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Lyric Hammersmith and LIFT announcing Fatherland dates

Fatherland-3 - Photographer Manuel Harlan

Fatherland-3 - Photographer Manuel Harlan

Fatherland Photographer Manuel Harlan


Today booking opens at the Lyric Hammersmith and LIFT for Fatherland, which opens at the Lyric in May 2018 as part of the Lyric’s Spring/Summer 2018 season and LIFT 2018. This bold new production, by Scott Graham, Karl Hyde and Simon Stephens, focusing on contemporary fatherhood in all its complexities and contradictions, premiered at the Royal Exchange Theatre as part of Manchester International Festival.

This intensely physical production is performed by a 13-strong cast who will be joined by the Chorus of Others, a cacophony of voices, specially formed as part of Fatherland, for the production at the Lyric. Fatherland features exclusive songs and music written by Karl Hyde (Underworld) and Matthew Herbert.

Inspired by conversations with fathers and sons from the three co-creators’ hometowns across England, Corby, Kidderminster and Stockport, Fatherland explores identity, nationality and masculinity. In a vivid and deeply personal portrait of 21st-century England at the crossroads of past, present and future, Fatherland is a show about what we were, who we are and what we try to be.

Commissioned and produced by Lyric Hammersmith, LIFT, Manchester International Festival, Frantic Assembly and the Royal Exchange Theatre. Supported by PRS for Music Foundation.

Creative Team
Co-Author & Director                    Scott Graham
Co-Author & Composer                 Karl Hyde
Co-Author & Writer                        Simon Stephens
Designer                                            Jon Bausor
Lighting Designer                          Jon Clark
Co-Composer & Music Producer Matthew Herbert
Sound Designer                              Ian Dickinson for Autograph Sound
Choreographer                               Eddie Kay
Dramaturg                                       Nick Sidi
Casting Director                             Anne McNulty CDG

Karl Hyde and Matthew Herbert release collaborative album for Fatherland at Manchester International Festival

Fatherland

Fatherland

Fatherland (Original Music from the Stage Show) is a collection of recordings by Underworld’s Karl Hyde and producer/artist Matthew Herbert. The songs are based on extracts from the script for Fatherland, a play conceived and written in collaboration by Karl, playwright Simon Stephens (Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Punk Rock) and Frantic Assembly’s Scott Graham. Premiering at Manchester International Festival this July. Fatherland is a bold, ambitious show about the complexities and contradictions of fatherhood; a vivid, urgent and deeply personal portrait of 21st-century England at the crossroads of past, present and future. The script is based on recorded interviews that took place in Corby, Stockport and Bewdley in 2015 when Graham, Stephens and Hyde undertook a road trip connecting their home towns, gathering stories of fathers and fatherhood from family, friends, and strangers.

Fatherland (Original Music from the Stage Show) features versions of pieces that will be interpreted by the cast of Fatherland (the lyrics are taken from the same original source material captured on that road trip) yet is its own distinctive piece of work – an odd, affecting collection of elegiac, biographies. The album comprises the original recordings made through this unique collaboration between two of British music’s most innovative artists, Karl Hyde and Matthew Herbert.

Karl Hyde:
Fatherland is all about the collecting and re-telling of stories. For the last thirty years, that’s what I’ve done with Underworld. I’ve sung verbatim the stories I’ve picked up from the street. Here was the possibility of having complete stories about people we knew, rather than found fragments from strangers.

“I invited Matthew Herbert to collaborate as I love his music and the way he thinks. He works incredibly fast – as do I. Early on, we decided we wanted to create our music from the sounds of objects that reminded us of our fathers and our childhoods. That could be a football bouncing or a set of car keys, a whistle or the sound of a car engine purring. Anything that evoked the idea of childhood and of our fathers. All of the sounds on the record came from digging up those memories.

“The lyrics are taken from the script. When Matthew and I began, we took stories that jumped out at us from the script and built the tracks around them. I’d sing the words verbatim, inspired by the sounds Matthew made – all the ums and ahs are used as they were in the original conversations. As we began translating these ideas into songs, it became very clear that we were making a kind of 21st century folk music.”

Matthew Herbert:
Working with sounds rather than traditional musical instruments allowed us ways not only into new textures, but also to add a layer of storytelling that I think is really useful in this kind of context. For example, we used a pick axe and spade to make the main organ/keyboard noise in Perfect Moment that created both the odd harmonics that were useful in the song writing, and also helped us to remember the manual labour of our grandfathers. It’s been rewarding collaborating with Karl and the team on a version of a musical that can accommodate these sounds that manage to sound both familiar and alien at the same time. The cherry on the cake was being able to form that new language with Karl, whose impeccable experience shaping words and melody meant that we rapidly found a rhythm that hopefully enabled us to get out the way quite quickly, allowing the audience to listen to the stories themselves.”

