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International star of stage and screen Sir Ian McKellen is to perform an exclusive one man show at Park Theatre for nine performances only, from 3 – 9 July 2017

Full casting announced for Madame Rubinstein at Park Theatre

Madame Rubinstein

Madame Rubinstein

Park Theatre’s Artistic Director Jez Bond will direct Miriam Margolyes,

Frances Barber and Jonathan Forbes in the world premiere of Madame Rubinstein, a brand new comedy by John Misto, playing at Park Theatre from 26 April – 27 May, with a press night on 3 May.

Set against the glamorous skylines of 1950s Manhattan, world-leading cosmetics entrepreneur Helen Rubinstein is locked in a power struggle with rivals Elizabeth Arden and Revlon. From humble beginnings as a Polish-Jewish immigrant, this is the story behind one of the best-known faces in the world of beauty. But as her professional and family conflicts reach fever pitch, will the ghosts of a turbulent past topple one of the world’s richest business women. Madame Rubinstein is a bright new comedy where the nails are painted and the gloves are off. Yet when the lipstick bleeds and the makeup fades, what is there left to hide behind?

Frances Barber

Frances Barber © Magnus Hastings

BAFTA award-winning Miriam Margolyes (Harry Potter, Romeo & Juliet, The Age of Innocence) will star as ‘Helena Rubinstein’, Frances Barber (Doctor Who, Silk, Julius Caesar) will star as ‘Elizabeth Arden’, and Jonathan Forbes(‘Fergal’ in Channel 4’s hit show Catastrophe) will star as ’Irish’.

Jez Bond said, “I’m thrilled to have assembled such a stellar cast for our next in-house production, which I’m pleased to say is already the fastest selling show in Park Theatre’s history. Both in terms of the current, continuing debate on feminism and identity, and in terms of their incredible struggle in a male dominated world, the true story of these 20th Century pioneers – one of whom was an Eastern European migrant – continues to resonate in 2017. I’m delighted to be directing this world premiere that I’m sure will delight and amuse as well as inform and challenge audiences.

MADAME RUBINSTEIN is presented by Park Theatre and Oliver Mackwood in association with TBO Productions, with lighting by Mark Howland, design by Al Turner, sound design by David Gregory, composition by Dimitri Scarlato, and casting by Ellie Collyer-Bristow.

Jonathan Forbes

Jonathan Forbes

Park Theatre is fast becoming recognised as a powerhouse of theatre; in just under four years, it has enjoyed two West End transfers (including Daytona starring Maureen Lipman and The Boys in the Band starring Mark Gatiss), two National Theatre transfers, three national tours, an Olivier Award nomination and a Theatre of the Year award from The Stage.

Jez Bond is the Founder and Artistic Director of Park Theatre. He graduated Hull University with a BA Honours in Drama and was later awarded the Channel Four Theatre Director Bursary. Directing credits include; I Have Been Here Before (Watford Palace Theatre), The Fame Game (Tour of Austria), Sleeping Beauty (Salisbury Playhouse),The Twits (Tour of Switzerland), Misconceptions (Hong Kong Arts Centre), Big Boys (Croydon Warehouse), Shot of Genius (Leicester Square), Canaries Sometimes Sing (Kings Head & France) and A Season in South Africa (Old Vic). For Park Theatre; Madame Rubinstein, Hurling Rubble at the Sun, Adult Supervision plus Rapunzel, Sleeping Beauty,Jack and the Beanstalk, which he also co-wrote and composed. As a dramaturge he began working with writers at Soho Theatre, Royal Court and Young Vic before championing new work at Park Theatre, where he has developed a number of new plays many of which have gone on to production. Having led the £2.6m conversion of Park Theatre, Jez has been a guest speaker at the Theatres Trust Conference: Converting Spaces, the RIBA Conference: 150 years of Engineering, Bruford on the Southbank: New Build / ReBuild and The International Theatre Conference in Colombia. He has also consulted on a number of new theatre buildings internationally.

D/deaf inclusive play Finders Keepers comes to Park Theatre, 4 April – 29 April 2017 at PARK90

Finders Keepers

Finders Keepers

Two twits, one junkyard and an unexpected surprise! Hot Coals Theatre return to Park Theatre with Finders Keepers: a fun-filled, highly visual cartoon for the stage. Inspired by the story of Moses, Finders Keepers is an adult comedy suitable for children, and is fully inclusive for both D/deaf and hearing audiences. Using music, puppetry and physical comedy with no dialogue, Finders Keepers invents a playful world without words. The official press night will be Friday 7 April, 7pm.

