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Casting announced for Kiki’s Delivery Service at Southwark Playhouse

Kiki's Delivery Service
Kiki's Delivery Service

Kiki’s Delivery Service

Kiki is back! Following a critically acclaimed, sold-out festive run at Southwark Playhouse, Kiki’s Delivery Service returns to The Large for a limited summer season.

Kiki is a 13 year old witch and, as tradition dictates, it is time for her to leave home and family to make a new life for herself. Equipped with her ability to fly and accompanied by Jiji, her faithful feline companion, she sets out to find a place where she can use her powers for the greater good and that one day she might call home.

A magical tale of growing up and finding acceptance, Kiki’s Delivery Service is a story for everyone aged 7 and up.

Kiki’s Delivery Service is adapted from the bestselling and award-winning book by Japanese author Eiko Kadono. The book has previously been adapted in to a live action film and most notably an award winning animation by Studio Ghibli. This world premiere of the stage adaptation played at Southwark Playhouse for five weeks over Christmas 2016 where it was the best-selling play in the theatre’s history.

KIKI’S DELIVERY SERVICE

Based on the book by Eiko Kadono.
Adapted for the stage by Jessica Siân. Directed by Kate Hewitt. Design by Simon Bejer.
Lighting design by Elliot Griggs. Sound design by Max Pappenheim. Video design by Andrzej Goulding.
Cast: Matthew Durkan. Thomas Gilbey. Jennifer Leong. Kanako Nakano. Charleen Qwaye. Stevie Raine

Press performance: Tuesday 15 August 2017 at 3pm and 7.30pm
Run: Thursday 10 August 2017 – Sunday 3 September 2017

★★★★ ‘Kiki’s adventure definitely delivers.’ Time Out

★★★★ ‘I loved every minute of it.’ Whatsonstage

★★★★ ‘Miaow!’ The Times

Stella Gonet to star in the first London revival in 10 years of John Patrick Shanley’s “Doubt, A Parable”

Stella Gonet Photo Paul Nicholas Dyke

Stella Gonet Photo Paul Nicholas Dyke

Stella Gonet Photo Paul Nicholas Dyke


Stella Gonet is to star in Doubt, A Parable by John Patrick Shanley one of the most acclaimed plays in recent memory.
Playing Sister Aloysius Beauvier, a conservative head nun and school principal who questions a priest’s ambiguous relationship with a troubled young student, Stella said: “I was so excited to read this play. It is an amazing, page turning, perfectly paced thriller, with brilliantly written roles. The chance to pull out the complex strands of Sister Aloysius and examine them, that certainty of hers, the shaking of that certainty, it’s the sort of challenge you hope to get at least once in your career.”

Stella is a hugely experienced stage and screen actress with many starring roles at the National Theatre (Skylight, Racing Demon and Ophelia in Hamlet opposite Daniel Day-Lewis), the RSC and West End (most recently she played Mrs Thatcher in the Olivier Award-winning Handbagged), who became a household name for her lead role in the BBC1 fashion drama The House of Elliott, that ran three years and was watched by 12million people.

Doubt, A Parable, directed by Ché Walker, is to get it’s first London revival in 10 years at Southwark Playhouse from Wednesday 6 September to Saturday 30 September.

Press night is Friday 8 September at 7.30pm.

Winning 4 Tony Awards including Best Play, named Best Play by the New York Drama Critics’ Circle, Best New Play (Drama Desk Awards) and Outstanding Play (Lucille Lortel Awards). Doubt, A Parable won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. The subsequent Hollywood film starring Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams and Viola Davis, received 4 Oscar and 3 BAFTA nominations.

Doubt, A Parable is produced by Making Productions & Graffiti Productions in association with MBL Productions and ProdUse Theatre.

THE STORY

“What do you do when you’re not sure?” asks Father Flynn, the progressive and beloved priest at the St. Nicholas Church School in the Bronx, in his sermon. It’s 1964, and things are changing, to the chagrin of rigid principal Sister Aloysius. However, when an unconscionable accusation is levelled against the Father, Sister Aloysius realises that the only way to get justice is to create it herself. And as for the truth of the matter? As Father Flynn says, “Doubt can be a bond as powerful and sustaining as certainty.” In stunning prose, John Patrick Shanley delves into the murky shadows of moral certainty, his characters always balancing on the thin line between truth and consequences.

Doubt, A Parable is an exquisite, potent drama that raises questions and answer none, leaving the audience to grapple with the discomfort of their uncertainties.

THE CAST

Stella Gonet (Sister Aloysius Beauvier)
Trained at Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. Theatre includes: Ladi Hasi in In The Depths of Dead Love (The Print Room), Nancy in Human Animals and Hilary in Hope (Royal Court Theatre), T in Handbagged (West End and Tricycle Theatre), Blanche in Before the Party (Almeida Theatre), Women, Power and Politics (Tricycle Theatre), Charlotte in A Further Education and Lemarchand in Hilda (Hampstead Theatre), Mary in Memory of Water (Vaudeville), Charlotte in For Services Rendered and Isabella Bird/Joyce/Mrs Kidd in Top Girls
(Chichester Festival Theatre), Kyra in Skylight (National Theatre & West End), Isabella in Measure for Measure, Greta in After Easter,
Hippolita/Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Angelique/Louise in Divine Gossip, Iraena in Three Sisters, Castiza in The Revenger’s Tragedy, Bellamira in The Jew of Malta, Liz in Fashion, Birdie in Heresies and Irena in The Archbishop’s Ceiling (RSC), Frances in Racing Demon, Arte I’neal in The Shaughraun, Alice in The Voysey Inheritance, Ophelia in Hamlet, Phil in True Dare Kiss and Command or Promise (National Theatre), Roxane in Cyrano de Bergerac (Haymarket Theatre), Platinum Sue in Trafford Tanzi (Mermaid Theatre) and Bernardette in Slab Boy Trilogy (Traverse Theatre & Royal Court). TV includes: Man Down, The Crown, Humans, Siblings, Father Brown, Hacks, Lewis, Mo Mowlem, Holby City, Rebus, Roman Mysteries, Persuasion, Dalziel and Pascoe, Mysterious Murders, Murder in Suburbia, Taggart, Inspector Lynley Mysteries, Foyle’s War, Midsomer Murders, The Secret, Verdict, Supply & Demand, The Crow Road, Trip Trap (RTS Best Actress Award), The House of Eliott, The Common Pursuit, Heading Home, Down Where the Buffalo Go, and The Shutter Falls. Film includes: How I Live Now, Dirty Bomb, Nicholas Nickleby, Stalin and For Queen and Country.

