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Rhys Ifans stars in A Christmas Carol at the Old Vic

Rhys Ifans

Rhys Ifans

Rhys Ifans


Matthew Warchus directs Charles Dickens‘ timeless classic A Christmas Carol in a joyous new adaptation by Jack Thorne, starring Rhys Ifans as Ebenezer Scrooge, opening at The Old Vic on 29 November with previews from 18 November.

On a bitter Christmas Eve night a cold-hearted miser is visited by four ghosts. Transported to worlds past, present and future, Ebenezer Scrooge witnesses what a lifetime of fear and selfishness has led to and sees with fresh eyes the lonely life he has built for himself. Can Ebenezer be saved before it’s too late?

An uplifting story for families aged 11+, this essential festive treat is vividly brought to the stage in a big-hearted production full of music and cheer.

Rhys Ifans’ work as an actor encompasses stage, television and film. His theatre credits include King Lear (The Old Vic), Protest Song, Volpone and Under Milk Wood (National Theatre), Don Juan in Soho, Accidental Death of an Anarchist and Bad Finger (Donmar Warehouse), Beautiful Thing (Duke of York Theatre), Thyestes (Royal Court), Smoke and Poison Pen (Manchester Royal Exchange). Film includes Snowdon, Alice Through the Looking Glass, Dominion, Len and Company, Under Milk Wood, Serena, Another Me, The Amazing Spider- Man, The Five-Year Engagement, Anonymous, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, Greenberg, The Boat that Rocked, Elizabeth: The Golden Age, Hannibal Rising, Once Upon a Time in the Midlands, Human Nature, The Shipping News, Hotel, The Replacements, Notting Hill (BAFTA nominated) and he will be appearing in The Parting Glass later in 2017. Television includes Berlin Station, Not Only But Always (BAFTA Award for Best Actor), Shakespeare Shorts, Trial and Retribution, The Two Franks, Judas and the Gimp, Nightshift, Spatz, Burning Love, Review and Gifted.

Matthew Warchus is a director of theatre, opera and film who has directed award-winning productions for many of the major British theatre companies. He was an Associate Director at the West Yorkshire Playhouse and was an Artistic Associate at The Old Vic before being appointed in 2014 to succeed Kevin Spacey as Artistic Director of the theatre. Matthew’s extensive theatre credits include ‘Art’, Groundhog Day (Olivier Award for Best New Musical), The Master Builder, The Caretaker and Future Conditional (The Old Vic), Matilda The Musical (RSC, West End and Broadway, 7 Olivier Awards, including Best Director and Best New Musical, and 4 Tony Awards), Ghost: The Musical and La Bête (West End and Broadway); Deathtrap (West End), The Norman Conquests (The Old Vic, West End and Broadway, Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play), God of Carnage (West End and Broadway, Tony Award for Best Play and Best Direction of a Play), Boeing Boeing (West End, Broadway and UK tour, Tony Award for Best Revival of a play and Olivier nomination for Best Revival of a Play); Speed-the-Plow (The Old Vic); the theatrical adaptation of The Lord of the Rings (also co-writer, West End), Buried Child  (National Theatre), Endgame (Albery Theatre), Our House (Cambridge Theatre, Olivier Award for Best Musical), Follies (Broadway), Life x 3 (National Theatre, The Old Vic and Broadway), True West (Donmar Warehouse and Broadway, Tony nominations for Best Director and Best Play), The Unexpected Man (RSC, West End and Broadway), ‘Art’ (Broadway, West End, Los Angeles, Olivier and Tony Awards for Best Play), Hamlet and Henry V (RSC), Volpone (National Theatre, Evening Standard Award for Best Director), Much Ado About Nothing (West End), Betrayal, Death of a Salesman, The Plough Beyond the Stars, Fiddler on the Roof and Who’s afraid of Virginia Woolf (West Yorkshire Playhouse).

Opera credits include Falstaff and Così Fan Tutte (ENO) and The Rake’s Progress (ROH and WNO). Matthew directed feature films Pride (2014, BIFA Best British Independent Film, BAFTA and Golden Globe nominated) and Simpatico (1999).

Jack Thorne’s recent work includes Woyzeck (The Old Vic), Junkyard (Bristol Old Vic), Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (SFP Productions/Harry Potter West End Theatrical, Evening Standard, WhatsOnstage, South Bank Show and Olivier Award 2016-7), The Solid Life Of Sugar Water (Graeae Theatre Company, Edinburgh Festival & UK Tour), Hope (Royal Court), Let The Right One In (Dundee Rep/ Royal Court, NTS/Marla Rubin Ltd.), The Borough (Punchdrunk/Aldeburgh Festival), Stuart: A Life Backwards (adapt. Hightide/Sheffield Theatres – Edinburgh Festival & UK tour), Mydidae (Drywrite – Soho Theatre/ Trafalgar Studios), The Physicists (adapt. Donmar Warehouse), Bunny (nabokov – UK tour/New York), Red Car Blue Car, Two Cigarettes, When You Cure Me (Bush Theatre), Greenland (National Theatre), 2nd May 1997 (Bush/nabokov), Burying Your Brother in the Pavement (NT Connections), Stacy (Tron/Arcola/Trafalgar Studios) and Fanny and Faggot (Pleasance Edinburgh/Finborough/Trafalgar Studios).Television work includes National Treasure (Best Mini Series – BAFTA 2017, Royal Television Society Award 2017), The Last Panthers, Don’t Take My Baby (Best Single – Bafta 2016), Glue, The Fades (Best Drama Series – BAFTA 2012), This Is England ’90 (Best Serial – Bafta 2016, Royal Television Society Award 2016), This Is England ’88 (Best Mini-Series – BAFTA 2012) and This is England ‘86, Cast-Offs and episodes of Skins and Shameless. Films include Wonder, War Book, A Long Way Down and The Scouting Book for Boys, which premiered at the 2010 London Film Festival and won the Best British Newcomer Award.

Written by Charles Dickens In a new version by Jack Thorne Director Matthew Warchus Designer Rob Howell Lighting designer Hugh Vanstone Sound designer Simon Baker Composer and Arranger Christopher Nightingale

Further casting to be announced.

The Old Vic announces casting for Queers curated by Mark Gatiss

Cast of Queers at The Old Vic
Cast of Queers at The Old Vic

Cast of Queers at The Old Vic

The Old Vic today announced casting for Queers, a series of eight monologues curated by Mark Gatiss. Staged on 28 and 31 July at The Old Vic, they mark 50 years since the Sexual Offences Act of 1967 began the decriminalisation process for homosexuality between men. Queers celebrates some of the most poignant, funny, tragic and riotous moments of British gay male history over the last century.

