Casting confirmed for Proof at Hope Mill Theatre



27 November – 2 December 2018 | Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester


Casting has been confirmed for Proof at the Hope Mill Theatre, by the Pulitzer Drama Prize winning playwright David Auburn. Having produced ten musicals with Aria Entertainment during the venue’s opening three years, Proof will be Hope Mill Theatre’s first self-produced play. Proof is Auburn’s passionate, intelligent story about fathers and daughters, the nature of genius, and the power of love. Starring Angela Costello, Lucy Jane Dixon (Hollyoaks, Waterloo Road), Sam Holland and David Keller, the production also mark’s the directorial debut of Hope Mill Theatre’s co-Artistic Director, Joseph Houston.

Catherine (Lucy Jane Dixon) has inherited her late father’s mathematical brilliance, but she is haunted by the fear that she might also share his debilitating mental illness. She has spent years caring for her now-deceased father and, upon his death, she feels left alone to pick up the pieces of her life without him.

Caught between a new-found connection with Hal (Samuel Holland) – one of her father’s former students – and the reappearance of her sister Claire (Angela Costello), Catherine finds both her world and her mind growing increasingly unstable. Hal then discovers a ground-breaking mathematical proof among the 103 notebooks Catherine’s father left behind, and Catherine is forced to question whether she will inherit her father’s genius or madness.

Hope Mill Theatre’s Co-Artistic Director Joseph Houston says: “I am thrilled to be making my directorial debut at Hope Mill Theatre with David Auburn’s award winning play Proof, and can’t wait to share it with our audiences. The play portrays family relationships with such a realness and authenticity but at the same time sensitively tackles issues such as mental illness, sisterhood and the nature of genius. During its first three years, Hope Mill Theatre has established itself as an in-house producing venue for musicals, and we now realise the need to grow and develop new audiences with a variety of work. This is Hope Mill Theatre’s first in house produced play and hopefully the first of many to come.”


Angela Costello’s theatre credits include: Gut Girls (Chelsea Theatre), Belfast Girls (The Kings Head Theatre) and You Had Me At Hello (Manchester ADP). Angela’s film work includes the role of Kay Summersby in the feature film Churchill.


Lucy Jane Dixon’s theatre credits include Lemons, Lemons, Lemons, Lemons, Lemons (Citrus Theatre Productions), Merchant of Venice (Studio 3 Arts), Rehearsal for Murder (Bill Kenwright Ltd), The Girl From the Ward (Monkeywood) Keeper (Monkeywood), Aladdin (Norwich Theatre Royal), Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (New World Productions), Lord of the FliesLysistrataSnoopy the Musical, The Rivals, Love one the Dole, Maria Marten, Sweet Charity (Aquinas College), Sleeping Beauty the Musical (NK Theatre Arts), The Wiz(NK Theatre Arts), Peter Pan (NK Theatre Arts). Her television credits include: Birds of a Feather (ITV), Casualty(BBC), Scott and Bailey (ITV), Endeavour (ITV), Hollyoaks Laters (Lime Pictures), Hollyoaks (Channel 4), Waterloo Road Reunited (Shed Media), The Power of Poetry (Turmeric Media), Waterloo Road (BBC) and Doctors (BBC Television).


Sam Holland’s recent credits include: Moving On (BBC), The 4 O’Clock Club (BBC) and Brief Lives (BBC), as well as roles in Shameless (Channel 4), Waterloo Road (BBC) and the Oscar-nominated film Wish 143.

David Keller’s theatre credits include: Crow (Belgrade Theatre), The Elephant Man (Theatre Royal Plymouth), Hamlet (Theatre Clywd), Macbeth (Farnham Pottery Theatre Space) and Dead Easy (Crucible Theatre).



Directed by Joseph Houston

Assistant directed by Matthew Gee

Design by Frankie Gerrard

Lighting Design by Joseph Thomas

Sound Design by Dan Pyke

Box office: 0333 012 4963



Venue: Hope Mill Theatre, Hope Mill, Ancoats, 113 Pollard Street, Manchester M4 7JA

Dates: Tuesday 27 November – Sunday 2 December 2018

Performances: Tue – Sat Evenings 7.30pm, Sat Matinees 2.30pm, Sun Matinees 3.00pm

Prices: Tickets from £14

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Twitter: @Hopemilltheatr1 / @PITogetherMCR

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