Step into the strange and murky junkyard world of Mr. Pharaoh and his daughter. Living in a scrapyard on the fringes of society, these two loveable and quirky vagrants’ lives are turned upside down when the discovery of a tiny, abandoned baby catches them by surprise. As these two colourful characters begin to grapple with their new routines and responsibilities, they begin to find love in the most unexpected of places.

As Sign Language interpreted performances run the risk of dividing the audiences by splitting the focus, Hot Coals Theatre aims to bring audiences together for shared experiences. This family friendly production will also feature PARK90’s first ever Parents & Babies performance (Tue 25 April, 1pm), in addition to a Relaxed performance (Wed 26 April, 3.15pm).

Celebrating their 5th birthday, Hot Coals Theatre was founded in 2012 by core members and graduates from The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art’s MA Theatre Lab post-graduate course. The company has gone on to use elements of physical theatre, clowning, play, special sound and lighting to create highly visual theatre which is inclusive to both D/deaf and hearing audiences.

Their first production Storm in a Teacup performed at Park Theatre in 2014 to great acclaim. The show then toured both nationally and internationally for two years. Finders Keepers, the company’s second production, received its world premiere at Edinburgh Fringe 2016 before enjoying a national UK tour. Finders Keepers was created in co-production with RADA Festival.

Michelle Collins and Joe Coen cast in A Dark Night in Dalston which plays at Park Theatre from 7 Mar -1 Apr

Michelle Collins

Michelle Collins

Leading television and stage actress Michelle Collins is to be joined by newly announced cast member Joe Coen (Bad Jews) for the World Premiere of A Dark Night in Dalston. Penned by award-winning writer Stewart Permutt, this funny and touching play follows a fateful evening when an assault brings two Londoners together from different communities. The official press night is Monday 13th March, 7pm in PARK90.

A Dark Night in Dalston sees director Tim Stark return to Park Theatre, following 2014’s highly acclaimed Jonah and Otto by Robert Holman: “Robert Holman’s luminously beautiful and uplifting two-hander receives its London premiere in Tim Stark’s cumulatively mesmeric production.” **** – Paul Taylor, The Independent

It’s Friday evening on a council estate in Dalston. Gideon, a young, observant Jewish man from the other side of town is attacked. The warm-hearted and quirky Gina insists on protecting him in her flat. As Gideon recovers, dusk falls and Sabbath begins, meaning no strictly observant Jew can travel by any form of transport. Gideon is intrigued and beguiled by Gina and, as the night draws in, temptation and passions rise while Gina’s husband Billy lies bedbound next door. One night, one secret. What will these two lonely Londoners have to face in the morning?

Michelle Collins says: “I love theatre, but upon returning to it after a long time in TV I found that there were a real lack of roles for working class women of a certain age. I therefore took the decision to be proactive and work with a great playwright to create an interesting and textured part. The play’s principal themes focus on loneliness and loss of community, which I believe increasingly affects a lot of people in this country. I’m especially excited about performing this play at Park Theatre, as I grew up in Islington and this is where my roots are.”

A Dark Night in Dalston will also feature PARK90’s first ever captioned performance on Wednesday 29th March at 7.45pm. For the first time ever, Park Theatre is offering an access performance programmed for every production in its current season.

Joe Coen

Joe Coen

Michelle Collins is an accomplished actress on stage and screen. She has appeared in both EastEnders and Coronation Street2000 Acres of Sky, The Illustrated Mum and Miss Marple to name a few. Her theatre credits include Rattle of a Simple Man (Comedy Theatre), The Glass Supper (Hampstead Theatre) and more recently Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (UK Tour), Kindertransport (Chickenshed, London) and Thoroughly Modern Millie (UK Tour).

Joe Coen’s theatre credits include: Bad Jews (Arts Theatre, West End, St James Theatre and Ustinov Studio Bath); The Mighty Walzer (Royal Exchange Manchester); The Rubenstein Kiss (Nottingham Playhouse); Edward II (Royal Exchange Manchester); The Black Diamond (Punchdrunk) and Birdsong (West End original cast). His screen credits include Son Of God (20th Century Fox/Hearst Entertainment); City Rats (Facefilms); The Lost Honour Of Christopher Jefferies (ITV/NBC) and Da Vinci’s Demons (Starz/BBC Worldwide).