Mark Bonnar, Sara Crowe, Jack Derges, Ian Gelder, Kadiff Kirwan, Russell Tovey, Gemma Whelan and Fionn Whitehead will perform monologues written by Matthew Baldwin, Jon Bradfield, Jackie Clune, Michael Dennis, Brian Fillis, Mark Gatiss, Keith Jarrett and Gareth McLean. The monologues will be directed by Mark Gatiss and by Old Vic Associate Director Max Webster and Baylis Director Joe Murphy.

Queers is produced in partnership with BBC Studios, Pacific Quay Productions. The monologues were filmed earlier in the year, directed by Mark Gatiss and featuring many of the cast who will be appearing on stage at The Old Vic. These films will be screened on BBC Four this summer.

Queers is part of The Old Vic’s One Voice series, funded by the TS Eliot Estate, which celebrates the rawest of theatre forms – a single voice on a stage without scenery and with nothing to rely on but words.

The full line up is as follows:

Fri 28 Jul The Man on the Platform by Mark Gatiss, performed by Jack Derges
The Perfect Gentleman by Jackie Clune, performed by Gemma Whelan
I Miss the War by Matthew Baldwin, performed by Ian Gelder
Something Borrowed by Gareth McLean, performed by Mark Bonnar

Mon 31 Jul Missing Alice by Jon Bradfield, performed by Sara Crowe
Safest Spot in Town by Keith Jarrett, performed by Kadiff Kirwan
A Grand Day Out by Michael Dennis, performed by Fionn
Whitehead More Anger by Brian Fillis, performed by Russell Tovey

Matthew Baldwin is a writer and actor. In 2013 Matthew and his colleague Thomas Hescott developed The Act, for which they received OffWestEnd Award nominations for Best Actor and Best New Playwright before transferring to Trafalgar Studios. Matthew and Tom went on to write Outings which played at the Edinburgh Festival and went on a national tour and was performed at the Lyric Theatre for a celebrity gala performance. He is currently working on a new play, Casa Marco. Matthew’s other theatre work as an actor includes 46 Beacon (Hope Theatre), The Clouds (Cambridge Arts Theatre), Westward Ho (White Bear) and the 24 Hour Plays (The Old Vic) as well as performing in the award-winning Above The Stag pantomimes. Film and TV work includes Love Bite, Material Girl, and The Dark Room.

Mark Bonnar’s theatre credits include The Duchess of Malfi (The Old Vic), Sixty-Six Books (Bush Theatre), The Cherry Orchard, Dido Queen of Carthage, Philistines (National Theatre), Novecento, Twelfth Night, Parade (Donmar Warehouse), Three Sisters (Royal Exchange) and Lost Highway (Young Vic) amongst many others. On television, he is a regular in the series Catastrophe and Shetland. Other television credits include Apple Tree Yard, Unforgotten, New Blood, Undercover, Jekyll and Hyde, Home Fires, Vera, Silent Witness, Grantchester, Line of Duty, Psychoville, Twenty Twelve and Doctor Who. Film work includes Take Down, Sunset Song, X-Moor and Camera Trap.

Jon Bradfield is the co-writer and songwriter of London’s longest-running and most popular alternative pantomime series, having created eight adult Christmas shows for Above The Stag Theatre including most recently Beauty on the Piste and Tinderella – Cinders Slips It In, each of which played 50 sold-out performances. With the same co-writer, Martin Hooper, he wrote the play A Hard Rain which has been performed in London and New York. He also wrote the music and lyrics and co-wrote the book for the musical Get Em Off. Jon has contributed to the long-running topical sketch show News Revue at the Canal Cafe Theatre. He has written articles for the Guardian, Attitude and Exeunt. Jon is also a theatre marketer and graphic designer.

Jackie Clune is a writer, actress and singer who lives in East London. She has published numerous features for The Guardian (Weekend magazine), The Daily Mail (Femail), The Mail on Sunday (YOU magazine), The Observer, The Independent, Red magazine, and The Scotsman. In 2012 she had her own column in Top Sante magazine. In 2004 she published her first novel Man of the Month Club (Quercus UK, Penguin USA) and in 2006 Extreme Motherhood – The Triplet Diaries (Macmillan, serialised in Femail). She has recently written a monologue for BBC2, and is currently writing a one woman play. Jackie is a regular contributor to the Jeremy Vine show on BBC Radio 2, and has also contributed to various BBC Radio 4 arts programmes (Front Row, Woman’s Hour, Loose Ends). She is currently writing her second novel for the young adult market.

Sara Crowe’s theatre credits include Cinderella (Lyric Hammersmith), Noises Off (Mercury Theatre), The City Madam (RSC), Bedroom Farce (Duke of York’s), Less Than Kind (Jermyn St Theatre), Calendar Girls (Noel Coward), Life X 3 (Watermill Theatre), The Corstophine Rd Nativity (Festival Theatre Edinburgh), Dames at Sea (Ambassadors Theatre), Hay Fever (Albery Theatre), My Best Friend (Hampstead Theatre), Relative Values, Plunder (Savoy Theatre), Henceforward (Vaudeville Theatre), Twelfth Night (Playhouse Theatre), Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (Regents Park), Who’s the Daddy?, A Right Royal Farce (King’s Head) and Private Lives (Aldwych Theatre) for which she received the Olivier Award for Best Supporting Actress, the Variety Club Best Actress Award, and the Critics Circle Most Promising Newcomer Award. She has also performed in UK tours of Don’t Dress For Dinner, Miss Crush the Musical, Fallen Angels, Radio Times, Absurd Person Singular and Donkey’s Years. This Autumn, Sara will tour the UK in Alan Ayckbourn’s How The Other Half Loves, directed by Alan Strachan. Television credits include Midsomer Murders, Doctors, Eastenders, Skins, Gil Mayo and The Green Green Grass. Her film credits include Carry on Columbus, Four Weddings and a Funeral and The Steal.

Michael Dennis is an experienced Company Stage Manager whose work includes Occupational Hazards and The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures (Hampstead Theatre), Future Conditional (The Old Vic), Oppenheimer (RSC), The Recruiting Officer (Donmar Warehouse) and The James Plays (National Theatre of Scotland, NT, Edinburgh International Festival). His first play, Dark Sublime, is currently under consideration.