Clare Latham (Sister James)
Clare trained at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting in New York (New York University – Tisch School of the Arts) and Drama Centre.
London theatre includes: Danny And The Deep Blue Sea (Southwark Playhouse – Off West End Award Nomination Best Female), the world premiere of Don’t Smoke In Bed and UK premiere of Blue Surge (Finborough Theatre), the UK premiere of Tennessee Williams’ Green Eyes – The Hotel Plays (Defibrillator at The Grange Hotel), Juliet in Romeo & Juliet, The Talented Mr Ripley, Joan Of Arc, Mörder, Strindberg’s Apartment (The Faction Theatre Co.), The Ones (Arts Theatre), Intelligence (Arcola Theatre), Bradley/Chelsea/Nameless (Theatre503), Crave, A Doll’s House Revisited, and At The Broken Places (Savio(u)r Theatre Company), The Skin Of Our Teeth and The Typists (LOST Theatre).
Film and TV includes: Suspicion (Discovery),The Films I Hate and Pan Fried. New York theatre includes: Richard III (Orb Theatre), and directing and producing Been So Long by Ché Walker. Clare is a core ensemble member of The Faction Theatre Company.

Jo Martin (Mrs Muller )
Theatre credits include: Trade (The Young Vic) The Rolling Stone (Orange Tree), The Westbridge (Royal Court), Everything Must Go (Soho Theatre), Family Man, Ready or Not, Funny Black Women on the Edge and Eldarado (Theatre Royal Stratford East), Frontline
(Shakespeare’s Globe), Noughts and Crosses, Don Carlos and Oronooko (RSC), Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands (Dende Collective/ Lyric  Hammersmith), and Coyote on a Fence (Royal Exchange, Manchester/Duchess Theatre). TV credits include:  Johnathan Creek, Our Ex Wife, Still Open all Hours, Together, EastEnders, Emmerdale, Hollyoaks, Casualty, Top Boy, Wizards vs. Aliens, Holby City, The Culshaw and Stephenson Show, Katy Brand Big Arse Show and The Crouches. Film credits include: NW, A Hundred Streets, Dragonfly, Chalet Girls, 4 3 2 1, Batman Begins and Jolly Boys Last Stand.

Jonathan Chambers (Father Brendan Flynn)
Jonathan trained at the Arts Educational Schools and The Royal Academy of Music. Theatre Includes: Chigger Foot Boys (Tara Arts), Jeremy Corbyn, The Motorcycle Diaries (Waterloo East), Going Up (Dublin LGBT Theatre Festival), Make and Model (Bush Theatre), Macbeth (Shakespeare’s Globe), The Lightning Child (Shakespeare’s Globe), The Atheist (St James Theatre Studio & The Lion and Unicorn Theatre), Danny and the Deep Blue Sea (Southwark Playhouse), The Ballad of Benny Junior (Riverside Studios), The Legend of Bella Rosa (Tristan Bates Theatre), Living Under One Roof (Nottingham Concert Hall), Incendiary (Oval House). Film Includes: Throw of a Dice (CVS Films).

John Patrick Shanley  (Playwright)
John Patrick Shanley is from The Bronx. His plays include Prodigal Son, Outside Mullingar (Tony nomination), Danny and the Deep Blue Sea, Savage in Limbo, Italian-American Reconciliation, Welcome to the Moon, Four Dogs and a Bone, Dirty Story, Defiance, and Beggars in the House of Plenty. His theatrical work is performed extensively across the United States and around the world. For his play, Doubt, he received both the Tony Award and the Pulitzer Prize. In the arena of screenwriting, he has nine films to his credit, most recently Doubt, with Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams, and Viola Davis; Doubt, directed by Mr. Shanley, was nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Adapted Screenplay. Other films include Five Corners (Special Jury Prize, Barcelona Film Festival), Alive, Joe Versus the Volcano (which he also directed), and Live From Baghdad for HBO (Emmy nomination). For his script of Moonstruck he received both the Writers Guild of America Award and an Academy Award for best original screenplay. In 2009, The Writers Guild of America awarded
Mr. Shanley the Lifetime Achievement In Writing.

