Sheila Atim to star in Chè Walker’s Time is Love at Finborough Theatre

Time Is Love/Tiempo es Amor
Time Is Love/Tiempo es Amor

Time Is Love/Tiempo es Amor

Writer and Director Chè Walker returns to the Finborough Theatre to direct the European premiere of his own play Time Is Love/Tiempo es Amoropening at the Finborough Theatre for a four-week limited season on Tuesday, 1 January 2019 (Press Nights: Thursday, 3 January and Friday, 4 January 2019 at 7.30pm).[/caption]

2019. In the last remaining barrios of East LA…

Blaz returns from prison, but something ain’t right. His lifelong love Havana Cortez is keeping a secret. His old partner Karl seems to know what it is. Havana’s best friend Rosa hates him even more than usual, but this was not always the case. And the detective who locked him up can’t stop with the women. Serena The Sex Worker is our ethereal guide to this menacing world – but why are there pterodactyls overhead?

Love and Betrayal. Tenderness and Rage. Crime and Home. Adventure and  Ageing. Los Angeles behind the mask.

Featuring members of the original Los Angeles cast, Time Is Love/Tiempo es Amor is the latest play from Chè Walker, the multi-award-winning writer director behind UK Netflix’s hit Been So Long starring Michaela Coel and Arinzé Kene

Playwright and Director Chè Walker returns to the Finborough Theatre, where he has directed six previous productions including His GreatnessEtta JenksBlue Surge,Fog and Achidi J’s Final Hours. Chè’s first play Been So Long premiered at the Royal Court Theatre and has been performed worldwide. The musical adaptation played at The Young Vic before being adapted into a Netflix feature film, starring Michaela Coel and Arinzé Kene. His second play Flesh Wound premiered at the Royal Court Theatre, and won the George Devine Award before being produced globally. His many other plays include Crazy Love, starring Phoebe Waller-Bridge and written for Paines Plough, won the Blanche Marvin Award;  The Frontline which made history as the first contemporary-set play to be performed at Shakespeare’s Globe in 2008, and was revived in 2009; The Lightning Child was the first musical to be performed at Shakespeare’s Globe; the song cycle The Eighth, collaborating with Paul Heaton, which premiered at the Manchester International Festival with a cast featuring Emmy winner Reg E Cathey, and subsequently played the Barbican Centre in London and toured the UK; Lovesong, featuring Omar, toured with English Touring Theatre; and Klook and Vinette, featuring Sheila Atim and Ako Mitchell, sold out its run at the Park Theatre with subsequent runs in Atlanta, Alabama, and it will tour to Texas and Seattle in 2019. Since relocating to Los Angeles, Ché has written and directed four short films, winning two awards and fifteen festival selections. He currently has two screenplays in development. His adaptation of the iconic BBC Series DeadHead is produced by Open Palm Film and will be directed by Dominic Dromgoole in 2019. His original screenplay Fredo Bertasio is produced by David Livingstone and Emily Bray, with Jake Nava attached to direct.

Chè has also directed thirty-one stage productions, including six at the Finborough Theatre, and over fifty professional acting credits across stage and screen.

The production will feature original music by Sheila Atim who also appears in the production.

The cast is:

Gabriel Akuwudike | Blaz

Trained at Drama Centre London.
Theatre includes Dealing With Clair (Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond), A Gym Thing (Pleasance London), No One Is An Island (Tangle Theatre) and Troilus and Cressida (Sam Wanamaker Festival at Shakespeare’s Globe).

Television includes Berlin StationBrexit: The Uncivil WarThe Bisexual and Informer.

Sheila Atim | Rosa

Productions at the Finborough Theatre include Rachel.

Trained at Wac Arts.

Theatre includes Othello (Shakespeare’s Globe), Girl from the North Country for which she won Best Supporting Actress in a Musical at the 2018 Olivier Awards, the Critics’ Circle Award for Most Promising Newcomer and the Clarence Derwent Award, and was nominated for the Emerging Talent Category at the 2017 Evening Standard Awards and for Best Supporting Actress in a Play at the 2018 WhatsOnStage Awards (The Old Vic and Noël Coward Theatre), Babette’s Feast (Print Room at the Coronet), Les Blancs (National Theatre), Julius Caesar and Henry IV (Donmar Warehouse), The Tempest (Donmar Warehouse and St Anne’s Warehouse, New York), The Interrogation of Sandra Bland (Bush Theatre), VolponeLove’s Sacrifice and The Jew of Malta (Royal Shakespeare Company) and Hopelessly Devoted (Paines Plough).

Productions by Chè Walker include Klook’s Last Stand (Park Theatre) and The Lightning Child (Shakespeare’s Globe).