Jack Derges’s theatre credits include The Boys in the Band (West End & Park Theatre), The Sweethearts (Finborough Theatre) and Territory (Pleasance London). On television he regularly appears in EastEnders playing Andy Flynn. Other television credits include regular roles in Humans and WPC56, and guest roles in Episodes, Crims, The Royals, Cucumber, Holby City, Switch, Casualty and Skins. Film work includes Freak of Nurture and Dungeons and Dragons:The Book of Vile Darkness and Captain Grant in AUX (Revolutionary Films).

Brian Fillis wrote the screenplay for Against the Law which opened this year’s BFI Flare Festival. Brian’s past TV work includes The Curse of Steptoe and his TV debut was his adaptation of his cult comic play Fear of Fanny which was nominated for a string of awards including a Broadcast Award for Best Single Drama and an RTS Award for Julia Davis. Brian was himself nominated for the Breakthrough Talent Award by BAFTA in 2007. In February 2009, An Englishman in New York had its world premiere at the Berlin Film Festival followed by a broadcast on ITV1. In 2010, Excluded, a single drama for BBC Two, was seen by 1.4 million viewers as part of the channel’s School Season and in 2011 he created and wrote three episodes of Sirens. Brian has several projects in development, including Endangered, a returning series at Channel 4, and a feature biopic I (Who Have Nothing). He recently worked on episodes for Simon Beaufoy’s upcoming series Trust, and Tatau, a BBC Three drama which aired in 2015.

Mark Gatiss is an actor, writer and producer. He first found success with The League of Gentlemen, with whom he won the Perrier Award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 1997, and went on to enjoy a radio series and three TV series on the BBC and big screen outing in 2005. He has written nine episodes of Doctor Who since its return to television in 2005 and has appeared in the show twice. He is perhaps best known as the co-creator and co- writer of the award-winning global phenomenon Sherlock in which he also plays Mycroft Holmes. Other notable television credits include London Spy, Wolf Hall, Coalition, Mapp and Lucia, The Crimson Petal and the White, Nighty, Night, The Wind and the Willows and Sense and Sensibility. Film credits include The Knot, Denial, Absolutely Fabulous, Dad’s Army, Our Kind of Traitor, Bright Young Things and Starter for Ten. Theatre credits include Coriolanus, The Recruiting Officer, The Vote (Donmar Warehouse), All About My Mother (The Old Vic), Season’s Greetings (National Theatre), 55 Days (Hampstead), and Three Days in the Country (National Theatre), for which he won an Olivier Award for Best Supporting Actor.

Ian Gelder’s theatre credits includes Racing Demon (Theatre Royal, Bath), The Treatment, King Lear (Almeida Theatre), Human Animals, The Low Road, Fireface (Royal Court Theatre), Titus Andronicus (Shakespeare’s Globe), Gods & Monsters (Southwark Playhouse), Roots, Good, Front Page (Donmar Warehouse), Definitely the Bahamas (The Orange Tree), Company, Racing Demon (Crucible Theatre, Sheffield), Precious Little Talent (Trafalgar Studios), Lingua Franca (Finborough Theatre/59E59 Theatre, New York), The Power of Yes, Henry IV, His Dark Materials, Stuff Happens (National Theatre), Serious Money (Birmingham Repertory Theatre), The Sound of Music (Palladium), The Crucible, Richard III, Titus Andronicus, The Merchant of Venice (RSC/world tour), The Taming of the Shrew (RSC/US tour), A Passage to India, Anna Karenina (Shared Experience), Mouth to Mouth (Albery Theatre), Three Sisters (Chichester Festival), Beyond a Joke (UK tour), Marvin’s Room (Comedy Theatre), Poor Superman (Traverse Theatre/Hampstead Theatre), Martin Yesterday (Royal Exchange, Manchester) and Entertaining Mr.Sloane (Greenwich Theatre). Film includes Pope Joan, King Ralph, Jinnah, Little Dorrit and The Fool. Television work includes Snatch, Riviera, Game of Thrones, Mr. Selfridge, Endeavour, Fallen Angel, Robin Hood, The Commander, Poirot, Kavanagh QC McCallum, Ripper Street, EastEnders, Torchwood, Psychoville, The Fades, Silent Witness, Absolutely Fabulous, The Day Today, Holby City, Casualty and Blackeyes.

Keith Jarrett is a former UK poetry slam champion and Rio International Poetry Slam Winner 2014. He was a Fiction Fellow at Lambda Writers’ Retreat in Los Angeles, 2015. His short stories have appeared in anthologies and magazines, including Attitude and Tell Tales IV. Keith is a PhD scholar at Birkbeck University, where he is completing his first novel. His poetry collection, Selah, was published this May.

Kadiff Kirwan’s theatre credits include Teddy Ferrara, The Vote, City of Angels (Donmar Warehouse), Home and the Dorfman Theatre Opening Gala (National Theatre). On screen he has appeared in Chewing Gum, Drunk History, Black Mirror: Nosedive, Drifters, The Vote, Crims, Call the Midwife and has roles in forthcoming series Timewasters and The Strike Series – Cuckoo’s Calling.

Gareth McLean trained as a journalist and has written for The Scotsman, the Guardian, Radio Times, Attitude and Buzzfeed. He began working in television in 2013, as a storyliner on Coronation Street, where he worked for two-and-a-half years. During that time, he helped kill Hayley Cropper. After a stint on Emmerdale he started writing his own scripts and working in drama development for companies such as Playground Entertainment. Something Borrowed is his first script commission.

Joe Murphy is a freelance director with experience working in London, on the West End, Broadway and internationally. He was Artistic Director of nabokov theatre company from 2010 to 2015, during which time the company presented the work of 88 playwrights and 496 artists across three continents. He took up his role as The Old Vic’s Season Two Baylis Director in September 2016. Theatre credits as a director include Woyzeck, No’s Knife and Associate Director on Girl from the North Country (The Old Vic), What I Learned from Johnny Bevan (Soho Theatre/UK tour), Incognito (Bush Theatre), Blink, Bunny (Soho Theatre/UK tour/off-Broadway), The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (Chichester Festival Theatre/UK tour), The Taming of the Shrew and Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare’s Globe/international tour). His Associate Director credits include Wolf Hall (RSC/West End/Broadway), This House (National Theatre), Henry V (Shakespeare’s Globe/UK tour) and Ghost Stories (West End/Moscow).

