Casting announcement: Pauline McLynn to play Mother Courage in Red Ladder’s 50th anniversary production

Pauline McLynn
Pauline McLynn

Pauline McLynn

Pauline McLynn will take the lead role in its 50th anniversary production MOTHER COURAGE AND HER CHILDRENRed Ladder Theatre Company is thrilled to announce. An immersive production of Bertolt Brecht’s anti-war play will be staged by the radical theatre company from 27th September – 20th October at Albion Electric warehouse, Leeds.

Performing with Red Ladder for the first time, Pauline McLynn is to take on the role of Brecht’s buffoonish but ruthless Mother Courage in artistic director Rod Dixon’s production, using the translation by Lee Hall. The celebrated Irish actor and author – who is best known for her award-winning comedy role as Mrs Doyle in the TV series Father Ted  – will lead a company of actors and actor-musicians, and a chorus comprising refugee and asylum seekers who are based in West Yorkshire.

On her forthcoming role, Pauline McLynn says

Mother Courage is one of the great, iconic roles and to have this opportunity to play her with Red Ladder and Rod Dixon is a particular thrill for me. I am excited to introduce whole new audiences to Brecht, such a challenging and brilliant playwright who always provokes and enriches us with his work. I am an actor who has always had a leaning for the Left and therefore Red Ladder and myself are a very natural match. I can’t wait to get started on this sprawling delight.”

In its 50th year, MOTHER COURAGE marks the first production of a classic play to be produced by Red Ladder Theatre Company. Experienced as a promenade piece in an urban warehouse setting, it will feature musical arrangements by long-term collaboration and Chumbawamba founder memberBoff Whalley (BIG SOCIETY!/WRONG ‘UN) and composer Beccy Owen (PROMISED LAND/WE’RE NOT GOING BACK). Integrating a professional cast and a community chorus of refugee and asylum seekers, Dixon’s provocative staging will re-examine Brecht’s 20th century classic for today; asking urgent questions about migrancy, displacement, fear of immigration and the effects of war in our time.

 Red Ladder artistic director Rod Dixon says

This is the first time in 50 years that Red Ladder will have staged a classic, and to me, it is the perfect play for our troubled times. Brecht is one of the most radical and experimental of playwrights from the last century and my ambition is to use this brilliant piece of theatre to counter the narrative of the right wing media that refugees from ‘there’ do not need to be ‘here’.

Mother Courage is a gigantic role and I am particularly excited that Pauline is to play her. Pauline brings a rich experience of many characters on stage and screen to this production, and I am sure audiences will be thrilled by her performance.”

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On the 74th anniversary of D-Day intense World War II thriller Pressure written by and starring actor David Haig to transfer to the Ambassadors Theatre 

David Haig
David Haig

David Haig

Based on the remarkable true story of two warring Allied meteorologists tasked with predicting the weather conditions for the D-Day landings, David Haig’s critically acclaimed play Pressure will transfer to the West Ends’ Ambassador’s Theatre for a limited season from 6 June to 1 September 2018. The transfer follows a celebrated run at Chichester Festival Theatre (5 stars from the; Daily Telegraph, Observer & Evening Standard), a national tour (in association with Cambridge Arts Theatre and Touring Consortium Company) and a sold out run at the Park Theatre.

David Haig reprises his role as Group Captain James Stagg, alongside Malcolm Sinclair as General Eisenhower and Laura Rogers as Kay Summersbywith further casting to be announced in due course.

David Haig said “”I am absolutely thrilled that Pressure is transferring to the West End on 6 June. What sublime timing that my play about the weather forecaster for D-Day, will open on the 74th anniversary of the D-Day invasions. The play has been profoundly fulfilling to write and perform. It’s about one of the great unsung heroes of the 20th century and I’m so proud that his story will now be available to a West End audience. I couldn’t be more excited.”

Pressure is directed by John Dove, with design by Colin Richmond, lighting by Tim Mitchell, sound by Philip Pinsky, video by Andrzej Goulding and casting by Lisa Makin.

 72 hours prior to the D Day landings, Scottish meteorologist, Group Captain James Stagg, advises General Eisenhower on the weather conditions likely to prevail when 350,000 troops are to be sent across the Channel in Operation Overlord. With Stagg predicting severe storms and Irving P. Krick – Hollywood’s meteorological movie consultant – predicting beautiful weather, the future of Britain, Europe and the United States rests on one single forecast.

Pressure was originally commissioned by the Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh as a co-production with Chichester Festival Theatre. The production premiered at the Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh in 2014, followed by a run at Chichester Festival Theatre.

David Haig is a five-time nominee and Olivier Award-winning actor best known for his roles in the film Four Weddings and a Funeral, TV series The Thin Blue Line and stage production of The Madness of King George III (Tour and West End). He is also an award-winning playwright. He wrote and starred alongside Daniel Radcliffe in My Boy Jack – which was made into a TV drama for ITV in 2007.

Malcolm Sinclair will reprise his role as General Eisenhower. Sinclair has performed extensively in leading roles with theatre companies such as the National Theatre and the RSC. He has performed widely, both in Britain and internationally. In 2001 he won the Clarence Derwent Award for his role as Gavin Ryng-Maine in the National Theatre’s production of House/Garden and was also nominated for an Olivier Award for best supporting actor for his performance as Major Miles Flack in Privates on Parade.

 Laura Rogers will reprise the role of Kay Summersby. Her theatre credits include: An Ideal HusbandMasterpieces (Royal Court), Blue Remembered Hills (Chichester Festival Theatre), The Comedy of Errors (USA Tour and Shakespeare’s Globe), The 39 Steps (West End), Hay Fever (Chichester Festival Theatre), Macbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Taming of the Shrew and Richard III (Shakespeare’s Globe) and Bad Girls – The Musical (Garrick Theatre and West Yorkshire Playhouse). Her television credits include: EastEnders, New Tricks, Dates, Twelfth Night, Doctor Who and Bad Girls.

Pressure at the Ambassadors Theatre is produced by Jonathan Church ProductionsJenny King Oliver Mackwood Ltd.

LISTINGS

PRESSURE

AMBASSADORS THEATRE

6 JUNE – 1 SEPTEMBER 2018

 

*TICKETS ON SALE FROM 9AM WEDNESDAY 4TH APRIL*

Press Night: TBC

Performances:

Monday – Saturday at 7.30pm

Thursday & Saturday at 3.00pm

Ticket Prices: £15 to £55 (not including premiums)

Address: Ambassadors Theatre, West St, London WC2H 9ND

Box Office: 020 7395 5405

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