Ché Walker  (Director)
Ché Walker (Director) studied acting at the Webber Douglas Academy in London (1989-1992) graduating with Distinction and at WAC (1998), and has worked with Edward Bond, Dennis Potter, Philip Ridley, Mark Ravenhill and Ricky Gervais, among others. His first play, Been So Long, premiered at the Royal Court Theatre in 1998 and was runner-up for both the Meyer-Whitworth and the John Whitting Award before being translated and performed in Sweden, Denmark, Germany, New Zealand and Australia. His play, Flesh Wound, premiered at the Royal Court in 2003 and won the George Devine Award for Most Promising Playwright. Ché won the Peter Brook Award (Mark Marvin Rent Subsidy Award) for his plays Crazy Love and Burnt Up Love. Ché’s musical version of Been So Long was a nominee for The Ned Sherrin Award for Best Musical in the Evening Standard Theatre Awards 2009. He was Associate Artist, BushTheatre 2012-2014.  Directing includes: His Greatness, Fog, Blue Surge, Etta Jenks (Finborough Theatre),  Danny And The Deep Blue Sea (Southwark Playhouse), Little Baby Jesus, Estate Walls, Oval House. Lovesong (ETT Tours), Been So Long The Musical (Young Vic/ English Touring Theatre),  Glory Of Living (Battersea Arts Centre). Films include: Been So Long (Shimmer Productions/ UK Film Council), Blaz Gettin Paid (Norma Heyman Films) Love Is Blindness, (Julia Ormond producing for Indicam Production). Writing includes The Lightning Child, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. The 8th in collaboration with Paul Heaton, Manchester International Festival, Barbican Centre, UK Tour 2012. Lovesong, Pleasance Dome, Crucible Sheffield, Manchester Royal Exchange, Albany Empire (nominated for Best Book, Music Matters 2010) Been So Long The Musical, Young Vic June (Winner Music Matters Judge’s Award, nominated Evening Standard Best Musical, WhatsOnStage.com Best New Musical 2009) The Frontline, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. Crazy Love, Paines Plough/Oran Mor. Flesh Wound, Royal Court Theatre (Winner of the 2003 George Devine Award for Most Promising Playwright, Winner Arts Council Promising Young Writer Award 2003) Been So Long, Royal Court Theatre, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, New Zealand, New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Minnesota. Car Thieves (Translation) National Theatre Studio/ Birmingham.

Making Productions  (Producer)
Making Productions produced the critically acclaimed Shutters (Park Theatre) followed by the hugely successful Strindberg play The Father (Trafalgar Studios, co produced with Jagged Fence), Disaster! (Charing Cross Theatre), Bug (Found111, Associate Producer), and West End Bares  (Novello Theatre). Current work also includes the 35th anniversary production of Coming Clean, Kevin Elyot’s first play and Outlaws to In-laws, written by 7 writers to mark the 50th anniversary of the Wolfenden Report, both at the King’s Head Theatre.

Graffiti Productions (Producer)
Graffiti Productions produced the critically acclaimed Danny and the Deep Blue Sea, also by JPS and directed by Che Walker at Southwark Playhouse in 2011.  In 2012 and 2013, Graffiti produced The Atheist, by Ronan Noone, directed by Hugh Ross at the Old Red Lion and the St James Studio.

MBL Productions  (Associate Producer)
Mary J. Davis and MBL Productions, Inc. New York productions: Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812; Disaster! by Seth Rudetsky and Jack Plotnick (on and off Broadway, concert in London); Pressing Matters by Jennifer Jasper; Jackob Hoffman’s PERSISTENT MEMORY; COAL (confessions of a liar) by David Brian Colbert; James Wesley’s UNBROKEN CIRCLE; Susan Charlotte’s WHEN TRUTH IS NOT ENOUGH (also in Philadelphia); SHE’S OF A CERTAIN AGE (directed by Antony Marsellis); New York premiere of Tennessee William’s THE PRETTY TRAP; THE SHOEMAKER (starring Danny Aiello). Co-producer: James Wesley’s ART & SCIENCE (Uptown Theater, Dallas). Upcoming Productions: M. BUTTERFLY with Clive Owens on Broadway Fall 2017.

ProdUse Theatre (Associate Producer)
“Inspiring the world to change itself.” ProdUse was born out of the desire of two artists to be creative enablers, to become an ideas network for imaginative people who dare to think differently; telling the untold stories, igniting our innate humanity. ProdUse intends to challenge current systems and look towards a more sustainable, empathic, efficient way of creating inclusive, nourishing dynamic networks for change and playful experience. While theatre is community, it is also communion. It is our policy to have a social-political element to each piece and an appropriate reciprocal engagement with our environment. We dU it differently.

LISTINGS INFO

DOUBT, A PARABLE 
by John Patrick Shanley
Wednesday 6 September to Saturday 30 September.
Press night 
Friday 8 September at 7.30pm

THE LARGE
SOUTHWARK PLAYHOUSE
77-85 Newington Causeway
London
SE1 6BD

Monday – Saturday at 7.30pm
Matinees Tuesday & Saturday at 3.00pm
Running Time 85 mins without interval

Tickets:
£20  £16 concessions
£12 preview performances

Concession prices are available Mon-Thu
and for all matinee performances.

www.southwarkplayhouse.co.uk

Stephen Schwartz Meets the Company of WORKING at Southwark Playhouse

Stephen Schwartz (front centre) with the company of Working, Southwark Playhouse, 26.6.17
Stephen Schwartz (front centre) with the company of Working, Southwark Playhouse, 26.6.17

Stephen Schwartz (front centre) with the company of Working, Southwark Playhouse, 26.6.17

Completing the cast of the European Premiere of WORKING at Southwark Playhouse are six young performers all making their professional debuts. Patrick Coulter (Bird College of Dance), Nicola Espallardo (Guildford School of Acting), Izuka Hoyle, Luke Latchman, Huon Mackley (all Arts Educational Schools, London) and Kerri Norville (Bird College of Dance) will join the previously announced Gillian Bevan, Dean Chisnall, Krysten Cummings, Siubhan Harrison, Peter Polycarpou and Liam Tamne.

WORKING opens on 7 June 2017, with previews from 2 June, for a strictly limited season ending 8 July 2017, and is directed by Luke Sheppard.