Russell Tovey can currently be seen playing Joe in the landmark production of Tony Kushner’s Angels in America at the National Theatre. His other theatre credits include A View from a Bridge (Broadway), The Pass, A Miracle, Plasticine (Royal Court), Sex with a Stranger (Trafalgar Studios), The History Boys, His Dark Materials, Henry V (National Theatre), The Sea (Theatre Royal), A Respectable Wedding (Young Vic), Tintin (Barbican) and The Recruiting Officer (Chichester Festival Theatre). His extensive television credits include lead roles in series of The Job Lot, Him & Her, Being Human and Sherlock as well as Quantico, Rebekah, The Night Manager, Banished, Looking, Talking to the Dead, What Remains, Walking the Dogs, New Cross-Coming Up, Ashes to Ashes, Doctor Who, Little Dorrit, Mutual Friends and Gavin and Stacey. His film work includes Mindhorn, The Lady in the Van, The Pass, Pride, The Muppets, Blackwood, Effie Gray and The History Boys.

Max Webster is fast emerging as one of the most exciting young directors working in the UK and internationally. He was The Old Vic’s first Baylis Director and is now an Associate Director at the theatre. Recent work includes Cover My Tracks, Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax (The Old Vic), The Winter’s Tale (Lyceum, Edinburgh), King Lear (Royal and Derngate, Northampton/UK Tour), Mary Stuart (PARCO Productions, Tokyo), Much Ado About Nothing (Shakespeare’s Globe/international tour), Orlando, To Kill a Mockingbird, My Young and Foolish Heart (Manchester Royal Exchange), Opera Highlights (Scottish Opera/tour), James and the Giant Peach, My Generation (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Twelfth Night (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), Skewered Snails (Iron Oxide/Southbank Centre), Anna Karenina (Arcola), The Chalk Circle (Aarohan Theatre, Nepal), Carnival Under the Rainbow and Feast Kakulu (Hilton Arts Festival, South Africa). Upcoming work includes the commission Fanny and Alexander for The Old Vic.

Gemma Whelan’s theatre credits include Radiant Vermin, Dark Vanilla Jungle (Soho Theatre), One Man Two Guvnors (Theatre Royal Haymarket/National Theatre), Stephen and the Sexy Partridge (Trafalgar Studios) and Shakespeare for Breakfast. Her recent television credits include the BBC drama The Moorside, Decline and Fall, later this year she reprises her role in Series 2 of Upstart Crow, can be seen again playing Yara Greyjoy in the hotly anticipated Series 7 of Game of Thrones and in The End of the Fucking World on Channel 4 and Netflix. Other on-screen credits include Uncle, Morgana Robinson’s The Agency, Asylum, Mapp and Lucia, Hetty Feather, Horrible Histories, The Persuasionists, Murder in Successville, Not Safe for Work, Siblings, Badults, The Harry & Paul Show and Threesome. Film work includes Prevenge, Gulliver’s Travels and The Wolfman. As a comedian Gemma created and often performs as the character Chastity Butterworth brining the character to series 3 of Live at the Electric as well as recording a chat show for BBC Radio 4 The Chastity Butterworth Show. In 2010 Gemma won a Funny Women Variety Award for her stand-up comedy.

Fionn Whitehead makes his feature film debut as the lead role of Tommy in Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk this summer. He will next be seen on the big screen in the drama The Children Act directed by Richard Eyre and starring Emma Thompson and Stanley Tucci. On television he starred in the ITV miniseries Him. Earlier this year, he earned critical acclaim for his performance in Glenn Waldron’s play Natives (Southwark Playhouse).

 

 

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Charlie Fink, Cover My Tracks Interview: “There is a lot of things in the realm of gig-theatre, but I feel like we’ve made something truly unique.”

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Maria Friedman: “I want to fill my life with creativity, family and friends and make the most of each day.”

Maria Friedman
Maria Friedman

Maria Friedman

Maria Friedman is a musical theatre goddess—straight off the top of Mt. Olympus— who never seems to run short of energy or surprise with her artistic endeavours.

Friedman is a FOUR time Olivier Award winning, NINE TIME NOMINATED, West End and Broadway luminary and is right in the middle of her exclusive SOLD OUT THREE WEEK RESIDENCY at Brasserie Zedel. Tickets are understandably like gold dust. We are talking ahead of her critically acclaimed concert coming to The Capitol in Horsham later this month.

So, if I was to come to a Maria Friedman concert what would I expect? “I know that you would experience excellent music and wonderful lyrics,” she says. “Best of all, I am accompanied by my good friend, the renowned musical director and Tony Award nominee Jason Carr. He is a genius; he makes orchestrations that are dazzling. We breathe together, we think together, we make music as one.”

What makes her get out of bed in the morning? “I feel that as I get older I want to take every opportunity that comes my way,” she says. “I just want to fill my life with creativity, family and friends and make the most of each day.”

Her career is quite extraordinary, but if someone had told her at 16 that she’d be doing this as a living now, would she have believed them? “No! I would have hoped they were telling the truth…” she pauses. “But I wouldn’t have believed them for one second. I was very bewildered at 16. I hadn’t got a clue.”

After three decades as one of Britain’s most renowned actresses, Friedman moved into directing them. In recent years she has gained a highly respected reputation as a theatre director, most notably for the Olivier-winning production of Sondheim’s Merrily We Roll Along at the Menier Chocolate Factory, and of Cole Porter’s High Society at The Old Vic, both received fantastic reviews.

Friedman’s feel-good production of Richard Harris’ play Stepping Out is currently playing at the Vaudeville Theatre and stars Amanda Holden. I tell her that I haven’t seen it yet as Amanda Holden makes me feel anxious. “She’s genuinely funny – I wouldn’t be anxious, Carl,” she tells me firmly. “As a director I look to cast slightly older women, because life gets much harder for middle aged actresses. You’ve got a bunch of hilarious and talented people on stage. We are one of the few shows in the West End getting a standing ovation night after night.”

We duly talk about what to expect from one of her concerts. “I hope you would laugh a lot. I can guarantee that you will have an enormous amount of fun. We navigate our way around the bigger emotions: happiness, sadness, love and loss. It’s a real potent mix.”

I ask what, in 2017, a Maria Friedman fan looks like? “Well, it’s really very mixed – because of Joseph and the Technicolour Dreamcoat film I get a lot of young people who are/were fans and those kids grew up,” she says. “I guess there are the real passionate theatre goers and of course the EastEnders lot! It’s so lovely that I get them all in a room together. It feels very much like coming around to my house for a sing song.”