Cast and creative team

Tim Stark – Director                                                                            Michelle Collins – Gina

Simon Daw – Set Designer                                                                 Joe Coen – Gideon

Geraint Pughe – Lighting Designer

Giles Thomas – Sound Designer

www.parktheatre.co.uk

Box office: 020 7870 6876

LISTINGS 

A Dark Night in Dalston

Venue: PARK90

Dates: 7 Mar – 1 Apr

Press night: Monday 13th March, 7pm

Performances: Evenings Tue – Sat 19.45, Matinees Thu & Sat 15.15

Run time: 75 minutes approx.

Age Restriction: 16+

New casting announcement for A Clockwork Orange at Park Theatre

A Clockwork Orange

A Clockwork Orange

Action To The Word’s award-winning all-male production of Anthony Burgess’ A CLOCKWORK ORANGE, directed by Alexandra Spencer-Jones, will return to London following its acclaimed premiere in Edinburgh in 2011 and an international tour. A Clockwork Orange opens at Park Theatre on 14 February and plays until 18 March, with a press night on Thursday 16 February.

An electrifying and testosterone filled physical theatre horror show that exquisitely captures and transcends the spirit of Anthony Burgess’ original literary masterpiece, A Clockwork Orange lures its audience into the glorious glass-edged nastiness of Manchester’s underworld. A playtime of orgiastic ultraviolence and sexuality, it’s the story of little Alex and the Droogs in their battle against the tedium of adolescence. An unapologetic celebration of the human condition, it remains as terrifyingly relevant today as when the book was published in 1962 and when Stanley Kubrick’s film caused a stir in 1971.

 Imaginative and striking… it sizzles with energy” ****Evening Standard

“Spencer-Jones’ production combines striking visual imagery with beautifully choreographed balletic sequences” ****Telegraph

Jonno Davies will return to the production to star as ‘Alex’, having played the role previously on two international tours. Other stage credits include A Midsummer Night’s Dream (National Theatre/Latitude), Dracula (Arts Theatre/International tour) and Shakespeare in Love (Noel Coward). His screen credits include Milk and HoneyKingsman: The Secret ServiceSpotless and Hollyoaks.

He is joined on stage by Luke Baverstock as ‘Georgie/Zophar’, Sebastian Charles as ‘Dim/Pedofil/Joe’, Simon Cotton as ‘Frank Alexander/Mum/Brodsky’, Damien Hasson as ‘Deltoid/Chaplain/Rick’, Philip Honeywell as ‘Mark Alexander/Branom/Marty/Woman’, James Smoker as ‘Old Woman/Minister/Dad/Rubenstein’, Will Stokes as ‘Billy Boy/Governor/Comedian/F-Me Pumps/Dolin/Len’ and Tom Whitelock as ‘Pete/Bromine’.

“Physical, dynamic, and arresting” – The Economist

“This is a show that everyone should experience” *****Whatsonstage.com

A CLOCKWORK ORANGE is directed by Alexandra Spencer-Jones, Artistic Director for Action to the Word, for which she has created DRACULA (Arts Theatre/International Tour), A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM (National Theatre/Latitude Festival) and CONSTANCE & SINESTRA AND THE CABINET OF SCREAMS (New Wimbledon Theatre/Latitude Festival). Her credits as Associate Director include STEPPING OUT (Theatre Royal Bath/UK Tour), the Olivier Nominated BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM (Sonia Friedman Productions), Andrew Lloyd Webber’s THE WIZARD OF OZ (London Palladium), Garsington Opera’s LA PERICHOLE, Grange Opera’s PETER GRIMES and OLIVER! and Scot William’s HOPE (Royal Court).

Alexandra Spencer-Jones said, “In a world where the pillars of leadership are crashing down around us, Burgess’ timeless masterpiece brought to stage is more urgent than ever. There will always be a disaffected youth who are not listened to. A Clockwork Orange is a brutal examination of the self versus the state in the age-old struggle for human freedom

A CLOCKWORK ORANGE is presented by Glynis Henderson Productions, with lighting by James Baggaley and additional choreography by Hannah Lee.