The musical’s creative team has auditioned over 130 drama school students and aspiring young performers, discovering some of the most exciting upcoming musical theatre talent. With the support of Arts Council England and Unity Theatre Trust, the production will also host workshops for young people in Southwark and Lambeth interested in entering the theatre profession.

Luke Sheppard said of the new company members, “I’m thrilled we are able to welcome these graduates to our company. They are integral to the vision of our production. I hope that this opportunity reflects a fundamental theme of the piece: a new generation asking questions of those who have trod the career path that lies ahead, holding a mirror up to the changing landscape of employment.”

Producer Ramin Sabi said, “We are so grateful to Arts Council England for supporting our endeavour to provide professional opportunities to young people who face so many challenges when entering the world of work. Their grant has helped us to include these actors on the same equal footing as the whole cast and creative team, in accordance with our company’s commitment to Equity’s Professionally Made Professionally Paid campaign.”

WORKING is the extraordinary genre-defining musical from Grammy and Academy Award-winner Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Godspell) based on Studs Terkel’s best-selling book of interviews with the American workforce: Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do. The show has been adapted by Stephen Schwartz and Nina Faso, the creators of Godspell and Rags, with additional contributions by Gordon Greenberg.

This highly original and universal portrait of the American workday is told from the perspective of those that the world so often overlooks – the schoolteacher, the housewife, the fireman and the waitress, amongst many – whose daily grind and aspirations reflect the truths of the people that make up a nation.  WORKING employs a range of musical styles and genres from contributing composers, including five-time Grammy Award-winner James Taylor and Pulitzer Prize-winner Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton, In The Heights), as well as Craig Carnelia, Micki Grant, Mary Rodgers & Susan Birkenhead.

WORKING first opened on Broadway in 1978, under the direction of Stephen Schwartz, with a cast including Patti LuPone, Bob Gunton, Joe Mantegna, David Patrick Kelly and Rex Everhart. The show has since undergone several revisions, with additional songs by Lin-Manuel Miranda being introduced in 2009. WORKING was last performed off-Broadway in December 2012, under the direction of Gordon Greenberg (Holiday Inn, Guys and Dolls, Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris).

WORKING will have Choreography by Fabian Aloise, Set Design by Jean Chan, Costume Design by Gabriella Slade, Lighting Design by Nic Farman and Sound Design by Tom Marshall, with Musical Supervision by Alex Parker, Musical Direction by Isaac McCullough and Casting by Will Burton CDG.

The new production at Southwark Playhouse is performed by arrangement with Music Theatre International (Europe) Limited.

WORKING is produced by Jack Maple, Ramin Sabi, Christopher Ketner, & D.E.M. Productions.

LISTINGS INFORMATION

2 June – 8 July

Southwark Playhouse

77-85 Newington Causeway

London SE1 6BD

Performance Times:

Monday – Friday 7.30pm

Saturday 3.00pm & 7.30pm

N.B Tuesday 4 July – Additional matinee at 3pm

Tickets: £25 and £20 concessions (from £14 during previews)

Box Office:  020 7407 0234

Website:  southwarkplayhouse.co.uk  / www.workingthemusical.co.uk

Facebook: www.facebook.com/SouthwarkPlayhouse

Twitter: @WorkingMusical

First Look: Production Images for the European Premiere of Stephen Schwartz’s WORKING

Rehearsal Photos for the European Premiere of Stephen Schwartz’s WORKING

Stephen Schwartz’s WORKING Gives Drama Students Professional Debuts

WORKING
WORKING

WORKING

Completing the cast of the European Premiere of WORKING at Southwark Playhouse are six young performers all making their professional debuts. Patrick Coulter (Bird College of Dance), Nicola Espallardo (Guildford School of Acting), Izuka Hoyle, Luke Latchman, Huon Mackley (all Arts Educational Schools, London) and Kerri Norville (Bird College of Dance) will join the previously announced Gillian Bevan, Dean Chisnall, Krysten Cummings, Siubhan Harrison, Peter Polycarpou and Liam Tamne.

WORKING opens on 7 June 2017, with previews from 2 June, for a strictly limited season ending 8 July 2017, and is directed by Luke Sheppard.

The musical’s creative team has auditioned over 130 drama school students and aspiring young performers, discovering some of the most exciting upcoming musical theatre talent. With the support of Arts Council England and Unity Theatre Trust, the production will also host workshops for young people in Southwark and Lambeth interested in entering the theatre profession.

Luke Sheppard said of the new company members, “I’m thrilled we are able to welcome these graduates to our company. They are integral to the vision of our production. I hope that this opportunity reflects a fundamental theme of the piece: a new generation asking questions of those who have trod the career path that lies ahead, holding a mirror up to the changing landscape of employment.”

Producer Ramin Sabi said, “We are so grateful to Arts Council England for supporting our endeavour to provide professional opportunities to young people who face so many challenges when entering the world of work. Their grant has helped us to include these actors on the same equal footing as the whole cast and creative team, in accordance with our company’s commitment to Equity’s Professionally Made Professionally Paid campaign.”

WORKING is the extraordinary genre-defining musical from Grammy and Academy Award-winner Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Godspell) based on Studs Terkel’s best-selling book of interviews with the American workforce: Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do. The show has been adapted by Stephen Schwartz and Nina Faso, the creators of Godspell and Rags, with additional contributions by Gordon Greenberg.

 This highly original and universal portrait of the American workday is told from the perspective of those that the world so often overlooks – the schoolteacher, the housewife, the fireman and the waitress, amongst many – whose daily grind and aspirations reflect the truths of the people that make up a nation.  WORKING employs a range of musical styles and genres from contributing composers, including five-time Grammy Award-winner James Taylor and Pulitzer Prize-winner Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton, In The Heights), as well as Craig Carnelia, Micki Grant, Mary Rodgers & Susan Birkenhead.