Maria’s concert explores the work of Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim, comparing and contrasting songs from their catalogues, as well as their masterpiece West Side Story. Songs include ‘New York, New York’, ‘I Can Cook Too’, ‘Losing My Mind’ and ‘Send In The Clowns’. On May 28 she will be making a very special appearance in Horsham, for one night only.

“I’d like to encourage people to come and see me perform in Horsham and make music with me. Please come so that other artists like me want to perform there,” she says. “Take a leap of faith.”

Maria Friedman is at the Capitol in Horsham on May 28.

Stepping Out runs at the Vaudeville Theatre until 17 June.

The Old Vic Additional Programming – Voices Off, One Voice and additional programming for Families

ONE VOICE - QUEERS, CURATED BY MARK GATISS
ONE VOICE - QUEERS, CURATED BY MARK GATISS

ONE VOICE – QUEERS, CURATED BY MARK GATISS

The Old Vic today announced new events in its Voices Off and One Voice series’ as well as additional programming for Families. Tickets go on general sale on Friday 5 May at 12pm

The previously announced Cover My Tracks, a new production with live music starring Charlie Fink and Jade Anouka, with music and lyrics by Charlie Fink, book by David Greig and directed by Max Webster, will also be performed on the main stage from Monday 5 to Saturday 17 June at 10pm, as part of Lates at The Old Vic.

ONE VOICE

Monologues funded by the TS Eliot Estate

One Voice celebrates the rawest of theatre forms – a single voice on a stage without scenery, without costume and with nothing to rely on but words. This series of monologues is specially commissioned by The Old Vic with one-off performances from renowned actors.

Queers

Auditorium

Tickets: £10 & £15

Queers marks and celebrates some of the most poignant, funny, tragic and riotous moments of British gay male history over the last century. 50 years since the Sexual Offences Act of 1967 decriminalised private homosexual acts between men aged over 21, this series of eight monologues will be staged across two evenings at The Old Vic.

Queers is curated by Mark Gatiss and produced in partnership with the BBC, with short film versions of the monologues to be screened on BBC Four later this summer. The writers are Matthew Baldwin, Jon Bradfield, Jackie Clune, Michael Dennis, Brian Fillis, Mark Gatiss, Gareth McLean and Keith Jarrett. The monologues will be directed by Mark Gatiss and Old Vic Associate Directors Joe Murphy and Max Webster.

Casting will be announced soon.

VOICES OFF

Voices Off is a series of talks, conversations, debates and workshops which explore the themes raised by the productions on the main stage.

Woyzeck

Fighting Trauma: PTSD and the Military 

Tue 30 May, 5.15pm

Baylis Bar
Tickets: £6

Should the army be doing more to support soldiers, both on active duty and at home? While the Armed Forces Covenant sets out a promise to treat them fairly, what exactly does ‘fair’ mean? Many argue that there still remain large gaps in the care system and PTSD and other psychological trauma are not yet classed as official wounds of war. 

On Nature

In Association with Mishcon de Reya

Thu 15 Jun, 5pm

Auditorium
Tickets: £6

‘Really I don’t like human nature unless all candied over with art’ Virginia Woolf

A panel led by Anthony Julius (Deputy Chairman, Mishcon de Reya) will consider Jack Thorne’s adaptation of Büchner’s Woyzeck in the context of 19 century modernism, culture and psychoanalysis, and consider its presentation of the darker side of human nature. 

This talk marks the launch of The Old Vic’s creative collaboration with Mishcon de Reya LLP, an Associate Sponsor of The Old Vic’s Voices Off series.

On Nurture: How to Make a Difference 

Mon 19 Jun, 5.15pm

Baylis Bar
Tickets: £6

‘If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other’ Mother Teresa

In the face of growing inequality in the UK today, a panel of activists and policy makers discuss what we can do to protect the most vulnerable, to try to ensure no one gets left behind. 

Queers

Queers: The Next 50 Years

Thu 27 Jul, 5.30pm

Rehearsal Room 

Tickets: £6

‘And love is love is love is love is love is love is love is love’ Lin-Manuel Miranda 

On 27 July 1967, the Sexual Offences Act began the decriminalisation process for homosexuality between men. While much has changed since then, how equal are LGBTQ people in the UK today? And are some of the hardest-won liberties now under threat?

On the day of the Act’s 50th anniversary, we will ask what the next 50 years should look like for LGBTQ rights – where do we go from here, and, more importantly, how do we get there?

Girl from the North Country

Can Lyrics be Literature?

Thu 28 Sep, 6pm

Rehearsal Room

Tickets: £6

‘Songwriters are not poets’ Simon Armitage

Did Bob Dylan’s Nobel Prize in Literature win redefine the boundaries of literature? Or do we, by calling it poetry, deny music a place as its own unique art form? A group of poets, musicians and performance artists discuss the relationship between lyrics and poetry. 

FAMILIES

Tales from the Shed

7 Sep – 5 Oct 

Every Thursday at 10am (for schools), 11.15am (for general public), 1.30pm (for schools)

Mark’s Bar

Tickets: £6 | Babies under 6 months go free

Recommended for ages up to 6

Running time: 50 minutes

Chickenshed return to The Old Vic this autumn with their hugely popular Tales from the Shed. This vibrant, interactive show full of colourful puppets, live songs and enchanting stories, is perfect for young children.

Every show is fun, amazingly engaging and has plenty of music and magic. Children are always encouraged to use their imaginations, make lots of noise and be part of the story.

Full casting announced for Girl from the North Country at the Old Vic

Girl From The Country
Girl From The Country

Girl From The Country

Girl from the North Country  is written and directed by Conor McPherson with Music and Lyrics by Bob Dylan,reviews from Monday 10 July 2017, press night Wednesday 26 July 2017

Casting is today announced for Girl from the North Country which previews from Monday 10 July 2017 with a press night on Wednesday 26 July 2017.

The Old Vic is proud to present the world premiere of Girl from the North Country, an electrifying new work from esteemed playwright Conor McPherson along with classic songs from Bob Dylan.

Duluth, Minnesota. 1934.

A community living on a knife-edge huddle together in the local guesthouse.

The owner, Nick, owes more money than he can ever repay, his wife Elizabeth is losing her mind and their daughter Marianne is carrying a child no-one will account for.

And, when a preacher selling bibles and a boxer looking for a comeback show up in the middle of the night, things start to spiral beyond the point of no return…

Brought to life by a 20-piece company of actors and musicians, award-winning playwright Conor McPherson beautifully weaves the iconic songbook of Bob Dylan into this new show full of hope, heartbreak and soul.