Film includes Sulphur and White.

Television includes Harlots, Bounty Hunters and The Feed.

Benjamin Cawley | Karl

Productions at the Finborough Theatre include Fog and The Hospital at the Time of The Revolution.

Theatre includes The Mysteries (Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester), The Strange Death of John Doe and Patterns of Grace (Hampstead Theatre), Queen of Chapeltown(West Yorkshire Playhouse), The Wind In The Willows (Wardrobe Ensemble), The Tempest (Southwark Playhouse), Get Carter (Northern Stage, Newcastle), Fog (Park Theatre and National Tour), Shiverman (Theatre503), Chavs (Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith), Dunsinane (Royal Shakespeare Company), On The High Road (Urgent Theatre), Sense (Made By Brick), Sticks and Stones (Old Red Lion Theatre), Dark Carnival (Old Vic Tunnels) and O.O.L.P.O.S.P (Ovalhouse).

Television includes Crossing LinesThe PactDoctor WhoShetlandDoctors and How TV Ruined Your Life.

Film includes Christmas Eve.

Cary Crankson | Seamus

Trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.

Theatre includes All My Sons (Nottingham Playhouse), A View From The Bridge (Wyndham’s Theatre), Abigail’s Party (The Curve, Leicester), The Saints (Nuffield Southampton Theatres, Southampton), Dealer’s Choice (Royal and Derngate Theatres, Northampton), London, Seawall and Wasted (Paines Plough and The Roundhouse),Chapel Street (Underbelly and The Old Vic New Voices), Othello (Rose Theatre, Bankside), Desire Under The Elms (New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme), The Rover(Southwark Playhouse), Exit Signs – Rough Cuts (Royal Court Theatre), Flight Path (Bush Theatre) and Silverland (59E59 Theaters, New York, and Arcola Theatre).

Television includes The BillDoctors and Wild West.

Film includes Rock ‘N’ Roll and F*#kin Lovely.


Jessica Ledon | Havana

Trained at the Stella Adler Academy of Acting Los Angeles.

Theatre includes The VampyreRabbit Hole and A Month in The CountryNight Mother and Time Is Love/Tiempo es Amor (Stella Adler Academy of Acting Los Angeles).

Television includes Ballers.


Montana Roesch | Serena The Sex Worker

Trained at Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts and Stella Adler Academy of Acting Los Angeles.

Theatre includes Den of Thieves (The Lab Theater), Korczak’z Children (American Conservatory Theater) and A Singular They (The Blank Theatre).

Television includes VEEPLove, and Overthinking With Kat and June.

Film includes Low Low.

The press on Chè Walker’s previous productions at the Finborough Theatre

“Fringe theatre is bristling with creativity and flair but is often overlooked. This seething mass of talent has risen to the surface at the Finborough with this transfixing production. Making his directorial debut, Chè Walker creates a wonderfully tragic journey…this production is a triumph for all involved.” The Stage on Achidi J’s Final Hours

“Walker, directing a persuasive cast, creates a dark and compelling onstage world.” Sam Marlowe, The Times on Achidi J’s Final Hours

“Superbly directed by Chè Walker…an exciting, darkly comic evening.” Aleks Sierz, What’s On in London on Etta Jenks

Blue Surge – Time Out Critics’ Choice, «««« Four Stars, Time Out, The Times, The Guardian, WhatsOnStage and Evening Standard.

“Powerfully served…by Chè Walker’s direction…An evening of great theatre.” Jeremy Kingston, The Times on Blue Surge

Fog – Time Out Show of the Week and Critics’ Choice, ««««« Five Stars, WhatsOnStage, ««««Four Stars The Daily Telegraph and Time Out
“Chè Walker’s sizzling and stunning production.” Aleks Sierz, The Stage on Fog
“Chè Walker’s cleverly heightened production jangles your nerves and twists your heart.” Paul Taylor, The Independent
“Chè Walker’s production…is intimate, tender, terrifying” Kate Bassett, The Independent on Sunday on Fog
His Greatness – Time Out Critics’ Choice – «««« Four Stars The Sunday Times, WhatsOnStage and Time Out

 The press on Chè Walker’s plays

“Lively, funny, extremely well-written.” The Times on The Frontline

“Hilarious and startlingly touching.” The Independent on Sunday on The Frontline

“Hilarious, elating, enormously entertaining.” The Sunday Times on Been So Long The Musical

“A brilliant piece of dramatic poetry.” The Scotsman on Crazy Love

“A blistering, angrily funny play.” The Telegraph on Flesh Wound



Finborough Theatre, 118 Finborough Road, London SW10 9ED

Sheila Atim interview: ‘The government could do with empowering people to get in the driving seat, particularly those who otherwise wouldn’t get the chance.’