WORKING first opened on Broadway in 1978, under the direction of Stephen Schwartz, with a cast including Patti LuPone, Bob Gunton, Joe Mantegna, David Patrick Kelly and Rex Everhart. The show has since undergone several revisions, with additional songs by Lin-Manuel Miranda being introduced in 2009. WORKING was last performed off-Broadway in December 2012, under the direction of Gordon Greenberg (Holiday Inn, Guys and Dolls, Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris).

WORKING will have Choreography by Fabian Aloise, Set Design by Jean Chan, Costume Design by Gabriella Slade, Lighting Design by Nic Farman and Sound Design by Tom Marshall, with Musical Supervision by Alex Parker, Musical Direction by Isaac McCullough and Casting by Will Burton CDG.

The new production at Southwark Playhouse is performed by arrangement with Music Theatre International (Europe) Limited.

WORKING is produced by Jack Maple, Ramin Sabi, Christopher Ketner, & D.E.M. Productions.

LISTINGS INFORMATION

2 June – 8 July

Southwark Playhouse
77-85 Newington Causeway
London SE1 6BD

Performance Times:
MondayFriday 7.30pm
Saturday 3.00pm & 7.30pm
N.B Tuesday 4 July – Additional matinee at 3pm

Tickets: £25 and £20 concessions (from £14 during previews)

Box Office:  020 7407 0234

Website:  southwarkplayhouse.co.uk  / www.workingthemusical.co.uk
Facebook: www.facebook.com/SouthwarkPlayhouse
Twitter: @WorkingMusical

Principal Cast Announced for European Premiere of WORKING

Gillian Bevan, Dean Chisnall, Krysten Cummings, Siubhan Harrison, Peter Polycarpou and Liam Tamne will lead the cast of the European Premiere of WORKING, directed by Luke Sheppard, with choreography by Fabian Aloise. WORKING will open at Southwark Playhouse on 7 June 2017, with previews from 2 June, for a strictly limited season ending 8 July 2017. Further casting to be announced.

Gillian Bevan played regular Clare Hunter in the Channel 4 series Teachers. Her other TV credits include recurring roles in Holby City (BBC1) and Doctors (BBC 1). Gillian recently played the title role in the RSC’s production of Cymbeline. Her previous theatre credits include the Witch in Into the Woods (Manchester Royal Exchange), Mrs Wilkinson in Billy Elliot (West End), Polonia in Hamlet (Manchester Royal Exchange) and Road Show (Menier Chocolate Factory).

Krysten Cummings originated the role of Mimi Marquez in the West End production of Rent, for which she received an Olivier Award nomination. She also played the role on Broadway. She most recently appeared in the Arena Tour of Jesus Christ Superstar.

Dean Chisnall is currently playing the Narrator in Blood Brothers (UK Tour). His previous theatre credits include the title role in Shrek the Musical (Theatre Royal Drury Lane & National Tour), LoveNever Dies (Adelphi Theatre), La Cage Aux Folles (Playhouse Theatre) and Never Forget (Savoy).

Siubhan Harrison most recently starred as Sarah Brown in Guys and Dolls (Savoy and Phoenix Theatres). Her other notable theatre credits include Lorene in From Here to Eternity (Shaftesbury Theatre), Sally Simpson in Tommy (Prince Edward Theatre) and Rizzo in Grease (Piccadilly Theatre).

Peter Polycarpou has a wide range of theatre, TV and film credits to his name. He recently appeared as Buddy Fiddler in City of Angels (Donmar Warehouse), Nathan Detroit in Guys and Dolls (Chichester Festival Theatre) & Inspector Messiter in The Magistrate (National Theatre). Peter was part of the original casts of Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil’s Les Misérables and Miss Saigon and played Ali Hakim in the National Theatre’s Olivier Award-winning stage and film production of Oklahoma! alongside Hugh Jackman and Maureen Lipman. Peter played regular Chris Theodopolopodous in BBC 1’s Birds of a Feather from 1990-1994 and appeared in the film adaptation of Evita starring Madonna, as well as the 2004 musical film De-Lovely.

Liam Tamne most recently starred as Frank N Furter in Rocky Horror Picture Show (UK Tour). His other theatre credits include Raoul, in The Phantom of the Opera (Her Majesty’s Theatre), Enjolras in Les Misérables (The Queen’s Theatre) and Link Larkin in Hairspray (Shaftesbury Theatre). Liam was part of team Will.I.Am on BBC’s The Voice in 2013.

WORKING is the extraordinary genre-defining musical from Grammy and Academy Award-winner Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Godspell) based on Studs Terkel’s best-selling book of interviews with the American workforce: Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do. The show has been adapted by Stephen Schwartz and Nina Faso, the creators of Godspell and Rags, with additional contributions by Gordon Greenberg.

 This highly original and universal portrait of the American workday is told from the perspective of those that the world so often overlooks – the schoolteacher, the housewife, the fireman and the waitress amongst many – whose daily grind and aspirations reflect the truths of the people that make up a nation.  WORKING employs a range of musical styles and genres from contributing composers, including five-time Grammy Award-winner James Taylor and Pulitzer Prize-winner Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton, In The Heights) as well as Craig Carnelia, Micki Grant, Mary Rodgers & Susan Birkenhead.

WORKING first opened on Broadway in 1978, under the direction of Stephen Schwartz, with a cast including Patti LuPone, Bob Gunton, Joe Mantegna, David Patrick Kelly and Rex Everhart. The show has since undergone several revisions, with additional songs by Lin-Manuel Miranda being introduced in 2009. WORKING was last performed off-Broadway in December 2012, under the direction of Gordon Greenberg (Holiday InnGuys and Dolls, Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris).