You can listen to the company of Girl from the North Country perform extracts from Bob Dylan’s iconic songbook by clicking on the following link: http://www.oldvictheatre.com/whats-on/2017/girl-from-the-north- country/.

Girl from the North Country features a stellar cast:

Sheila Atim plays Marianne Laine. Recent theatre credits include Shakespeare Trilogy (Donmar Warehouse) and Les Blancs (National Theatre). Other theatre credits include Volpone, Love’s Sacrifice, The Jew of Malta  (RSC), Black Lives Black Words – The Interrogation of Sandra Bland (Bush Theatre), Rachel (Finborough Theatre) and Klook’s Last Stand (Park Theatre). Sheila’s television credits include I Live With Models.

Ron Cook plays Doctor Walker. His theatre credits include The Children, Our Country’s Good, The Recruiting Officer, Cloud Nine (Royal Court), Faith Healer, Trelawny of the Wells, Richard II, King Lear, Juno and the Paycock, Glengarry Glen Ross (Donmar Warehouse), The Homecoming (Trafalgar Studios), Henry V (Noel Coward Theatre), Hamlet and Twelfth Night (Wyndham’s Theatre). Ron’s television credits include City and the City, Mr Selfridge, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Silent Witness, Diary of Anne Frank, Dr Who, Funland, The Lost Prince and The Singing Detective. His film credits include Hot Fuzz, The Merchant of Venice, Thunderbirds, 24 Hour Party People, Charlotte Gray, Chocolat, Topsy Turvy and Secrets & Lies.

Bronagh Gallagher plays Mrs Burke. Theatre credits include The Faith Machine, Dublin Carol (Royal Court), Every Good Boy Deserves Favour and War Horse (National Theatre). Film credits include Return to Montauk, Sherlock Holmes, Tamara Drewe, Tristan & Isolde, Last Chance Harvey, The Commitments, Pulp Fiction, Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace. Television credits include You Me and the Apocalypse, The Street, The Accused.

Shirley Henderson plays Elizabeth Laine. Shirley’s career spans film, television and theatre; her extensive theatre credits include Shining Souls (The Old Vic), The Maiden Stone, Lions in the Streets (Hampstead Theatre), My Mother Said I Never Should (Royal Court), Entertaining Strangers, The Winter’s Tale, The Tempest (National Theatre), Eurydice (Chichester Festival), Anna Weiss (Whitehall Theatre), Romeo & Juliet (Citizens Theatre) and The Life of Stuff (Traverse Theatre). On screen, Shirley is best known for films Trainspotting, Bridget Jones and the Harry Potter series, and for her roles in television dramas Frozen and Southcliffe, she won the BAFTA Scotland Award for ‘Best Actress’ in both. Other television credits include Happy Valley, Jamaica Inn, Bob Servant Independent, Death In Paradise, Treasure Island, Crimson Petal and the White, Marple: Murder is Easy, Dr Who, The Taming Of The Shrew and Dirty Filthy Love, and her other film credits include Okja, Never Steady, Never Still, Love Song: Wolf Alice, Urban Hymn, The Tale Of Tales, The Caravan, Set Fire To The Stars, Filth, The Look Of Love, Anna Karenina, Everyday, Wild Child and Marie Antoinette.

Ciaran Hinds plays Nick Laine. Ciaran has worked extensively for the Glasgow Citizens Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company, National Theatre, Donmar Warehouse, Gate Theatre and Abbey Theatre, Dublin. Theatre credits include Hamlet (Barbican), The Night Alive, Assassins (Donmar Warehouse), Juno and The Paycock, Burnt By The Sun, Machinal (National Theatre), Closer (National Theatre and Broadway), The Yalta Game (Gate Theatre), Our Few and Evil Days (Abbey Theatre Dublin), Simpatico (Royal Court) and Richard III (Royal Shakespeare Company). Broadway credits include The Crucible, Cat on A Hot Tin Roof and The Seafarer. Film credits include Bleed for This, Silence, Frozen, The Woman in Black, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, The Debt, The Eclipse, There Will Be Blood, Miami Vice, Munich, Phantom of the Opera, Road to Perdition, Veronica Guerin, Calendar Girls, Tombraider II, The Sun of all Fears and Persuasion. Television credits include Game of Thrones, Political Animals, Above Suspicion, Rome, The Mayor of Casterbridge, Jane Eyre and Persuasion.

Claudia Jolly plays Katherine Draper. A recent graduate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Claudia was recently seen in the BBC adaptation of NW and is soon to appear in the film On Chesil Beach.

Arinzé Kene plays Joe Scott. His theatre credits include One Night In Miami (Donmar Warehouse), Decade (Headlong), Been So Long (Young Vic Theatre), The Lion King (Lyceum Theatre), Daddy Cool (Shaftesbury Theatre) and Torn (Arcola Theatre). Arinzé’s television credits include Crazyhead, Our Girl, Youngers, EastEnders and Casualty. His film credits include Been So Long, The Pass, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and Freestyle.

Debbie Kurup plays Mrs Neilsen. Her theatre credits include The Threepenny Opera (National Theatre), The Bodyguard (Adelphi Theatre), Chicago (Cambridge Theatre and Adelphi Theatre), Sister Act (London Palladium), West Side Story (Prince of Wales Theatre London), Tonight’s The Night (Victoria Palace), Rent (Prince of Wales Theatre and UK), Boogie Nights (Savoy Theatre), Anything Goes (Sheffield Theatres and UK tour), Jack and the Beanstalk (Hackney Empire), East (Leicester Curve), Fame (UK tour), Guys and Dolls (Sheffield Theatres), Pal Joey (Chichester Festival Theatre) and Poison (Tricycle Theatre). Debbie’s film credits include 28 Weeks Later, Hollow, Beauty and Lethality.

Kirsty Malpass is part of the ensemble. Theatre credits include Groundhog Day (The Old Vic), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Lord of the Rings (Theatre Royal Drury Lane), Chariots of Fire (Gielgud Theatre), Jerry Springer: The Opera (Cambridge Theatre), The Sound of Music (UK Tour).