In April, Olivier Award winning Actor Sheila Atim said that she wanted to see more women ‘who look like her’ winning Olivier awards. Atim also warned that the industry should not “get complacent” about diversity, saying there is “always work to do”.

Atim is positive about developments but also direct about the pressing importance of diversity on and off stage. “I’m seeing a lot more of friends getting great roles and I’m seeing a lot more of my non-white friends in stronger positions to create work,” says Atim, 27.

Sheila Atim at Olivier Awards 2018

We talk about representation, in all its forms, on and off stage. “Representation is the perfect word,” she agrees. “It is not just the representation on stage. The reality is until you get to the top level you are the last person – as the actor – to come on board a project. In terms of how the shots are called and before we get to the casting process, we need to look at shifting the culture of that group,” Atim says.

“There is definitely a momentum building to take control of our own careers, you can look at it as progress,” she says. “Ultimately, I think it is important that those people are in that space and are aware of the disparities. They have a responsibility to create a channel and have a position where they can genuinely call some shots. If I reach that point, I’m not going to sit there by myself. I will try and do that to make sure I facilitate others – you can’t just talk about it – every forward motion has equal and opposite reaction.”

In 2017 Atim starred as Marianne in Conor McPherson’s stunning Bob Dylan musical Girl From The North Country, taking Dylan’s music and giving it a new spin. This year she took home the best actress in a supporting role in a musical Olivier Award for her exquisite performance.

Arinze Kene, Sheila Atim in Girl From The North Country, 2017

She brightens when I ask what that whirlwind was like. I tell her that she owes me an apology for breaking my heart. “I can’t overstate how special that job was and to be able to share it with the people that we shared it with,” she says, cheerfully. “It was like a weird dream that was happening to us all. It felt like one of those moments where I’d say – everything about this is right –everyone gets it – this is it. That is why when people tell me they enjoyed it so much, I still feel moved,” she adds.

We discuss patronage; those privileged few in positions of power who control appointments and decisions. She says: ‘We have to allow people to stand on their own two feet and make sure that everyone’s voices are being heard – this is a larger conversation to do with allyship; you have to allow us to take the steering wheel – otherwise we will remain in a position where we are at someone else’s mercy.”

Now she is starring in an independent film – as shipwrecked twins Viola and Sebastian in a modern screen adaptation of William Shakespeare’s comedy Twelfth Night by Shanty Productions – an independent film production company, co-founded by Rakie Ayola and Adam Smethurst. The play has been adapted for the screen to reflect multicultural Britain today.

Does she see the 400-year-old play as a comedy? “It is a comedy but when I was filming my sections – I was not experiencing comedy,” she exclaims.

Sheila Atim in Shanty Productions Twelfth Night

“There is humour in the conceit of Viola and Sebastian being twins and people thinking that they’re dead, however, the distress they are feeling is very real: Viola thinks her brother is dead and assumes an image of her brother and is worried about her currency of being a woman – that is a really sad story! She has someone who has fallen in love with her but is trying to facilitate a relationship – similarly for Sebastian. It was interesting playing both those characters and seeing the film and being reminded that it is a funny film – it was a great experience. Truly. Around the time we filmed it there had been a lot in the media around the refugee crisis – which this does give nods to. Even now, it feels timely.”

Atim is no stranger to Shakespeare – in 2016 she performed in Phyllida Lloyd‘s acclaimed all-female Shakespeare trilogy at the Donmar. Recently she starred in Othello as Emilia, alongside Mark Rylance, at Shakespeare’s Globe. Does she see herself doing more of the Bard’s work in the future? “I do want to do more,” she says. “However, I feel interspersing Shakespeare with other stuff is great because then it gives me a chance to not get cynical and get back to it,”.

Sheila Atim in Shakespeare Trilogy at the Donmar

“If I stayed in that classical world for too long, though, I wouldn’t be able to marry the good things that come with dealing a piece of work that is 400 years old,” says Atim.

“I don’t believe in loading every production with a concept. I do believe that when you go into a project you have to be very clear about what it is your trying to explore. I think for it to really be worth it – otherwise there is no point in putting on these plays –when I want to be in a Shakespeare play I’m trying to provoke something.”

