Then one day a princess arrives accompanied by her brother…

Happily Ever After is inspired by the Dutch children’s book King and King, by Linda De Haan and Stern Nijland. Action Transport Theatre have worked with The Proud Trust to create a play for children which tells the story of two princes who fall in love and live happily ever after.

The six performances at Half Moon are part of the first national theatrical tour of a play for children aged over five with a gay theme.

The production uses Action Transport Theatre’s trade-mark highly visual, wordless storytelling and comedy clowning, along with original music by Patrick Dineen, to engage children in high quality art.  Previously the play has been performed in over 50 schools in the North West and seen by more than 3,000 children, where it has received an overwhelmingly positive response.

Directed by Action Transport Theatre’s artistic director Nina Hajiyianni and featuring a cast of international actors, Happily Ever After aims to help raise awareness amongst children of homophobia, gender expectations and ‘difference’, promoting respect and understanding, and equipping children and parents with a vocabulary around same sex relationships.

According to a recent survey by charity Stonewall, almost two thirds of young people have experienced direct homophobic bullying in schools. Nine in ten secondary school teachers, and more than two in five primary school teachers, say homophobic bullying occurs in their school with the word ‘gay’ often being used as an insult.

Nina Hajiyianni commented: “There is an absence of gay identities in theatre and wider culture for young children – just look at the current controversy about the suggestion of a gay character in Disney’s live action version of Beauty and the Beast. Many families now include same sex adult parents or carers or have other family members who are gay. Where are those children’s lives validated or represented in art? Not to mention younger children who identify as gay themselves. Happily Ever After powerfully addresses this and the subject of same-sex marriage, but not in a heavy handed or preachy way.”

Chris Elwell, Director of Half Moon, said: “We look forward to welcoming Action Transport Theatre to Half Moon with their important children’s tale that spreads a positive message about diversity and tackles homophobia. This ground breaking play will help raise awareness around difference, respect and relationships for children that will stay with them for the rest of their lives.”

All tickets are priced at £7 and can be obtained by visiting the Box Office or by calling 020 7709 8900. Tickets are also available online at www.halfmoon.org.uk

 

SALLY COOKSON TALKS ABOUT HER ADAPTATION OF JANE EYRE

* What inspired you to adapt and direct Jane Eyre? Is it a book you particularly admired

I chose this particular title because it’s a story that I love and have enjoyed a close relationship with ever since I was intrigued as a child by Orson Well’s black and white melodrama with fabulous music by Bernard Hermann. I didn’t actually read the novel until I was in my early twenties – and I remember thinking while I read it: ‘this is a clarion cry for equal opportunities for women not a story about a passive female who will do anything for her hunky boss’. I was struck by how modern Jane seemed – her spirit and strong will, her peculiar and brilliant mind striving for personal freedom to be who she is, lashing out against any constraint that prevents her from being herself. She was exactly the sort of person I wanted to be.

* How did the process of devising and directing the play work?

Adapting a novel for the stage is a challenging prospect – especially when that novel is cited as many people’s favourite of all time. It is always daunting when you’re working on a story which everyone knows so well, because you want to surprise and maybe challenge people’s expectations, without losing any of the things which make them like the story in the first place. Our job has been to turn it from a book into a piece of theatre. Essentially that means creating something new – the experience of reading a book is very different to watching a play. Rather than approach the novel as a piece of costume drama, I was keen to explore the themes and get to the heart of the story and characters in a theatrical way. I didn’t want authentic set and period costume to suffocate it, killing the essence and magic of the story.

The devising process involved us as a company responding together to the book. Mike Akers (dramaturg) and I had put a rough structure in place, had made some decisions about which characters were in and which were out, and were in agreement about our version emphasising the comings-of-age aspects of the novel as opposed to focusing just on the Jane/Rochester relationship. But on that first day of rehearsal, there was no script, no read-through, just us as a company taking a deep breath together, making a leap into the unknown, trusting that eight weeks later, we’d have a show to perform.

A lot of the scenes emerged through improvising, playing and trying out lots of different versions. I like theatre that doesn’t just rely on text, so investigating which sections of the book lent themselves to visual storytelling was exciting.

A key aspect of my role as director is to act as a facilitator and editor of the creativity in the room – I love shaping the material that emerges, pursuing and developing the kernels of ideas. Towards the end of the rehearsal period – we lock down the ideas (until previews start, when we make big changes), so that we can rehearse the material we have got.

* What is the history of your production?

In 2013 the Artistic director of the Bristol Old Vic, Tom Morris, gave the green light to my idea of devising a two-part version of Jane Eyre, performed over two nights. After its run in Bristol the production was invited to the National Theatre. It was agreed that we’d distil the two shows into a single event – still retaining its epic quality but honing and tightening to make the experience more intense. The chance to develop and shape work isn’t something that theatre-makers often get to do, so this was a very exciting opportunity for us. The run at the National was really successful and the decision was made by the NT and BOV to tour the production in 2017.