Fatherland opens at Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre on Saturday 1st July 2017 and runs through Saturday 22nd July 2017, as part of MIF17. The album is available from 30th June 2017 and available to pre-order now.

Commissioned and produced by Manchester International Festival, Frantic Assembly, the Royal Exchange Theatre, Lyric Hammersmith and LIFT. Supported by PRS for Music Foundation.

www.underworldlive.com       www.matthewherbert.com     www.mif.co.uk

Karl Hyde Studied fine art at Stourbridge & Cardiff and is a founder member of Underworld and the art collective Tomato. As half of Underworld, Hyde has spent the last 25 years recording and touring, while also exploring solo and collaborative projects with Brian Eno and others. He has exhibited art works internationally since 1978, published two books of street poetry ‘Mmm Skyscraper I love You’ & ‘In the Belly of St Paul’ (with John Warwicker) and his semi-autobiographical book ‘I am Dogboy’. Film and Theatre credits (as Underworld) include Beautiful Burnout (National Theatre of Scotland / Frantic Assembly), Frankenstein (National Theatre), Sunshine (dir Danny Boyle), Breaking & Entering (dir Anthony Minghella) and the London 2012 Olypmic Opening Ceremony. Underworld’s Grammy nominated “Barbara Barbara, we face a shining future” was released in 2016 to critical acclaim and saw the band performing headline slots at Glastonbury, Coachella and Summer Sonic.

In addition to Fatherland, at Manchester International Festival 2017, Hyde and Underworld partner Rick Smith present an installation piece ‘Manchester Street Poem’, a project that will spotlight the stories of those who find themselves homeless in the city, at UNFEAR (6th July to 14th July).
Matthew Herbert is a musician, artist and writer, whose range of work extends from albums such as bodily functions and ONE PIG to Ivor Novello-nominated film scores (Life in a Day) as well as music for Broadway, TV, games and radio. Herbert has remixed artists including Quincy Jones, Serge Gainsbourg and Ennio Morricone and worked with acts as diverse as Bjork and Dizzee Rascal. Herbert is most known for working with sound, turning ordinary ‘found sound’ into electronic music. His debut play as writer/director (The Hush) opened at the National Theatre in 2013, and his opera, The Crackle, opened at the Royal Opera House in 2014. Music for theatre includes People, Places and Things and Edgar and Annabel at the National; Machinal and Top Girls on Broadway; and Drunk Enough to Say I Love You at the Royal Court. Herbert is an artistic researcher at Canterbury Christ Church University and Director of the New BBC Radiophonic Workshop.

In addition to Fatherland, at Manchester International Festival 2017, Herbert will present an installation piece ‘Music for a Busy City’ at the Great Northern Warehouse (30th June to 16th July).

For more information about the release and Fatherland contact Robin Turner at Turner Hall.

#fatherland

Commissioned and produced by Manchester International Festival, Frantic Assembly, the Royal Exchange Theatre, Lyric Hammersmith and LIFT. Supported by PRS for Music Foundation.

Cast
Joseph Alessi              Alan
Luke Brown                 Martin
Bryan Dick                    Karl
Emun Elliott                Scott
Ankit Giri                       Samir
Nick Holder                  Mel
David Judge                 Daniel
Neil McCaul                  Graham
Tachia Newell              Craig
Luke Rigg                        Jack
Ferdy Roberts               Simon
Deka Walmsley            Stephen

Creative Team

Scott Graham              Co-Author & Director
Karl Hyde                      Co-Author & Composer
Simon Stephens        Co-Author & Writer
Jon Bausor                    Designer
Jon Clark                        Lighting Designer

Matthew Herbert      Co-Composer & Music Producer
Ian Dickinson               Sound Designer
for Autograph Sound
Beth Allen                       Vocal Coach
Eddie Kay                        Choreographer
Anne McNulty CDG   Casting Director
Nick Sidi                           Dramaturg

For the full festival programme, please visit www.mif.co.uk

LISTINGS

FATHERLAND
ROYAL EXCHANGE THEATRE

1 – 15 JULY, 7.30PM
MATINEES 6, 8, 9, 13, 15 JULY, 2.30PM
PRESS NIGHT 5 JULY

Continues at the Royal Exchange Theatre until 22 July
Captioned performance: 13 July
British Sign Language interpreted performance: 14 July
Audio-described performance: 15 July

Book tickets
mif.co.uk | 0843 208 1840
royalexchange.co.uk | 0161 833 9833

Tickets £16.50 – £39
£12 tickets for Greater Manchester residents on a lower wage

Fatherland will transfer to the Lyric Hammersmith, London in June 2018 as part of LIFT 2018, tickets will be on sale summer 2017.