Atim has been particularly vocal about the importance of a creative curriculum in our state schools. She highlighted this recently when she visited her old school, The Coopers’ Company and Coborn School to speak about the importance of Drama. When I ask her thoughts on new research published that found almost a third of children did not realise that Shakespeare was a playwright and half of secondary pupils have not been to the theatre with school, she says: “I’ll tell you why I find that alarming – not because I think everyone should know who Shakespeare is for any ideological reason. What confuses me about those figures are that Shakespeare is everywhere. There are modern adaptations, films, revivals and we have two fantastic theatres that are dedicated to his work: The RSC and The Globe,”.

“I understand the strain that schools are under – my own school was nearly forced to cut it’s A level drama and music courses because of funding cuts. The message from our current government is one that feels that the arts are a luxury. But art is all around us –the design of a book cover, galleries, music -you can’t escape it. You can try and dress it up and make it for a certain group of people but that is not the case. I find that really worrying because the cultural experience opens up so much for people,” says Atim.

I ask Sheila if there’s anything she’d like to add? “Oh, that’s a good question.”

She thinks for a moment.

“I know that Brexit is coming up but the arts could do with more money, more investment” she says frankly. “The government could do with empowering people to get in the driving seat, particularly those who otherwise wouldn’t get the chance– they can be there and they deserve to be there – charity is great – but we need to allow people to build their own agency. It cannot be forever the case that the arts are waiting for handouts.”

Twelfth Night by Shanty Productions is available to download and watch now on Amazon 

Shakespeare’s Globe announces full casting for Othello, directed by Claire van Kampen



Shakespeare’s Globe has announced the full casting for Othellodirected by Claire van Kampen, opening in The Globe on Friday 20 July.

Sheila Atim will play Emilia. Winner of an Olivier Award earlier this year for her role in Girl From The North Country (Old Vic, West End) Sheila is returning to Shakespeare’s Globe after making her professional debut on The Globe stage in Matthew Dunster’s The Lightning Child in 2013. Sheila’s other theatre work includes The Shakespeare Trilogy at The Donmar Warehouse, Les Blancs(National Theatre) and Volpone (RSC).

Catherine Bailey will play Bianca and Doge of Venice. Catherine appeared in the Globe’s productions of Julius CaesarThe Merchant of Venice and Dr Scroggy’s War in 2014. Other recent theatre work incudes King Lear (No 1 Tour) and The 39 Steps (West End). Television includes The Crown (Netflix), Strike: The Silkworm (BBC/HBO) and Mr Selfridge (ITV).

William Chubb will play Brabantio and Montano. William’s recent theatre credits include This House(National Theatre), Racing Demon (Theatre Royal Bath), Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are DeadKing Lear (Old Vic) and Lawrence After Arabia (Hampstead Theatre).

Steffan Donnelly will play Roderigo, returning to The Globe after appearing in Romeo and Juliet in 2015, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Titus Andronicus in 2014. Steffan’s other recent theatre work includes My Body Welsh (Invertigo) and Pilgrims (HighTide/Theatre Clwd/Yard), for which he was nominated for an Offie. Television work includes The Innocents (Netflix) and Shakespeare Uncovered(BBC).

André Holland will play Othello. André is best known for his roles in Academy Award-winning films Moonlight and Selma. The multi-award-winning actor’s other screen credits include 42 and The Knick. Theatre credits include Jitney (Broadway), Blue Door (Playwrights Horizons), Wig Out (Vineyard Theatre), The Brother / Sister Plays (Public Theatre) and All’s Well That Ends Well (Shakespeare in the Park).

Micah Loubon is Chorus. Micah’s past theatre credits include Romeo and Juliet and The Taming of the Shrew, as part of Intermission Youth Theatre.

Ira Mandela Siobhan also joins as Chorus. Ira returns to The Globe after playing Posthumus in Matthew Dunster’s Imogen in 2014. Other recent theatre credits include The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe (West Yorkshire Playhouse) and Mosquitoes (National Theatre).

Aaron Pierre will play Cassio. Aaron is best known for his role as Dev-Em in SyFy’s hit series Krypton. His further television credits include Jez Butterworth’s Britannia (Sky Atlantic), The A Word  (BBC) and Prime Suspect 1973 (ITV). Aaron’s theatre credits whilst training include Of Mice and MenCoriolanusPlatonov and The Virtuoso (LAMDA).

Mark Rylance will play Iago. Mark has just starred in the Globe’s Tony Award-nominated production of Farinelli and the King on Broadway (originally produced under Dominic Dromgoole’s tenure as Artistic Director). He was the founding Artistic Director of the Globe, acting for ten years between 1996 – 2005, playing a multitude of roles including the Countess Olivia in Twelfth Night and Richard in Richard III (Shakespeare’s Globe, West End, Broadway). Further stage credits include Jerusalem (Royal Court, West End) and Boeing-Boeing (West End, Broadway). His screen credits include Wolf Hall, Dunkirk, The BFG and Bridge of Spies.