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A Clockwork Orange will be produced by Glynis Henderson Productions. Glynis Henderson Productions produces, general manages and represents a variety of theatre, comedy and music productions. The company specialises in introducing unique and exciting new work to international audiences and international work to the UK. Glynis is an original producer of STOMP and has tour booked and managed the show worldwide including seasons in London and Paris. STOMP has performed in over 50 countries worldwide making it one of the most successful UK touring productions. Other work GHP has produced and managed worldwide include BLAM, Ennio Marchetto, Lost and Found Orchestra, A Clockwork Orange, Dracula, James Rhodes, Tubular Bells, One Man Breaking Bad, Yamato Drummers of Japan, Spaghetti Western Orchestra and Gobsmacked.

WEBSITE: http://www.ghmp.co.uk/

 

Brigit Forsyth and daughter Zoe Mills star in Killing Time at Park Theatre

Brigit Fosyth (l) and Zoe Mills (r) in Killing Time

Brigit Fosyth (l) and Zoe Mills (r) in Killing Time

Brigit Forsyth is to star alongside her daughter, Zoe Mills, in Killing Time: an irreverent brand new comedy exploring inspiration, music, life and the right to die. When professional cellist Hester Brook (Brigit Forsyth) is diagnosed with terminal cancer, she resigns herself to the prospect of a graceful and dignified final curtain. Such hopes are dashed, however, with the arrival of her new carer, Sara (Zoe Mills). Armed with the best of intentions, little social sense and a morbid belief in the importance of a social media legacy, Sara’s school of care proves to be anathema for Hester’s gallows humour.

The official press night will be Wednesday 8 February at pmKilling Time will also pioneer the Park Theatre’s first ever dementia-friendly access performance on Wednesday 1 March at 3.15pm.

Brigit Forsyth has extensive television and stage credits including the BBC sitcom Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads, and can currently be seen in Still Open all HoursBrigit Forsyth says: “Hester is the best and most challenging part I’ve ever taken on. She has everything one could hope for to try and play- great courage, strength, vulnerability, humour and then there’s the music! I have never been so frightened and excited by taking on a character – and it’s written by my daughter. No pressure then!”

Featuring an original mix of live music, audiovisuals and soundscape, Killing Time is written by her co-star and daughter, Zoe Mills, and inspired by an original composition by Brigit Forsyth, which she will play live among a feast of cello classics. Word Mills, their theatre company, are co-producing Killing Time with Dead Letter Perfect, whose sell-out production of The Gathered Leaves performed in PARK200 in 2015.

Park Theatre’s Artistic Director, Jez Bond, says: “We are thrilled to be working with Word Mills for the first time and to welcome back Dead Letter Perfect to Park Theatre. We are hugely excited to see Killing Time on stage in Park90 as we continue to present a varied programme of work that emotionally engages our audiences. Loss of self and identity via illness is a challenging subject, but we are also thrilled to be working with Word Mills and Dead Letter Perfect to deliver our first ever Dementia Friendly performance as part of a range of access performances in our Spring/ Summer season. By providing a relaxed environment that will reduce stress levels, we can make it possible for those affected by Dementia to experience a live theatre performance.”

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Raising Martha at Park Theatre – New casting announcement and first look

Animal Rights. Family Secrets. Grave Consequences. 

Raising Martha, a brand new dark comedy by award-winning writer David Spicer, and directed by Michael Fentiman, will have its world premiere at Park Theatre from 12 January 2017, playing until 11 February, with a press night on Tuesday 17 January.

Morgana Robinson has unfortunately had to withdraw from the production due to unforeseen personal reasons, but the producers are happy to announce that Gwyneth Keyworth will join the cast to play ‘Caro’. Keyworth has most recently starred as ‘Alison’ in E4’s cult show Wasted, with other notable screen appearances in Channel 4’s Powder Monkeys, HBO’s Game of Thrones, ITV’s Dr Thorne and E4’s Misfits. Described by The Guardian’s Lyn Gardner as ‘heartbreakingly good’ in the Bristol Old Vic production of The Life and Times of Fanny Hill, she was most recently seen in the Globe’s acclaimed revival of The Heresy of Love.

Julian Bleach, co-creator and MC of Shockheaded Peter (2002 Olivier Award for Best Entertainment), best known for his role as the evil ‘Davros’ in Dr Who, and recently seen in the acclaimed Grinning Man at the Bristol Old Vic, joins the company to play ‘Roger’. Other screen credits include Torchwood, The Sarah-Jane Adventures, Psychoville and The Borgias, whilst his stage credits include Oliver! (Theatre Royal Drury Lane), The Firework Maker’s Daughter (Sheffield) and Every Good Boy Deserves Favour (NT)

Gerry and Roger’s mum has gone missing. Well, most of her has…

 The unwitting victims of animal rights activists campaigning for the freedom of the family frog farm’s slimy inhabitants, the brothers must bring in the hapless Inspector Clout to establish the whereabouts of their long-dead mother. An absurdly funny, dark comedy starring the finest comedy ensemble live on stage, Raising Martha tackles terrorism, animal rights and six-foot frogs!