* What do you think are the main themes of the story?

Re-reading the book now, I’m struck by the weight the novel places on individual human rights. Jane understands from a very early age that in order to thrive she needs to be nourished – not just physically but emotionally, spiritually and intellectually. These basic human needs are central to our well being and Jane has a fundamental understanding of this. I like to think of it as a Life story rather than a Love story (the original title was Jane Eyre – an Autobiography) which sees Jane develop from a powerless child into an independent, free-thinking adult. But, like any fine piece of writing, Jane Eyre is multi faceted and it seems that whoever you are and whatever your age, each reader will gain something slightly different from it.

* How do you think that the story resonates in today’s society and today’s audiences?

Firstly, it is a superb story – a real page turner, with a protagonist who you root for from the start. Secondly, despite the fact that it was written over one hundred and sixty years ago it deals with all the things we still find ourselves struggling with – ‘where do I fit in, who am I’? The intensity of the novel’s search for identity is something we have all experienced. Surrounding the heroine are characters grappling with their own individual identity crises. I don’t think there is one character who is not struggling in some way to come to terms with their circumstances and wrestling with the very idea of what it is to be human. whether it’s Rochester or Helen Burns, Mrs Reed or Blanche Ingram, St John Rivers or Bertha Mason – all these characters are flailing around in an attempt to discover/come to terms with who they are. In the middle is Jane – taking responsibility for her life and always taking action to change her circumstances when her integrity is in danger of being threatened.

* Can you tell us something about the staging of the play, the music, the design and the style.

I would describe it as an ensemble piece – performed by seven actors and three musicians. Apart from the actor who plays Jane, the actors play more than one part and are all onstage most of the time. The set which is a wooden structure made up of platforms, ramps and ladders is far from a literal interpretation of the Victorian period – it has a minimalist simplicity but provides the actors with a playground on which to perform and illustrate the physical and emotional struggle Jane encounters as she develops from a child into an independent woman.

The band are placed in the centre of the set – I wanted the music to be central as it is intrinsic to the production. Benji Bower the Composer uses a variety of genres including folk, Jazz, sacred, orchestral and pop to create the world Jane inhabits.

* How has your career developed from acting to writing and directing?

I trained at Lamda and worked as an actress for ten years before finding myself in Bristol where together with an actor friend set up a summer theatre school for young people. This was a life changing event for me – I discovered that I loved directing, which lead to me becoming part of the Education Department at the Bristol Old Vic. While I was there Travelling Light theatre company invited me to work for them as a director which lead to a ten year collaboration. Now I work for whoever offers me a job – but am very happy to still be part of Bristol Old Vic as an associate artist. I wouldn’t ever consider myself a writer – but due to the nature of the devising process I have an understanding of narrative structure. I always work very closely with a dramaturg on every production to take responsibility for the overall shape of the piece.

* Will the touring production develop from the show people may have seen in Bristol and at the National Theatre?

The touring production of Jane Eyre will have a new cast and as with other re-mounts I’ve done will be tweaked and honed for the better! I think it’s essential to keep improving a piece of work. But essentially it will be the same.

* Have you visited the Bronte Parsonage in Howarth?

Yes – more than once. In 1991 I stayed in Haworth for a couple of weeks when I was working at the Alhambra theatre in Bradford, it was early Spring and the village was almost deserted. I visited it again before I started rehearsals for Jane Eyre with my family – we could hardly move for the crowds and I wondered what Charlotte Bronte would have made of it all?

I’m looking forward to a narrowboat holiday in July on the Rochdale canal which passes through much of the countryside that provided such inspiration for the Brontes.

* Do you have any connections with any of the cities, towns and areas the show will be touring to?

My Mother grew up in Brighton and we stayed in Hove every Summer with my Grandparents during my childhood. I have very happy memories of trips to the Brighton Theatre Royal and sitting in the gods watching big musicals – Joseph and his Technicolor Dreamcoat had a big impact on me, I learnt all the lyrics and performed all the songs with my cousins in our own version. I still have family there – so it will be lovely to visit and take a trip down memory lane!

The Simon & Garfunkel Story comes to the West End

INTERNATIONAL HIT
THE SIMON & GARFUNKEL STORY
COMES TO LONDON’S WEST END
 
A fully immersive musical experience set in the 1960s
4th Sep, 2nd Oct, 6th Nov and 4th Dec 2017
 
After touring to every corner of the world, The Simon & Garfunkel Story is now heading into London’s West End from September 2017. Coming to the Lyric Theatre for a special four month season, the internationally acclaimed immersive production will take audiences through the story of Simon & Garfunkel’s incredible career.
 