Jim Norton plays Mr Perry. Jim most recently appeared on Broadway as Giles Corey in Ivo van Hove’s production of The Crucible. Jim’s other Broadway credits include Of Mice and Men, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Finian’s Rainbow, The Weir and Dublin Carol. His London theatre credits include Hamlet (Barbican), The Night Alive (Donmar Warehouse), Port Authority (Ambassadors Theatre), The Contractor and The Changing Room (Royal Court) and he worked extensively at the National Theatre from 1975 to 1985. He won both an Olivier and Tony Award for his performance as Richard Harkin in The Seafarer. His film credits include Jimmy’s Hall, Water For Elephants, The Eclipse, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, Driving Lessons, Oyster Farmer, Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets, Straw Dogs, Hidden Agenda and Memoirs of an Invisible Man. Television credits include River, Elementary, Stan, Frasier, Poirot and Star Trek: the Next Generation. Jim has most recently finished playing the role of Binnacle in Walt Disney Picture’s feature film, Mary Poppins Returns.

Tom Peters is part of the ensemble. Theatre credits include The Crucible and Dancing at Lughnasa (The Old Vic), Scenes from an Execution, Travelling Light (National Theatre) and Sheppey (Orange Tree Theatre).

Karl Queensborough is part of the ensemble. Theatre credits include Aladdin and Cinderella (Lyric Hammersmith) and Only The Brave (Soho Theatre). Television credits include Casualty and film credits include 13, Leroy and Broken Glasses.

Sam Reid plays Gene Laine. His theatre credits include ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore (West Yorkshire Playhouse) and One Night In November (Belgrade Theatre). Sam’s television credits include Tennison, Codes of Conduct, Astronauts Wives Club, Miss Marple: Greenshaw’s Folly, Hatfields & McCoys, Whitechapel, Endeavour, Spooks, MI-5 and All Saints. His film credits include Limehouse Golem, 2:22, Despite the Falling Snow, Serena, Tigers, The Riot Club, ’71, Belle and The Railway Man.

Michael Shaeffer plays Reverend Marlowe. Theatre credits include All About My Mother (The Old Vic), The Vote (Donmar Warehouse), How to Hold Your Breath (Royal Court), Little Revolution, Mr Burns (Almeida), Godchild (Hampstead Theatre), Table, London Road, Threepenny Opera (National Theatre) and Jesus Christ Superstar (UK Tour). Television credits include SS-GB, Oasis, Taboo, Grantchester and Game of Thrones, and film credits include Rogue One, London Road and Trance.

Jack Shalloo plays Elias Burke. Theatre credits include Groundhog Day (The Old Vic), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Theatre Royal Drury Lane), The Snow Queen (The Nuffield Theatre), A Clockwork Orange (Stratford East Theatre Royal), Goodbye Barcelona (Arcola Theatre) and Our House (Birmingham Rep and Original UK Tour). Jack’s television credits include People Just Do Nothing, Dickensian, The Interceptor, Doctors, Miranda Hart’s New Year’s Eve Sketch Show, The Man Who Loved The Lakes, EastEnders, Out Of Control, Holby City, The Suspicions of Mr Whicher and The Bill. His film credits include Fit, Kick-Off and Bashment.

Stanley Townsend plays Mr Burke. His theatre credits include The Nether, The Alice Trilogy, The Weir (Royal Court), King Lear, Phedre, Gethsemane, Happy Now, Remember This (National Theatre), The Dead (Abbey Theatre), Broken Glass (Tricycle and Vaudeville Theatres) and A View From The Bridge (Royal Lyceum Edinburgh). Stanley’s television credits include Redwater, The Collection, Galavant, The Tunnel II, The Hollow Crown 2, 24: Live Another Day, New Worlds, Toast, Ripper Street 2, Fleming, Quirke – Christine Falls, Fresh Meat, Mad Dogs III, Call The Midwife, An Appropriate Adult, The Shadow Line, Zen, Sherlock Holmes: A Study in Pink, Ashes to Ashes, New Tricks, Foyle’s War and Spooks. His film credits include The Current War, Florence Foster Jenkins, The Voices, One Chance, Standby, The Physician, Lovely Louise, Hilde, Killing Bono, Water’s Rising, Happy Go Lucky, The Tiger’s Tale, Flawless and The Libertine.

Conor McPherson is an acclaimed writer and director. He was born in Dublin in 1971 and attended University College Dublin where he began to write and direct.

Stage plays include The Nest, The Dance of Death, Rum & Vodka, The Good Thief, This Lime Tree Bower, St Nicholas, The Weir (Olivier, Evening Standard, and Critics Circle Awards), Dublin Carol, Port Authority, Shining City (Tony Award nominated), The Seafarer (Tony, Olivier and Evening Standard Award nominated), The Veil, The Night Alive (New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play, Olivier, Evening Standard and Lucille Lortel Award nominated).

Television credits include Quirke (Irish Film & Television Academy Award for Best Drama) and the upcoming programme Paula.

For film, Conor wrote and directed The Eclipse (Irish Film & Television Academy Award for Best Script), and has written the screenplays for upcoming films Artemis Fowl, Double Cross and Strangers.

Bob Dylan is one of our culture’s most influential and ground-breaking artists. Born in Duluth, Minnesota in 1941; self-taught on piano, guitar and harmonica, he travelled to New York City in 1961, quickly establishing himself as an explosive performer in the Greenwich Village music scene. More than half a century later, Dylan continues to perform almost 100 concerts each year. He has released more than 50 albums and written over 600 songs. He’s sold more than 125 million records and is the holder of 11 Grammy Awards. His songs have been covered more than 6000 times by artists as diverse as Duke Ellington, Jimi Hendrix, Guns N’ Roses, Stevie Wonder, Bob Marley and Adele. He is also an accomplished visual artist and author, and in 2016 was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature – the first songwriter to receive such a distinction.

Cast list: Sheila Atim (Marianne Laine), Ron Cook (Doctor Walker), Bronagh Gallagher (Mrs Burke), Shirley Henderson (Elizabeth Laine), Ciaran Hinds (Nick Laine), Claudia Jolly (Katherine Draper), Arinzé Kene (Joe Scott), Debbie Kurup (Mrs Neilsen), Kirsty Malpass (Ensemble), Jim Norton (Mr Perry), Tom Peters (Ensemble), Karl Queensborough (Ensemble), Sam Reid (Gene Laine), Michael Shaeffer (Reverend Marlowe), Jack Shalloo (Elias Burke), and Stanley Townsend (Mr Burke).

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead extends until Sat 6 May, and New Voices Off Events announced

Due to popular demand, The Old Vic has announced that Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead will extend by one week until Sat 6 May.Tickets will go on sale at 12pm today (Mon 27 Mar).