As previously announced, Tom Bennett (Netflix’s Mascots, E4’s Phone Shop) will play ‘Marc’; Jasper Britton (Richard II, RSC, The Libertine, Theatre Royal Haymarket), will play ‘Gerry’; Joel Fry (ITV’s Plebs, HBO’s Game of Thrones, Sky’s You, Me and the Apocalypse) will play ‘Jago’; and Jeff Rawle, (Channel 4’s Drop the Dead Donkey, Handbagged, Tricycle / West End, Harry Potter & The Goblet of Fire) will join the cast to play ‘Inspector Clout’. Stephen Boxer (Doctors, RSC) has also joined the company as ‘Gerry’.

Raising Martha is produced by Michael James Cox and Tom O’Connell, directed by Michael Fentiman, with set and costume design by Rebecca Brower, sound design by Max Pappenheim, lighting design by Eliot Griggs, costume supervision by Ryan Walklett, and casting by Anne Vosser.

Michael James Cox said, “I’m very excited and proud to be producing this hilarious new comedy along with Tom O’Connell Productions. This project has been very close to my heart for a long time and I’m thrilled to be working with such a wonderful theatre.”

Tom O’Connell said, “After our sell-out success with The Boys in the Band, we are thrilled to be working on a brand new piece of theatre with a stellar comedy cast who I know will be electric to watch in the intimate Park Theatre. I can’t wait for audiences to laugh out loud at some of the scenes David Spicer and Michael Fentiman have worked on with one of the finest comedy ensembles you’ll see in London.”

Syrian refugees in London share stories of exile, culture, resilience and love

Voices of Syria

Voices of Syria

An ambitious student who always planned to return home. Two old friends who found love in a strange city. A young man who risks death to reunite his family.

In January, young Syrians will tell of their experience growing up in Syria and forging a new life here in London. Through an evening of music and storytelling, the audience will be invited to learn more about the city through Syrian eyes, and the ancient culture of Syria itself. Afterwards, Syrian volunteers will be on hand to continue the conversation about their country.

Produced by the Syrian stories blog ​Qisetna: Talking Syria​, in collaboration with Park Theatre, Voices of Syria will take place at north London’s Park Theatre on 22 January at 5pm. Tickets are £18 (includes a drink) or £16 for concessions.

The stories are the real testimony of Syrians in London. They include:

●  Ali, who fled Syria as a child and crossed the Mediterranean before seeking asylum in the UK.

●  Massa, a young woman filled with nostalgia for her childhood in Damascus.

●  Firas, a translator who dreams of opening an Arabic language cafe.

Qisetna: Talking Syria (​www.talkingsyria.com​) is a non-political blog, dedicated to creating a platform where Syrians can share their stories. The project has previously been featured at the Scottish International Storytelling Festival, Refugee Week and showcased by UNESCO United for Heritage. It is maintained by volunteers based in London.

The stories, which are sourced from original first person accounts and interviews, will be voiced by young Syrians living in London.

The event will also feature Syrian photography, crafts and music.

More about the stories

Ali had a happy childhood in the south of Syria, but everything changed in 2011, when the city he lived in became one of the centres of the protests. Ali’s family fled the city to escape the violence, but their home was destroyed, and Ali, then 16, decided to try to find work in Lebanon. However, before he could find his feet, his father was killed, and Ali found himself the breadwinner for his entire family.

Unable to earn enough in Lebanon, and too afraid to return to Syria, Ali decided to seek asylum. His journey took him through the smuggler networks of north Africa, and ultimately across the dangerous waters of the Mediterranean. When Ali arrived in the UK, he was not yet 18. He is now a plumber working in London.

In an excerpt from his story, he says:

“This experience has made me a different person. I faced difficulties, so I was forced to act as a man when I was young, and now I am a man. I haven’t finished my studies, but, in the end, my life has been my school.”

Massa, a young Syrian woman now studying in London, ​wrote her story for the Qisetna: Talking Syria blog​, and it was consequently featured by UNESCO in the campaign Unite for Heritage.