Having formed in 1957 as Tom & Jerry, Simon & Garfunkel went on to become the world’s most iconic folk rock group. Revealing the incredible journey shared by Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel, The Simon & Garfunkel Story takes audience through their meteoric highs and lows. From their humble beginnings, right through their worldwide successes and bitter break-up, culminating with a stunning recreation of their 1981 Central Park reformation concert, audiences can re-live the moments that justified their ten Grammy Awards and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction.
 
The Simon & Garfunkel Story not only tells the tale of the legendary musicians, but relives their journey within a time capsule of contemporary newsreels, adverts and film footage from the 1960s and beyond.
 
Led by Sam O’Hanlon (Paul Simon) and Charles Blyth (Art Garfunkel), a full live band and brass ensemble will rekindle all the duo’s classic hits including: Mrs Robinson, Cecilia, Bridge Over Troubled Water, Homeward Bound, The Sound of Silence and many more.
 
Returning to London for the first time since 2015 (Leicester Square Theatre), The Simon & Garfunkel Storycontinues to enjoy international success from Sydney to Seattle.
 
LISTINGS
The Simon & Garfunkel Story
Venue: Lyric Theatre, 29 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1D 7ES 
Dates: 4th Sep, 2nd Oct, 6th Nov and 4th Dec 2017, 7.30pm
Prices: £15.00,  £19.50, £29.50, £39.50, £49.50 & £60.00 (premium)
Box office: 0330 333 4812
 

Phil Willmott’s sell-out hit Incident at Vichy transfers to the King’s Head Theatre

The King’s Head Theatre in association with Anita Creed Productions and The Phil Willmott Company presents:


INCIDENT AT VICHY
June 7th – June 25th, King’s Head Theatre


After a critically acclaimed sell-out run at the Finborough Theatre, Phil Willmott’s new production of Arthur Miller’s Incident at Vichy transfers to the King’s Head Theatre. In this forgotten masterpiece about Jewish registration in Nazi-occupied France, Miller’s play seems closer than ever to today’s world of “Extreme Vetting” and religious persecution.

**** “hugely effective (…) the tension is stoked to perfection by Phil Willmott” Dominic Cavendish, The Telegraph

Director Phil Willmott says: “Demand to see this production took us all by surprise. With the show selling out after previews and even returned tickets snapped up within hours, I’m absolutely delighted that we’re to embark on a second run at the King’s Head and that many more people will experience this powerful and poignant drama. With the rise of the far right in Europe, no one can afford to ignore the sometimes uncomfortable truths about compliance and complicity laid bare by Miller’s depiction of ten disparate and terrified prisoners, pulled off the streets and awaiting racial profiling.”
King’s Head artistic director Adam Spreadbury-Maher says: “We’re so thrilled to have Phil Willmott back at the King’s Head Theatre, and the smash success of Incident at Vichy is proof-positive of the power of pub theatre. It’s a pleasure to be able to give a wider audience a chance to experience Miller’s painfully relevant play.”

**** “a powerful revival (…) this is buried treasure” David Calhoun, Time Out

In the detention room of a Vichy police station in 1942, eight men have been picked up for questioning but none are told why they are held, or when they can leave. At first, their hopeful guess is that only their identity papers will be checked – but as each man is removed for interrogation, some are set free, some are never seen again, and the stakes rise for those who remain… A haunting examination of the cold, bureaucratic efficiency of evil – and the shared humanity that might overcome it.

***** “Arthur Miller’s cautionary play still bristles with unsettling, yet compelling relevance, producing an engrossing and unmissable evening’s drama” Actdrop

FULL CAST ANNOUNCED FOR THE TENTH ANNIVERSARY PRODUCTION OF THE UGLY ONE AT PARK THEATRE

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  • FULL CAST ANNOUNCED FOR THE TENTH ANNIVERSARY PRODUCTION OF THE UGLY ONE AT PARK THEATRE
  • DIRECTED BY JMK WINNER ROY ALEXANDER WEISE, THE UGLY ONE WILL PLAY FROM 1 – 24 JUNE
  • CHARLIE DORFMAN WILL PLAY LETTE, T’NIA MILLER WILL PLAY SCHEFFLER, ARIAN NIK WILL PLAY KARLMANN AND INDRA OVÉ WILL PLAY FANNY

 

Today, Buckland Theatre Company has announced casting for Marius von Mayenburg’s The Ugly One, the company’s third production at PARK90 at Park Theatre. Staged ten years after it’s debut at the Royal Court Theatre, The Ugly One will run from 1 – 24 June with a press night on 9 June.

Directed by 2016 James Menzies-Kitchin Young Director Award winner Roy Alexander Weise and following his critically acclaimed production of The Mountaintop at Young Vic, The Ugly One will star Charlie Dorfman as Lette, Arian Nik as Karlmann and Indra Ové as Fanny. For this ten year anniversary production, T’Nia Miller has been cast as Scheffler, a role which is traditionally played by a man.