Clemmie Sveaas is Chorus. As a dancer and actress, she has performed regularly at the Royal Opera House, Royal Ballet and is a member of New Movement Collective. She has danced with leading companies such as Phoenix Dance Theatre and Rambert. Clemmie’s recent theatre credits include Pinocchio (National Theatre), Les Enfants Terribles (Barbican Theatre) and Macbeth (Young Vic).

Badria Timimi will play Lodovica. She has most recently appeared on screen in Carnival Row(Amazon), with other television credits including Father Brown (BBC), EastEnders (BBC) and Unforgotten (ITV). Her film credits include PusherSyriana and Tim Burton’s feature film Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. Badria’s recent theatre work includes My Brilliant Friend(Rose Theatre Kingston), Told FromThe Inside (Royal Court) and Feed the Beast (Birmingham Rep).

Jessica Warbeck will play Desdemona. She played Hero in the Globe’s touring production of Much Ado About Nothing in 2015 and appeared in Othello (2015). Her other recent theatre work includes One Man Two Guvnors (Eastbourne Theatres) and Oliver Twist (European Tour).

 Olivier Awards 2018 Winners Announced

Olivier Awards

Olivier Awards

  • Hamilton Wins 7 awards including Best New Musical with Lin-Manuel Miranda and Orchestrator Alex Lacamoire winning Outstanding Achievement In Music and Giles Terera and Michael Jibson winning Best Actor and Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical respectively
  • The Ferryman wins 3 awards including Best New Play with Sam Mendes winning Best Director and Laura Donnelly winning Best Actress
  • The National Theatre celebrates 5 Awards including Best Revival for Angels In America and Best Musical Revival for Follies with Bryan Cranston winning Best Actor for his role in Network and Denise Gough winning Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Angels In America
  • Shirley Henderson and Sheila Atim win Best Actress in a Musical and Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Musical respectively for Girl From The North Country
  • Bertie Carvel wins Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Ink written by James Graham, who wins best Best New Comedy For Labour Of Love

The winners of the Olivier Awards 2018 with Mastercard, the UK’s most prestigious stage honours, were announced tonight (Sunday 8 April 2018) at London’s Royal Albert Hall hosted by Catherine Tate.  The full list of winners is available below and online at

This year’s ceremony will be broadcast on ITV tonight at 22:20. It will also broadcast worldwide at the same time, outside the UK, on the Olivier Awards Facebook page.  The Oliviers will broadcast in China via iQiyi on Tuesday 10 April.

New American musical Hamilton collected seven Olivier Awards including Best New Musical with composer-lyricist Lin-Manuel Miranda and orchestrator Alex Lacamoire winning Outstanding Achievement in Music.  Giles Terera, who plays the part of Aaron Burr, was named Best Actor in a Musical, with Michael Jibson winning Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical for his portrayal of King George III.  The musical, about the life of American Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, also went on to win Best Lighting Design, Best Sound Design, and Best Theatre Choreographer.

The Ferryman collected three Olivier Awards including Best New Play.  Stage and film director, Sam Mendes, won Best Director with Laura Donnelly winning Best Actress for her role in the Northern Irish drama set during The Troubles.

The National Theatre celebrate five Awards including Best Revival for Angels In America and Best Musical Revival for Follies.  Bryan Cranston won Best Actor for his role in Network and Denise Gough won Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her performance in Angels In America.  The production is currently playing in New York to great acclaim.

Shirley Henderson and Sheila Atim won Best Actress in a Musical and Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Musical respectively for Girl From The North Country, Conor McPherson’s musical based on the work of Bob Dylan.

Bertie Carvel was named Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Ink, written by James Graham who won Best New Comedy for Labour Of Love.

The Royal Court’s production of Killology won Outstanding Achievement in Affiliate Theatre and Dick Whittington won Best Entertainment and Family.

In the dance categories, Best New Dance Production went to Flight Pattern by Crystal Pite for The Royal Ballet at Royal Opera House.  Francesca Velicu won Outstanding Achievement in Dance for her performance in English National Ballet’s production of Pina Bausch’s Le Sacre Du Printemps at Sadler’s Wells.

The Royal Opera House won Best New Opera for Semiramide and Joyce DiDonato and Daniela Barcellona won Outstanding Achievement in Opera for their performances in Semiramide.

David Lan was this year’s recipient of the Special Award in recognition of his outstanding contribution in leading the Young Vic since 2000, his work within the local community around the theatre, and his commitment to internationalism and diversity.