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Last Chance to See – The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time in the West End

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time National Theatre London Gielgud Theatre

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
© Brinkhoff Mögenburg

The National Theatre’s award-winning production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time has its final performance at the Gielgud Theatre in London on Saturday 3 June 2017.

By 3 June Curious Incident will have played almost 1,500 performances in London and been seen by over 1 and a half million people, and nearly 3 million people world-wide. The original production opened at the NT’s Cottesloe Theatre in September 2012 and transferred to the Apollo Theatre in March 2013 before transferring to the Gielgud Theatre in July 2014.

To celebrate its five years in London and the final week of performances in the West End, the National Theatre is hosting a special platform bringing together the original creative team, including director Marianne Elliott, author Mark Haddon and playwright Simon Stephens.  A Final Farewell to the West End takes place on Thursday 1 June at 5.15pm, following the matinee performance at the Gielgud Theatre and will be chaired by ITV’s Arts Editor, Nina Nannar.

Adapted from Mark Haddon’s best-selling book by Simon Stephens and directed by Marianne Elliott the show tells the story of 15 year old Christopher Boone, who has an extraordinary brain; and is exceptional at maths while ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. He sets out to solve a mystery of who killed his neighbour’s dog, but his detective work takes him on a frightening journey that upturns his world. The role of Christopher has been played by 18 actors since the show originally opened in London. Luke Treadaway, who originated the role at the National Theatre, received a 2013 Oliver Award for Best Actor.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is designed by Bunny Christie, with lighting by Paule Constable, video design by Finn Ross, movement by Scott Graham and Steven Hoggett for Frantic Assembly, music by Adrian Sutton and sound by Ian Dickinson for Autograph.

The West End cast comprises:  Joseph Ayre as Christopher Boone with Jo Castleton as his teacher Siobhan, Nicolas Tennant  as Ed, Sarah Stanley as Judy, Jacqueline Clarke as Mrs Alexander, Amanda Posener as Mrs Shears, Ross Waiton as Roger Shears, Matthew Trevannion as Mr Thompson, Gemma Knight Jones as No.40/Punk Girl, David Nellist as Reverend Peters, and nineteen year old Thomas Dennis is the alternate Christopher (the youngest actor ever to play Christopher). They are joined by Charleen Qwaye, Danielle Kassaraté, Philip Stewart, Matt Wilman and Penelope McGhie.

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Final Four Weeks in West End for The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night Time

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time National Theatre London Gielgud Theatre

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time © Brinkhoff Mögenburg

The National Theatre’s award-winning production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is now in its final four weeks, with a last performance at the Gielgud Theatre in London on Saturday 3 June 2017.

To celebrate its five years in London and the final week of performances in the West End, the National Theatre is hosting a special platform with the original creative team, including director Marianne Elliott, author Mark Haddon and playwright Simon Stephens.  A Final Farewell to the West End takes place on Thursday 1 June at 5.15pm, following the matinee performance at the Gielgud Theatre and will be chaired by ITV’s Arts Editor, Nina Nannar.

The Olivier and Tony Award®-winning play was adapted from Mark Haddon’s best-selling book by Simon Stephens and directed by Marianne Elliott.  It is the recipient of seven Olivier Awards, including Best New Play, Best Director, Best Design, Best Lighting Design and Best Sound Design.

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By 3 June, Curious Incident will have played almost 1,500 performances in London and been seen by over 1 million people, and almost 2 and a half million people world-wide. The original production opened at the NT’s Cottesloe Theatre in September 2012, and transferred to the Apollo Theatre in March 2013 before transferring to the Gielgud Theatre in July 2014.  Curious Incident ran at the Barrymore Theatre in New York from September 2014 until September 2016, winning five Tony Awards® including Best Play and becoming the longest-running play on Broadway in more than 10 years.

The show tells the story of 15 year old Christopher Boone, who has an extraordinary brain; and is exceptional at maths while ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. He sets out to solve a mystery of who killed his neighbour’s dog, but his detective work takes him on a frightening journey that upturns his world. The role of Christopher has been played by 18 actors since the show originally opened in London. Luke Treadaway, who originated the role at the National Theatre, received a 2013 Oliver Award for Best Actor and Alex Sharp won the Tony Award® for Best Actor on Broadway.

Curious Incident is currently on its second tour of the UK and Ireland (now in Sheffield and touring in the UK until 16 September) and a major North American tour continues throughout 2017.  Further international dates include a run at the Carré Theatre in Amsterdam from 20 September to 1 October 2017 and the Princess of Wales Theater in Toronto from 10 October to 19 November 2017Further international dates are yet to be announced.