The Ugly One is a razor-sharp comedy about beauty, identity and doing what it takes to get to the top. This biting social satire follows Lette, a talented engineer, who is told that his face is too ugly to succeed and so undergoes extreme plastic surgery to make himself more beautiful. But he soon discovers that, maybe, there is such a thing as being too good looking.

Director Roy Alexander Weise said: “I’m thrilled to be joining forces with Buckland Theatre Company for this very timely revival of The Ugly One. As well as being a potent comedy about what we see as beautiful (which is perfect for our world of selfies and filters!) it’s also fascinating to look at how much the world has changed, or hasn’t changed at all, since Marius von Mayenburg wrote the production a decade ago. I can’t wait for audiences to see it and squirm with recgognition.”

Charlie Dorfman (Lette). Charlie studied Theatre at Trinity College Dublin and the Beverly Hills Playhouse in Los Angeles. His recent theatre include LUV, Some Girl(s) (both Park Theatre), Miss Julie (Etcetera Theatre), Taking Steps, Dangerous Corner and Wuthering Heights (all Manor Pavilion Sidmouth). In addition to his work on stage, Charlie has appeared on film in Myrtle, The Show and Present.

T’Nia Miller (Scheffler). T’Nia’s recent theatre credits includes Re:Home (Yard Theatre),Eclipsed (Gate Theatre), Crowning Glory (Theatre Royal Stratford East), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (National Theatre), Sick (Almeida Theatre) and Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens (Shaw Theatre).

In addition to this, T’Nia has appeared on television in  Born To Kill, Witless, Death In Paradise,Wagstaffe, Unforgotten, Marcella, Guilt, Hollyoaks, Doctor Who, Holby City, Dubplate Dramaand The Bill. T’Nia’s film credits include Obey, Don’t F*ck Around With Love, Stud Life and The Disappeared.

Arian Nik (Karlmann). Arian has recently graduated from Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, with a BA Honours in Acting. He is thrilled to be making his professional stage debut in The Ugly One at the Park Theatre.

Indra Ové (Fanny). Indra’s recent theatre includes The Interrogation of Sandra Bland (Bush Theatre), Torn (Royal Court), The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night Time (National Theatre), Yes Prime Minister (Gielgud Theatre), Twelve Angry Women (Oval House Theatre),Etta Jenks (Finborough Theatre), Peer Gynt (Arcola),Under One Roof (Soho Theatre), The Seagull (National Theatre Studio), Blinded By The Sun (National Theatre), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (National Theatre) and Timon of Athens (Young Vic).

Indra’s screen credits include Requiem, A.D The Bible Continues, Holby City, Glue, Dumping Ground, Topsy and Tim, Casualty, Doctors, Midsomer Murders, Best Man, The New Worst Witch,Attachments, Bugs, She’s Out, and Space Island One. Further to this, Indra has appeared in films such as Finding Your Feet, Jurassic, Dubois, Second Spring, Still, My One And Only, Hellhounds , Mr Invisible, Cold Dead Hands, Club Le Monde, It’s All About Love, Resident Evil, The Dreamer, Cleopatra, More Is Less, The Fifth Element, Othello and Interview with A Vampire.

Roy Alexander Weise (Director) is the 19th annual winner of the James Menzies-Kitchin Award and directed his critically acclaimed, sell out production of The Mountaintop by Katori Hall at the Young Vic. He was the first runner-up of the JMK Award in 2014. Roy has previously worked at the Royal Court as the Trainee Director, at the Bush Theatre and Lyric Hammersmith as the BBC Theatre Fellow and at The Red Room as Associate Artist.

Roy’s current and forthcoming productions include Zero For The Young Dudes (Young & Talented in association with NT Connections) and Jekyll and Hyde (Ambassadors Theatre, National Youth Theatre of Great Britain). Previous theatre credits include The Mountaintop (Young Vic),Primetime (Royal Court Theatre) and Stone Face (Finborough Theatre).

Roy’s Assistant Director credits include Hangmen (Royal Court Theatre and West End), Escaped Alone (Royal Court, Brooklyn Academy of Music and UK Tour), X, For Me For You, Primetime 2015, Violence and Son, Who Cares, Liberian Girl (all Royal Court Theatre), Albion, We Are Proud to Present… (Bush Theatre) and The Serpent’s Tooth (Talawa / Almeida Theatre). For television, Roy was Trainee Director on Invisible (The Red Room/BalletBoyz/Channel 4).

Roy is now Associate Artist at Hightide, Associate Director at Harts Theatre Company and Lead Acting Tutor at Young and Talented School of Stage & Screen.