Performances on the night included American musical theatre legend Chita Rivera performing the iconic West Side Story track Somewhere with Andy Karl (Olivier Award 2017 winner for his performance in Groundhog Day), Adam J. Bernard (Olivier Award 2017 winner for his performance in Dreamgirls), and the Arts Educational Schools London Choir, to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the production debuting in London.  There was also a unique moment to honour the 50th anniversary of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s iconic musical Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat with past stars including Jason Donovan and Linzi Hateley, Lee Mead and Preeya Kalidas, and Joe McElderry and Danielle Hope. There were also performances from nominated musicals including: HamiltonEverybody’s Talking About Jamie; Girl From The North Country, Young Frankenstein, Follies and 42nd Street.

Presenters this year included Alexandra Burke, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Anne-Marie Duff,  Beverley Knight, Chita Rivera, Cuba Gooding Jnr, Frank DiLella, Juliet Stevenson, Meera Syal, Mel Giedroyc, Michael Sheen, Ophelia Lovibond, Patti LuPone, Pearl Mackie and Sergei Polunin.



The Ferryman at Jerwood Theatre Downstairs at the Royal Court Theatre and Gielgud Theatre


Labour Of Love at Noël Coward Theatre


Flight Pattern by Crystal Pite for The Royal Ballet at Royal Opera House


Francesca Velicu for her performance in English National Ballet’s production of Pina Bausch’s Le Sacre Du Printemps at Sadler’s Wells


Dick Whittington at London Palladium


Vicki Mortimer for Follies at National Theatre – Olivier


Nevin Steinberg for Hamilton at Victoria Palace Theatre


Bertie Carvel for Ink at Almeida Theatre and Duke of York’s Theatre


Denise Gough for Angels In America at National Theatre – Lyttelton


Killology at Jerwood Theatre Upstairs at the Royal Court Theatre, a co-production with Sherman Theatre Cardiff


Bob Crowley and 59 Productions for An American In Paris at Dominion Theatre


Howell Binkley for Hamilton at Victoria Palace Theatre


Bryan Cranston for Network at National Theatre – Lyttelton


Laura Donnelly for The Ferryman at Jerwood Theatre Downstairs at the Royal Court Theatre and Gielgud Theatre


Sam Mendes for The Ferryman at Jerwood Theatre Downstairs at the Royal Court Theatre and Gielgud Theatre


Semiramide at Royal Opera House


Joyce DiDonato and Daniela Barcellona for their performances in Semiramide at Royal Opera House


Angels In America at National Theatre – Lyttelton


Hamilton – Composer-Lyricist: Lin-Manuel Miranda; Orchestrator: Alex Lacamoire at Victoria Palace Theatre


Andy Blankenbuehler for Hamilton at Victoria Palace Theatre


Follies at National Theatre – Olivier


Michael Jibson for Hamilton at Victoria Palace Theatre


Sheila Atim for Girl From The North Country at The Old Vic and the Noël Coward Theatre


Shirley Henderson for Girl From The North Country at The Old Vic and the Noël Coward Theatre


Giles Terera for Hamilton at Victoria Palace Theatre


Hamilton at Victoria Palace Theatre


David Lan


The Critics’ Circle Theatre Awards


Casting is announced for the West End transfer for Bob Dylan’s and Conor McPherson’s Girl From the North Country

Casting is today announced for the West End transfer for Bob Dylan’s and Conor McPherson’s Girl From the North Country, following a sell-out, critically acclaimed run at The Old Vic.

Brought to life by an exceptional 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.

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…

‘An instant classic’ The Times ***** ‘Piercingly beautiful’ The Independent ***** ‘Conor McPherson weaves magic with Bob Dylan’s songs’ The Observer ***** ‘Dylan’s songs expand the emotional palette: direct and gnomic, raging and desiring’ The Sunday Times ****

Girl from the North Country features a stellar cast:

Sheila Atim plays Marianne Laine. Recent theatre credits include Babette’s Feast (Coronet Printroom), The Tempest, Henry IV and Julius Ceasar as part of the Shakespeare Trilogy (Donmar Warehouse), Hopelessly Devoted (Paines Plough) 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 and the upcoming second series of Harlots.

Hannah Azuonye is part of the ensemble. This production marks her professional and West End debut. Her theatre credits include Thick Skin (Poor Michelle Theatre Company) which won the Samuel French New Play Award at the National Student Drama Festival. Her recent screen credits include The Things I Will Not Miss.