She writes of Damascus:

“I never realised the greatness of its curved roads, the busy crowded shops the night before Eid, the corn on the cob stalls, the bicycle workshop in my neighbourhood. I was always so jealous of all the kids in my neighbourhood when they took their bikes to him to get them fixed. I never learnt how to ride a bike.

“When we were little, we played hide and seek with all the kids from different neighbourhoods without caring where they came from or who their families were. We’d argue over who cheated and who won, but we always came back the next day to play together again. I wish we were still the same. I wish we still didn’t care. I wish we could all have amnesia and wake the next day to play hide and seek altogether again.”

Firas came to the UK as an international student, but could not return home because of the war. After successfully seeking asylum, he started working as a translator and hopes to open an Arabic language cafe.

He says of his identity in London:

“Now you feel like it’s really scary for some people to hear the word Syria. At work, people usually understand it’s not just about the war, but it happens a lot. For example, when I am looking for a place to rent, and someone sends me an email saying: “Tell me, what do you do? Where are you from?” You can’t say I’m from the Middle East. You need to say Syria.

“I understand that some people don’t know much about Syria, or about other parts of the world. And now all of a sudden it’s in the news everyday. So what people think about is what they see in the news – war and killing. I understand.

“To be a Londoner and part of London, perhaps it really means to not belong anywhere, and at the same time belong to one place. You can be from anywhere, but you have the city in common.”

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First Look – Luv, written by Murray Schisgal, directed by Gary Condes

Written by Murray Schisgal (best known for co-writing the screenplay for Tootsie), LUV premiered on Broadway in 1964 directed by Mike Nichols and was Tony nominated for Best Play and Best Author. Directed by Gary Condes, Nick Barber plays Milt, Elsie Bennett plays Ellen and Charles Dorfman plays Harry.

Murray Schisgal is a Tony and Academy Award nominated writer whose extensive career spans across plays, fiction and screenplays. Murray’s plays include LUV (Tony nominated for Best Play and Best Author), Jimmy Shine, All Over Town (Drama Desk nomination for Outstanding New Play), The Chinese and Doctor Fish, Twice Around The Park, An American Millionaire and The Typists and the Tiger (Vernon Rice Award, Outer Circle Award). In addition to his work on stage, Murray co-wrote the screenplay for the Academy Award nominated film Tootsie which starred Dustin Hoffman and his further work on screen includes the screenplay for The Tiger Makes Out, The Love Song of Barney Kempinski and Natasha Kovolina Pipashinsky. Murray has also produced and executive produced five feature-length films, A Walk On The Moon, Boys and Girls, The Devil’s Arithmetic, Clubland and A Separate Peace. Murray’s novel Days and Nights of a French Horn Player was published by Little Brown in 1980.

Nick Barber plays Milt. Nick’s previous theatre credits include Dingle/Voltaire in The Life and Times of Fanny Hill (Bristol Old Vic), Laurencio in A Lady of Little Sense (Theatre Royal Bath), Ossario in Don Gil of The Green Breeches (Theatre Royal Bath), Federico in Punishment Without Revenge (Theatre Royal Bath), CIA Agent in Blood and Gifts (National Theatre), Happy in Death of a Salesman (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Will in His Dark Materials (West Yorkshire Playhouse/Birmingham Rep), Dumaine in Love’s Labour’s Lost (Rose Theatre Kingston), Modicum in I Saw Myself (The Wrestling School), Michael Cassio in Othello (Shakespeare’s Globe), Ralph Clark in Our Country’s Good (Liverpool Playhouse), Valentine in Faust (Punchdrunk), Palamon/Squire/Rioter in The Canterbury Tales (Royal Shakespeare Company), Eric Birling in An Inspector Calls (PW Productions), Don Alonso in The Gentleman From Olmedo (Watermill), Florindo in The Venetian Twins (Watermill), Cassius in Julius Caesar (Menier Theatre) and Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet (Southwark Playhouse). In addition to his work on stage Nick has also appeared on television in New Blood, Cuffs, Red Dwarf, Free Agents, The Waltz King, The Brief and Midsomer Murders and on film in Colour Me Kubrick and Complete Female Stage Beauty. Nick also voices Rex Fairbrother on BBC Radio 4’s The Archers.