WORKING will have Set Design by Jean Chan, Costume Design by Gabriella Slade, Lighting Design by Nic Farman and Sound Design by Tom Marshall with Musical Supervision by Alex Parker, Musical Direction by Isaac McCullough and Casting by Will Burton CDG.

The new production at Southwark Playhouse is performed by arrangement with Music Theatre International (Europe) Limited.

WORKING is produced by Jack Maple, Ramin Sabi & D.E.M. Productions.

Full casting announced for Defibrillator’s major new revival of Sam Shepard’s A Lie of the Mind

Lie of the Mind
Lie of the Mind

Lie of the Mind

With their critically acclaimed production of Stephen Karam’s Speech & Debate running at the Trafalgar Studios, Defibrillator Artistic Director James Hillier today announced the full casting for their production of Sam Shepard’s A Lie of the Mind. Joining the previously announced Gethin Anthony (Jake), Kate Fahy (Lorraine), Robert Lonsdale (Mike), Laura Rogers (Sally) and John Stahl (Baylor) are Nancy Crane (Meg), Alexandra Dowling (Beth) and Michael Fox (Frankie) in a new updated version by Sam Shepard as yet to be seen in the UK. The production opens at Southwark Playhouse on 8 May, with previews from 4 May, running until 28 May.

“Love… it’s a disease that makes ya’ feel good. While it lasts. Then, when it’s gone, yer worse off than before you caught it.”

America. The great wide open. Two families torn apart by more than one brutal marriage. Out of this bleak landscape emerges a human spirit that burns bright. At heart a love story, this poetic and gritty play explores the ambivalence of family relationships, of love lost and found, against the backdrop of a macho American West.

Defibrillator’s production will feature a soundtrack composed and performed live on stage by acclaimed musician James Marples, bringing a slice of rock n roll to one of the 20th Century’s most audacious American plays.

Sam Shepard (b 1942) is a playwright, actor, director and author. He has written over 45 plays (11 of which have won Obie Awards) including True Love, Fool for Love and the Pulitzer Prize-winning Buried Child, recently seen at Trafalgar Studios starring Ed Harris. He also wrote the screenplay for Wim Wender’s Paris, Texas for which he received a BAFTA nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay.

Gethin Anthony plays Jake. Anthony previously worked with the company on The Hotel Plays – Green Eyes. Other theatre credits include In the Vale of Health and What Fatima Did (Hampstead Theatre), A life of Galileo and Boris Gondonuv (RSC), Carrot (Theatre503), 24 Hour Plays (The Old Vic), In Praise of Love (Theatre Royal Northampton), Ditch (HighTide), Cling to me like Ivy (Birmingham Rep) and Cyrano de Bergerac (Oxford Playhouse). For television his credits include Game of Thrones, Aquarius, ALT, Call the Midwife, Cloud Chamber, 10 Days to War and Pinochet’s Progress; and for film, First Kill, Kodachrome, We are Monster, Copenhagen, Dreck, Into the Storm, Beyond the Rave and Bus Terminal.

 Nancy Crane plays Meg. For theatre her credits include The Sewing Group, The Strip, The Sweetest Thing in Baseball and Now or Later (Royal Court Theatre), Teddy Ferrara (Donmar Warehouse), Next Fall (Southwark Playhouse), Chimerica (Almeida Theatre), Design for Living (The Old Vic), Angels in America and Love The Sinner (National Theatre), The Girl in the Goldfish Bowl and Six Degrees of Separation (Sheffield Crucible). For television her credits include Genius, Upstairs, Downstairs, Cambridge Spies, Strike Force and Nixon’s the One; and for film, The Current War, Leavey, Florence Foster Jenkins, Woman in Gold, Batman: The Dark Knight, The Road to Guantanamo and The Fourth Protocol.

Alexandra Dowling plays Beth.  For theatre her credits include While The Sun Shines (Theatre Royal Bath), I Have Been Here Before and The Last of the De Mullins (Jermyn Street Theatre). For television her credits include The Musketeers, Game of Thrones and Merlin; and for film, Starbright and Hammer of the Gods.

 Kate Fahy plays Lorraine. For theatre her credits include Handbagged (UK tour), After Electra (Tricycle Theatre), Definitely the Bahamas (Orange Tree Theatre), The Goat (Almeida Theatre and Apollo Theatre), Copenhagen (Watford Palace Theatre), Grace, Gaucho and Sparrowfall (Hampstead Theatre), Seduced (Royal Court), Old Flames (Arts Theatre), A Doll’s House (Riverside Studios), Bouncing and Sunday Morning (National Theatre) and Othello (Young Vic). For television her credits include The Suspicions of Mr Whicher, The Marriage of Reason and Squalor, Death in Paradise, Cherished, Pure Wickedness, The Best Man, The House of Elliott, The Jury, Trial and Retribution, The Mozart Inquest, Danton’s Death, Terra Nova, Oxbridge Blues, The Lodger and The Nearly Man; and for film, Archipelago, Defiance, Brilliance, The Show, The Living and The Dead, The Fourth Angel, Somewhere Sometime.

 Michael Fox plays Frankie. For theatre his credits include An Enemy of the People (Chichester Festival Theatre), As You Like it (Transport Theatre), Leaves of Glass (Alma Tavern) and Edmund Kean (Watford Palace Theatre). For television his credits include Endeavour, Downton Abbey, Marvellous, The Ark, New Worlds, Little Big Mouth, Family Affairs, Mrs Bradley Mysteries; and for film, Dunkirk and Good People. 