In addition to the extra week of performances, The Old Vic announces two Voices Off events in connection with Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead. Daniel Radcliffe and Joshua McGuire will be in conversation on stage on Tue 2 May and The Old Vic hosts The School of Life: How to Face Death on 29 Apr, a workshop on death and how we might think about this complex topic without experiencing it for ourselves.

As previously announced Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead will also be broadcast live from The Old Vic to cinemas around the UK on 20 Apr 2017 as part of NT Live.

ROSENCRANTZ & GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD

By Tom Stoppard

Directed by David Leveaux

Starring Daniel Radcliffe, Joshua McGuire and David Haig

Until Sat 6 May 2017

Mon – Sat 7.30pm; Wed & Sat 2.30pm

 Captioned Performance: Thu 6 Apr 7.30pm

Audio Described Performance: Tue 4 Apr 7.30pm, touch tour 6pm

 

VOICES OFF

 Daniel Radcliffe and Joshua McGuire in conversation

Tue 2 May, 5pm

TICKETS: £6

 

The School of Life: How to Face Death

Sat 29 Apr, 11.30am

TICKETS: £8

Public booking for Voices Off opens on Mon 3 Apr

The Divide, a new play by Alan Ayckbourn, to open at The Old Vic this autumn following its premiere at the Edinburgh International Festival

The Old Vic
The Old Vic

The Old Vic © Manuel Harlan

The Old Vic today announces that The Divide, a new play by Alan Ayckbourn, will open at The Old Vic this autumn following its premiere at the Edinburgh International Festival.

 The Divide is a tale for our own turbulent times that unflinchingly explores a dystopian society of repression, insurrection and forbidden love. The show is directed by Annabel Bolton, an associate director of The Old Vic, and will be presented in two parts.

 The Divide runs at the King’s Theatre as part of the Edinburgh International Festival over a two-week run (8 August to 20 August 2017) before opening at The Old Vic. The Old Vic has a long history with the International Festival, having performed at the inaugural Edinburgh International Festival in 1947 and many times in the following decade.

 Artistic Director Matthew Warchus comments,

 ‘The Old Vic was in residence at the very first Edinburgh International Festival and it’s with great pleasure and hugely fitting that we celebrate our respective milestones by collaborating again to co-produce the world premiere of Alan Ayckbourn’s ambitious and exciting new work, The Divide.’

THE DIVIDE

By Alan Ayckbourn

Directed by Annabel Bolton

Design by Laura Hopkins

Music composed by Christopher Nightingale

Lighting by David Plater

Sound by Bobby Aitken

Video by Ash J Woodward

Casting by Jessica Ronane CDG

The Old Vic presents The Missing Light, an enchanting puppetry show for ages 7+ about hopes, dreams and true friendship, created by Mark Arends for Make Mend and Do.

The Missing Light
The Missing Light

The Missing Light

‘You’re never too old for hopes and dreams… there’s always time for plans and schemes.’

As part of its programme for families, The Old Vic is pleased to present The Missing Light, an enchanting puppetry show for ages 7+ about hopes, dreams and true friendship, created by Mark Arends for Make Mend and Do.

When Warple moves into a small fishing village by the seaside, he discovers his neighbour, Hilda, looking out towards the horizon each night, searching for a glimpse of her long-lost husband. When loneliness, curiosity and a far-off flickering light brings them together, the two elderly friends embark on a surprising journey to reconcile their pasts and find what might lie within their futures.

Using music, puppetry and film, the company work together to create enchanting animation live on stage.

The Missing Light is a daytime production and will play on the main stage.

Samantha Arends’ theatre credits include The Magic Flute (ENO / London Coliseum), Rumpelstiltskin (Norwich Puppet Theatre), In The Night Garden Live (UK Tour), At the End of Everything Else (Liverpool Everyman / Egg Theatre Bath / BAC) and Something Very Far Away (Unicorn / International Tour).

Sam Clark’s recent theatre credits include War Horse (National Theatre), A Dog’s Heart (ENO in collaboration with Complicite) and The Butterfly Lion (Mercury Theatre).

David Emmings’ theatre credits include The Elephantom (National Theatre / West End), War Horse (West End), Emily Rising (Little Angel Theatre), Sleeping Beauty (Bristol Old Vic), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Bristol Old Vic), Raymond Briggs’ Father Christmas (Lyric Hammersmith), Something Very Far Away (Unicorn / International Tour) and The Confetti Maker (New Diorama Theatre). He has also appeared in the films The Homeless Polar Bear, Sherlock Holmes and Alice.

Mark Arends founded and runs Make Mend and Do Theatre Company. His previous work as a writer / director includes Something Very Far Away (Unicorn / International Tour) and At The End Of Everything Else (Unicorn / BAC / International Tour). As an actor he has worked in theatres across London, the UK and Europe. Recent work includes the title role in Hamlet (Trafalgar Studios), originating the role of Winston Smith in 1984 (Headlong / Almeida) and the role of Proteus in The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Royal Shakespeare Company).

Claire Harvey is a puppeteer, designer and vocalist. She has puppeteered for various theatre and film organisations in the UK and abroad including Make Mend and Do, Little Angel Theatre, Polka, & Lucasfilm. Her puppet & set design credits include The Wheelabout Theatre (National Theatre), Bluebeard (Milk Presents), The Ordinaries… In an Awkward Silence, Lilly Through The Dark, AngelRust, The Terrible Tales of The Midnight Chorus, Little Matter and Rum Culls & Ragwater (The River People).

Declan Randall is a lighting designer. His lighting designs for Theatre, Opera, Musicals and Dance have been seen throughout the UK, as well as in Europe, USA, Canada, South Africa, Asia and Australia. His credits include Henry V, Othello, Macbeth, Richard III (Guildford Shakespeare company), Tobacco and the Harmful Effects Thereof (Amsterdam), Sister Act, Full Moon (Nelson Mandela Theatre), Man of Steal (Menier Chocolate Factory), Noisy Neighbours (Egg Bath), Something Very Far Away (Unicorn / International Tour), At the End of Everything Else (Unicorn / BAC / International Tour), La Cour de Célimene, Gianni di Parigi, Maria (Wexford), Acis & Galatea, Don Giovanni, Madame Butterfly (Mid Wales Opera).

Writer & Director Mark Arends
Puppetry Designer Claire Harvey
Lighting Designer Declan Randall
Puppeteers/Devisors Samantha Arends, Sam Clark, David Emmings

Original Music Written and Performed by Mark Arends.