Elsie Bennett  plays Ellen. Elsie studied at Arts Ed. She most recently starred on stage as Queen Elizabeth I in Progress (Red Rose Chain) and Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance (Tabard Theatre).  In addition to her work on stage, Elsie has appeared on screen in Birds Of A Feather and Joanna Lumley’s Little Cracker. Elsie also works extensively as a voice artist and recently completed work on the Hitman series and Squadron 42.

Charles Dorfman  plays Harry. Charles studied Theatre at Trinity College Dublin and the Beverly Hills Playhouse in Los Angeles, Theatre credits include Some Girl(s) (Park Theatre), Miss Julie (Etcetera Theatre), Taking Steps, Dangerous Corner, and Wuthering Heights (all Manor Pavilion Sidmouth). On screen Charles has appeared in Myrtle (dir. James Alexandrou), The Show (dir. James Alexandrou) and Present (dir. Joe Ballerini).

Buckland Theatre Company was founded by Artistic Director Charles Dorfman. Miss Julie at Etcetera Theatre was the company’s debut production in their 2016 season of classic and modern texts followed by Some Girl(s) at PARK90 at Park Theatre.

New casting for Raising Martha at Park Theatre

Raising Martha, a brand new dark comedy by award-winning writer David Spicer, and directed by Michael Fentiman, will have its world premiere at Park Theatre from 12 January 2017, playing until 11 February, with a press night on Tuesday 17 February.

Morgana Robinson has unfortunately had to withdraw from the production due to unforeseen personal reasons, but the producers are happy to announce that

Gwyneth Keyworth

Gwyneth Keyworth

Gwyneth Keyworth will join the cast to play ‘Caro’. Keyworth has most recently starred as ‘Alison’ in E4’s cult show Wasted, with other notable screen appearances in Channel 4’s Powder Monkeys, HBO’s Game of Thrones, ITV’s Dr Thorne and E4’s Misfits. Described by The Guardian’s Lyn Gardner as ‘heartbreakingly good’ in the Bristol Old Vic production of The Life and Times of Fanny Hill, she was most recently seen in the Globe’s acclaimed revival of The Heresy of Love.

Julian Bleach, co-creator and MC of Shockheaded Peter (2002 Olivier Award for Best Entertainment), best known for his role as the evil ‘Davros’ in Dr Who, and recently seen in the acclaimed Grinning Man at the Bristol Old Vic, joins the company to play ‘Roger’. Other screen credits include TorchwoodThe Sarah-Jane AdventuresPsychoville and The Borgias, whilst his stage credits include Oliver!(Theatre Royal Drury Lane), The Firework Maker’s Daughter (Sheffield) and Every Good Boy Deserves Favour (NT)

Gerry and Roger’s mum has gone missing. Well, most of her has…

The unwitting victims of animal rights activists campaigning for the freedom of the family frog farm’s slimy inhabitants, the brothers must bring in the hapless Inspector Clout to establish the whereabouts of their long-dead mother. An absurdly funny, dark comedy starring the finest comedy ensemble live on stage, Raising Martha tackles terrorism, animal rights and six-foot frogs!

As previously announced, Tom Bennett (Netflix’s Mascots, E4’s Phone Shop) will play ‘Marc’; Jasper Britton (Richard II, RSC, The Libertine, Theatre Royal Haymarket), will play ‘Gerry’; Joel Fry (ITV’s Plebs, HBO’s Game of Thrones, Sky’s You, Me and the Apocalypse) will play ‘Jago’; and Jeff Rawle, (Channel 4’s Drop the Dead DonkeyHandbagged, Tricycle / West End, Harry Potter & The Goblet of Fire) will join the cast to play ‘Inspector Clout’.

Raising Martha is produced by Michael James Cox and Tom O’Connell, directed by Michael Fentiman, with set and costume design by Rebecca Brower, sound design by Max Pappenheim, lighting design by Eliot Griggs, costume supervision by Ryan Walklett, and casting by Anne Vosser.

Michael James Cox said, “I’m very excited and proud to be producing this hilarious new comedy along with Tom O’Connell Productions. This project has been very close to my heart for a long time and I’m thrilled to be working with such a wonderful theatre.”

Tom O’Connell said, “After our sell-out success with The Boys in the Band, we are thrilled to be working on a brand new piece of theatre with a stellar comedy cast who I know will be electric to watch in the intimate Park Theatre. We send on our best wishes to Morgana, who was a pleasure to work with, and are thrilled that the very talented and hilarious Gwyneth Keyworth is joining the family.”