 Robert Lonsdale plays Mike. For theatre his credits include Plaques and Tangles, Open Court: Piigs and Brilliant Adventures (Royal Court), Another Place (Plymouth Theatre Royal), From Here to Eternity (Shaftesbury Theatre), A Life (Finborough Theatre), Anna Christie (Donmar Warehouse), Finding Neverland (Curve, Leicester), La Bete (Harold Pinter Theatre) and The Indian Wants the Bronx (Young Vic). For television his credits include Vera, Chewing Gum, Love Sick, The Interceptor, Lost Christmas, A Passionate Woman, Plus One and Decisions; and for film, The Glass House.

 Laura Rogers plays Sally. For theatre her credits include Winter Solstice (Orange Tree Theatre), Private Lives (UK tour),Tipping The Velvet and Arcadia (Lyric Hammersmith), An Ideal Husband, Blue Remembered Hills, Hay Fever and Pressure (Chichester Festival Theatre), Masterpieces (Royal Court), 55 Days and Revelations (Hampstead Theatre), The Comedy of Errors (USA tour and Shakespeare’s Globe), Macbeth,  A New World – The Life of Thomas Paine, As You Like It, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Timon of Athens, The Taming of the Shrew and Richard III (Shakespeare’s Globe), The 39 Steps (Criterion Theatre), See How They Run (Royal Exchange, Manchester) and The Three Musketeers and The Barber of Seville (Bristol Old Vic). For television her credits include New Tricks, The Smoke, Dates, Twelfth Night, Dark Matters, Doctor Who Christmas Special, Missing, Albert’s Memorial, Rock Face, Running Scared, Relic Hunter, Pleasure Beach and The Sins; and for film, Love Me Do, The Right Hand Man, Nylon Ghosts and In Two Minds.

 John Stahl plays Baylor. For theatre his credits include The Winter’s Tale (Lyceum Theatre), Father Comes Home From the War (Royal Court), The Crucible and Ghosts (Bristol Old Vic), Hamlet, All’s Well That Ends Well, As You Like It, King John, Richard III and A Soldier in Every Son (RSC), Troilus & Cressida, The Frontline, We, The People, Othello, Much Ado About Nothing and The Globe Mysteries (Shakespeare’s Globe), Frankenstein (National Theatre), The Whisky Taster (The Bush Theatre), The Alice Trilogy (Royal Court Theatre), Blue Eyes and Heels (Soho Theatre), The Found Man (Traverse Theatre). For television his credits include Game of Thrones, Being Human, Beehive, Murder Rooms, Glasgow Kiss, Rebus – The First Stone, Shetland 3, Dr Finlay, Resort to Murder, Crime Story, Life of Jolly; and film, Victoria and Abdul and Loch Ness.

 James Hillier is Artistic Director of Defibrillator. His directing credits include, Terry Johnson’s Insignificance at Langham Place, New York; the première production of Tennessee Williams’ The Hotel Plays at the Grange Hotel in 2012 and The Langham, London in 2014; The Armour  (also The Langham, winner of an award at Le Miami Rebels), and Hard Feelings(Finborough Theatre).  Hillier has directed a number of short films, including How To Make A Good First Impression Part 1 which went on to win awards at Tribecca Film Festival and Cannes.  As an actor, he has worked at the Royal Court, National Theatre, Almeida Theatre, Bush Theatre, Manchester Royal Exchange and the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh. He is currently shooting the second season of The Crown.

DEFIBRILLATOR is an award-winning London based company with a growing reputation for delivering inspiring and entertaining theatre in both conventional and non-theatre settings. With a history of bringing to life less commonly used material, the company is increasingly developing and discovering new works from UK and international writers for audiences around the world. Defibrillator is led by Artistic Director James Hillier and Executive Producer Trish Wadley, supported by the Stage One Bursary Scheme for New Producers.

A LIE OF THE MIND                                                                                                                     Listings

Southwark Playhouse

77-85 Newington Causeway, London SE1 6BD

www.southwarkplayhouse.co.uk 

Box office: 020 7407 0234

Performances:

7:30pm MondaySaturday

3pm matinees on Tuesdays and Saturdays

 Tickets:

Standard £20

Concessions £16

Previews £12

Twitter: @defibtheatre

Facebook: /defibrillatortheatre

 

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Casting update announced for Defibrillator’s major new revival of Sam Shepard’s A Lie Of The Mind

Lie Of The Mind
Lie Of The Mind

Lie Of The Mind

With their critically acclaimed production of Stephen Karam’s Speech and Debate running at the Trafalgar Studios, Defibrillator Artistic Director James Hillier today announces a casting update for their production of Sam Shepherd’s A Lie of the Mind. Hillier directs Gethin Anthony (Jake), Kate Fahy (Lorraine), Robert Lonsdale (Mike), Laura Rodgers (Sally) and John Stahl (Baylor) in a new updated version as yet to be seen in the U.K. The production opens at Southwark Playhouse on 8 May, with previews from 4 May, running until 28 May. Further casting will be announced shortly.

“Love… it’s a disease that makes ya’ feel good. While it lasts. Then, when it’s gone, yer worse off than before you caught it.”

America. The great wide open. Two families torn apart by more than one brutal marriage. Out of this bleak landscape emerges a human spirit that burns bright. At heart a love story, this poetic and gritty play explores the ambivalence of family relationships, of love lost and found, against the backdrop of a macho American West.

Defibrillator’s production immerses you in Shepard’s world and features live music from acclaimed composer and musician James Marples.

Sam Shepard (b 1942) is a playwright, actor, director and author. He has written over 45 plays (11 of which have won Obie Awards) including True Love, Fool for Love and the Pulitzer Prize-winning Buried Child, recently seen at Trafalgar Studios starring Ed Harris. He also wrote the screenplay for Wim Wender’s Paris, Texas for which he received a BAFTA nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay.