Mary Doherty is part of the ensemble. Her recent theatre credits include Twelfth Night (National Theatre), Henry IV Trilogy, Anne Boleyn, All’s Well That Ends Well, Henry VIII (The Globe), Inherit the Wind (Old Vic), Merry Wives the Musical (RSC), Two Cities (Salisbury Playhouse), Avenue Q (West End), Grease (UK Tour). Her film and television credits include Shakespeare Uncovered and True Stories. Her radio credits include How to Have a Perfect Marriage and The Saudi Prince and the Pauper.

Bronagh Gallagher plays Mrs Burke. Theatre credits include The Faith Machine, Dublin Carol (Royal Court), Every Good Boy Deser ves Favour and War Horse (National Theatre). Film credits include 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.

David Ganly plays Mr. Burke. His theatre credits include On Blueberry Hill (Dublin Theatre Festival), Once (Olympia Theatre Dublin), Lonesome West (Tron Theatre), The Plough & the Stars (Abbey Theatre Dublin and Irish & US Tour), Shakespeare in Love (Noel Coward Theatre), Threepenny Opera (Gate Theatre), King Lear (Theatre Royal Bath), Cinderella (Lyric Hammersmith) Macbeth (Sheffield Crucible), The Lonesome West (Druid Theatre, The Royal Court, Sydney Festival and Lyceum, Broadway) Of Mice and Men (The Watermill), The Wizard of Oz (London Palladium), The Beauty Queen of Leenane (Young Vic)for which David received an OFFIE nomination for Best Actor, Chicago (Cambridge Theatre London), The Weir (Gate Theatre), Translations (National Theatre) and The Full Monty (Prince of Wales Theatre). His film and television credits include Citizen Charlie, Sunset Song, Body of Lies, Hippie Hippie Shake, Dorothy Mills, Widow’s Peak and Space Truckers.

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 Justice League, Red Sparrow, Woman Walks Ahead, 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, Road to Perdition, Veronica Guerin, Calendar Girls, Tombraider II, The Sun of all Fears and Persuasion. Television credits include The Terror, Game of Thrones, Political Animals, Above Suspicion, Rome, The Mayor of Casterbridge, Jane Eyre and Persuasion.

Adam James plays Dr. Walker. His recent theatre credits include Consent (National Theatre), An Enemy of the People (Chichester Festival Theatre), Bull (Young Vic), My Child (Royal Court), 13 (National Theatre) and King Charles III for which he received the Clarence Derwent Award for best supporting actor. Further theatre credits include Rapture, Blister, Burn and Tiger Country (Hampstead Theatre), Much Ado About Nothing (Wyndhams Theatre), The Pride (Broadway) for which he received Lucille Lortel Award for Best Actor in a Featured Role, Gethsemane, Blood & Gifts (National Theatre), Now or Later (Royal Court) and King Lear (Royal Exchange). His television credits include Home From Home, Eric, Ernie and Me, Doctor Foster, King Charles III, Endeavour, Grantchester, Coalition, The Game, The Crimson Field, Law & Order, Family Tree, Miranda, Doctor Who, Hustle, Secret Diary of a Call Girl, Ashes to Ashes, Extras, England Expects, Love Soup, The Lost Battalion and Band of Brothers. His film credits include Johnny English III, Hunter Killer, A Little Chaos, Last Chance Harvey, Mother of Tears and Road To Guantanamo.

Claudia Jolly plays Katherine Draper. A recent graduate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (Gold Medial recipient). Claudia was recently seen in the BBC adaptation of NW and is soon to appear in the film On Chesil Beach. Claudia plays Mariarosa in the BBC Radio 4 adaptation of Ela Ferrante’s Neapolitan novels.

Karl Johnson plays Mr Perry. His recent theatre credits include King Lear (Old Vic), Hamlet (Barbican Centre), Fathers and Sons (Donmar Warehouse), Barking in Essex (Wyndham’s Theatre), Noises Off (Old Vic and West End), Frankenstein, The Seafarer, Tales From The Vienna Wood, Scenes From the Big Picture, The Walls (National Theatre). The Absence of Women (Lyric Theatre, Belfast), Almost Nothing/At the Table, Not Not Not Not Not Enough Oxygen, This is a Chair and The Night Heron (Royal Court). His television credits include King Lear, Mum, Born to Kill, Dickensian, Plebs, Atlantis, Call the Midwife, Merlin, The Trial of Tony Blair and Rules of Engagement. His film credits include Peterloo, Kaleidoscope, Mr Turner, The Deep Blue Sea and Close My Eyes.

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 Informer. His film credits include Been So Long, The Pass, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and Freestyle.

Emmanuel Kojo is part of the ensemble. His recent theatre credits include Oklahoma! (BBC Proms 2017), Twelfth Night (National Theatre), Show Boat (Sheffield Theatre, West End), Kiss Me Kate  (Opera North) and The Scottsboro Boys (Garrick Theatre and Young Vic). His television credits include Oklahoma! and Walliams and Friends.