Gethin Anthony plays Jake. Antony previously worked with the company on The Hotel Plays – Green Eyes. Other theatre credits include In the Vale of Health and What Fatima Did (Hampstead Theatre), A life of Galileo and Boris Gondonuv (RSC), Carrot (Theatre503), 24 Hour Plays (The Old Vic), In Praise of Love (Theatre Royal Northampton), Ditch (HighTide), Cling to me like Ivy (Birmingham Rep) and Cyrano de Bergerac (Oxford Playhouse). For television his credits include Game of Thrones, Aquarius, ALT, Call the Midwife, Cloud Chamber, 10 Days to War and Pinochet’s Progress; and for film, First Kill, Kodachrome, We are Monster, Copenhagen, Dreck, Into the Storm, Beyond the Rave and Bus Terminal.

 Kate Fahy plays Lorraine. For theatre her credits include Handbagged (UK tour), After Electra (Tricycle Theatre), Definitely the Bahamas (Orange Tree Theatre), The Goat (Almeida Theatre and Apollo Theatre), Copenhagen (Watford Palace Theatre),Grace, Gaucho and Sparrowfall (Hampstead Theatre), Seduced (Royal Court), Old Flames (Arts Theatre), A Doll’s House (Riverside Studios), Bouncing and Sunday Morning (National Theatre) and Othello (Young Vic). For television her credits includeThe Suspicions of Mr Whicher, The Marriage of Reason and Squalor, Death in Paradise, Cherished, Pure Wickedness, The Best Man, The House of Elliott, The Jury, Trial and Retribution, The Mozart Inquest, Danton’s Death, Terra Nova, Oxbridge Blues, The Lodger and The Nearly Man; and for film, Archipelago, Defiance, Brilliance, The Show, The Living and The Dead, The Fourth Angel, Somewhere Sometime.

 Robert Lonsdale plays Mike. For theatre his credits include Plaques and Tangles, Open Court: Piigs and Brilliant Adventures (Royal Court), Another Place (Plymouth Theatre Royal), From Here to Eternity (Shaftesbury Theatre), A Life (Finborough Theatre), Anna Christie (Donmar Warehouse), Finding Neverland (Curve, Leicester), La Bete (Harold Pinter Theatre) and The Indian Wants the Bronx (Young Vic). For television his credits include Vera, Chewing Gum, Love Sick, The Interceptor, Lost Christmas, A Passionate Woman, Plus One and Decisions; and for film, The Glass House.

 Laura Rodgers plays Sally. For theatre her credits include Winter Solstice (Orange Tree Theatre), Private Lives (UK tour),Tipping The Velvet and Arcadia (Lyric Hammersmith), An Ideal Husband, Blue Remembered Hills, Hay Fever and Pressure (Chichester Festival Theatre), Masterpieces (Royal Court), 55 Days and Revelations (Hampstead Theatre), The Comedy of Errors (USA tour and Shakespeare’s Globe), Macbeth,  A New World – The Life of Thomas Paine, As You Like It, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Timon of Athens, The Taming of the Shrew and Richard III (Shakespeare’s Globe), The 39 Steps (Criterion Theatre), See How They Run (Royal Exchange, Manchester) and The Three Musketeers and The Barber of Seville (Bristol Old Vic). For television her credits include New Tricks, The Smoke, Dates, Twelfth Night, Dark Matters, Doctor Who Christmas Special, Missing, Albert’s Memorial, Rock Face, Running Scared, Relic Hunter, Pleasure Beach and The Sins; and for film, Love Me Do, The Right Hand Man, Nylon Ghosts and In Two Minds.

 John Stahl plays Baylor. For theatre his credits include The Winter’s Tale (Lyceum Theatre), Father Comes Home From the War (Royal Court), The Crucible and Ghosts (Bristol Old Vic), Hamlet, All’s Well That Ends Well, As You Like It, King John, Richard IIIand A Soldier in Every Son (RSC), Troilus & Cressida, The Frontline, We, The People, Othello, Much Ado About Nothing and The Globe Mysteries (Shakespeare’s Globe), Frankenstein (National Theatre), The Whisky Taster (The Bush Theatre), The Alice Trilogy (Royal Court Theatre), Blue Eyes and Heels (Soho Theatre), The Found Man (Traverse Theatre). For television his credits include Game of Thrones, Being Human, Beehive, Murder Rooms, Glasgow Kiss, Rebus – The First Stone, Shetland 3, Dr Finlay, Resort to Murder, Crime Story, Life of Jolly; and film, Victoria and Abdul and Loch Ness.

James Hillier is Artistic Director of Defibrillator. His directing credits include, Terry Johnson’s Insignificance at Langham Place, New York; the première production of Tennessee Williams’ The Hotel Plays at the Grange Hotel in 2012 and The Langham, London in 2014; The Armour  (also The Langham, winner of an award at Le Miami Rebels), and Hard Feelings (Finborough Theatre).  Hillier has directed a number of short films, including How To Make A Good First Impression Part 1 which went on to win awards at Tribecca Film Festival and Cannes.  As an actor, he has worked at the Royal Court, National Theatre, Almeida Theatre, Bush Theatre, Manchester Royal Exchange and the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh. He is currently shooting the second season of The Crown.

DEFIBRILLATOR is an award-winning London based company with a growing reputation for delivering inspiring and entertaining theatre in both conventional and non-theatre settings. With a history of bringing to life less commonly used material, the company is increasingly developing and discovering new works from UK and international writers for audiences around the world. Defibrillator is led by Artistic Director James Hillier and Executive Producer Trish Wadley, supported by the Stage One Bursary Scheme for New Producers.

A LIE OF THE MIND                                                                                                                                                Listings

Southwark Playhouse

77-85 Newington Causeway, London SE1 6BD