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 and Hollow.

Tim McMullan plays Reverend Walker. His theatre credits include over 15 shows at the National Theatre including Common, Twelfth Night, Man and Superman, The Cherry Orchard, Burnt by the Sun, Coram Boy, Dark Materials and The Three Sisters; and he is an associate of Complicité with who his work includes The Master and Marguerita, Mnemonic and Three Lives of Lucie Cabrol. Other theatre credits include The Tempest (The Globe), Hapgood (Hampstead Theatre), Fathers and Sons (Donmar Warehouse), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (RSC), The Misanthrope with Keira Knightley (Comedy Theatre, West End), King Charles III (Wyndham’s Theatre), and As You Like It (Glove Theatre). Film credits include King Charles III, The Woman in Black, The Queen, Shakespeare in Love, The Fifth Element and Shadowlands. Recent television credits include Melrose, Fearless, The Witness for the Prosecution, Dr Thorne, Grantchester II, The Go-Between, Foyle’s War (in which Tim played the MI5 agent, Valentine, for two series), The Hollow Crown: Henry IV: Parts 1 & 2, and Parade’s End.

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.

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.

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 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, and The Night Alive (New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play, Olivier, Evening Standard and Lucille Lortel Award nominated). Adaptations include Franz Xaver Kroetz’s The Nest, and August Strindberg’s The Dance of Death. Screen credits include the screenplay for the BBC series Paula, broadcast earlier this year.

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.


Further casting to be announced in due course.

Sony Music also announces the vinyl release of The Original London Cast Recording of Girl from the North Country. Released on the Silvertone label, and already available on CD, download and streaming services, the double vinyl will be available from 15th December. It is available to pre-order on Amazon now.

The Old Vic’s production of Girl from the North Country is produced by Tristan Baker & Charlie Parsons for Runaway Entertainment, Steven Lappin, Sony Music Entertainment UK and David Mirvish.

Full cast announced for Bill Buckhurst’s Babette’s Feast at Print Room at the Coronet

Sheila Atim as Babette in Babette's Feast

Sheila Atim as Babette in Babette’s Feast. Photo by Hugo Glendinning

The full casting has been announced for Glyn Maxwell’s commissioned adaptation of the much loved short story Babette’s Feast by the revered Danish storyteller Karen Blixen. Bringing their innovative style to Print Room at the Coronet, Bill Buckhurst reunites with designer Simon Kenny, following their hugely successful collaboration on “Sweeney Todd” at Harrington’s Pie and Mash Shop. The 2015 production transferred to the West End and is now playing off-Broadway at New York’s Barrow Street Theatre. With new music composed by Olly Fox, this world premiere, telling the story of one community’s willingness to accept a stranger in need, begins previews on 9th May.

Karen Blixen is widely recognised for the portrayal of her by Meryl Streep in the Academy Award Winning film, Out of Africa, as well Gabriel Axel’s acclaimed screen adaptation of Babette’s Feast, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. Blixen wrote some of Denmark’s most-loved fiction from the 1900’s to her death in 1962, often under pseudonyms, most prolifically as Isak Dinesen who is credited as the author of Babette’s Feast. Glyn Maxwell’s new adaptation will tell the story of Martine and Philippa, two sisters living in a remote coastal village with their father, The Dean. They live pious, simple lives until Babette arrives at their door, a refugee fleeing from the French Civil War seeking sanctuary. The sisters welcome her into their home and she works as their cook, feeding the locals for many years. In a selfless act of thanksgiving, Babette creates a lavish feast for the people of the town.

Joseph Marcell, best known for his role as Geoffrey in Fresh Prince of Bel Air, makes his Print Room at the Coronet debut in the roles of The Dean and Lorens Lowenheilm. Joining Marcell on the Coronet stage, Sheila Atim, recently seen on stage in the National Theatre’s Les Blancs, will be playing the titular role of Babette. Brideshead Revisted star Diana Quick will take on the part of Martine, with her on-stage sister Philippa being played by Majorie Yates, recognised for her role in Channel 4’s Shameless. Norma Attalah, Amanda Boxer, Richard Clews, Ladi Emeruwa, Henry Everett, Whoopie Van Raam and Rachel Winters complete the cast.


9 May – 3 June 2017
Evenings: 7.30pm, Matinees: Saturdays 3pm
Babette’s Feast
Based on a novella by Karen Blixen
Press Night: Monday 15th May, 7pm

Adapted by Glyn Maxwell
Directed by Bill Buckhurst