Producer Kash Bennett said: ‘We are so proud of this production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time which has enthralled London audiences since it first opened over five years ago and we are overjoyed that the show continues its extraordinary journey as it travels around the UK, Ireland, North America and beyond.’

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is designed by Bunny Christie, with lighting by Paule Constable, video design by Finn Ross, movement by Scott Graham and Steven Hoggett for Frantic Assembly, music by Adrian Sutton and sound by Ian Dickinson for Autograph.

The West End cast comprises of:  Joseph Ayre as Christopher Boone with Jo Castleton as his teacher Siobhan, Nicolas Tennant  as Ed, Sarah Stanley as Judy, Jacqueline Clarke as Mrs Alexander, Amanda Posener as Mrs Shears, Ross Waiton as Roger Shears, Matthew Trevannion as Mr Thompson, Gemma Knight Jones as No.40/Punk Girl, David Nellist as Reverend Peters, and nineteen year old Thomas Dennis is the alternate Christopher (the youngest actor ever to play Christopher). They are joined by Charleen Qwaye, Danielle Kassaraté, Philip Stewart, Matt Wilman and Penelope McGhie.

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Award-winning creative team of The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time reunite for a final farewell to the West End

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time National Theatre London Gielgud Theatre

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, National Theatre London, Gielgud Theatre, Cast 2016/2017 _

The National Theatre hosts a special platform with the original creative team of its award-winning production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time on Thursday 1 June at 5.15pm, following the matinee performance at the Gielgud Theatre in London.  The discussion will be chaired by ITV’s Arts Editor, Nina Nannar.  Tickets for the platform are £5.

Celebrating the final week of performances in the West End, this exclusive platform brings together the original Olivier and Tony Award®-winning creative team, including  the director Marianne Elliott, playwright, Simon Stephens, Lighting Designer, Paule Constable, Designer, Bunny Christie, Video Designer, Finn Ross, Movement directors:  Scott Graham and Steven Hoggett, Sound Designer Ian Dickinson and composer Adrian Sutton.

At the time of its West End closing on 3 June 2017, Curious Incident will become the Gielgud Theatre’s longest running play in over 45 years.  It will have played over 1,600 performances and been seen by over 1 million people in London, and almost 2 and a half million people world-wide. The original production opened at the NT’s Cottesloe Theatre in September 2012, and transferred to the Apollo Theatre in March 2013 before transferring to the Gielgud Theatre in July 2014.  Curious Incident ran at the Barrymore Theatre in New York from September 2014 until September 2016, winning five Tony Awards® including Best Play and becoming the longest-running play on Broadway in over a decade.

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The show tells the story of 15 year old Christopher Boone, who has an extraordinary brain; and is exceptional at maths while ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. He sets out to solve a mystery of who killed his neighbour’s dog, but his detective work takes him on a frightening journey that upturns his world. The role of Christopher has been played by 18 actors since the show originally opened in London. Luke Treadaway, who originated the role at the National Theatre, received a 2013 Olivier Award for Best Actor and Alex Sharp won the Tony Award® for Best Actor on Broadway.

As the National Theatre’s ground-breaking production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is about to close in the West End, it continues a second hugely successful tour of the UK and Ireland and a tour of North America.  Future international dates include its Canadian premiere at the Princess of Wales Theatre in Toronto from 10 October to 19 November 2017.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, adapted from Mark Haddon’s book by Simon Stephens and directed by Marianne Elliott, is designed by Bunny Christie, with lighting by Paule Constable, video design by Finn Ross, movement by Scott Graham and Steven Hoggett for Frantic Assembly, music by Adrian Sutton and sound by Ian Dickinson for Autograph.

The West End cast comprises of:  Joseph Ayre as Christopher Boone with Jo Castleton as his teacher Siobhan, Nicolas Tennant  as Ed, Sarah Stanley as Judy, Jacqueline Clarke as Mrs Alexander, Amanda Posener as Mrs Shears, Ross Waiton as Roger Shears, Matthew Trevannion as Mr Thompson, Gemma Knight Jones/Danielle Kassaraté, as No.40/Punk Girl, David Nellist as Reverend Peters, and nineteen year old Thomas Dennis is the alternate Christopher (the youngest actor ever to play Christopher). They are joined by Charleen Qwaye, Philip Stewart, Matt Wilman and Penelope McGhie.

Royal Court Theatre announce cast for Nuclear War, text by Simon Stephens, directed by Imogen Knight

Maureen Beattie, Sharon Duncan-Brewster, Gerrome Miller, Beatrice Scirocchi and Andrew Sheridan have been cast in Simon Stephens’ Nuclear War directed by Imogen Knight. It runs in the Royal Court Jerwood Theatre Upstairs 19 April 2017 – 6 May 2017 with Press Night on Friday 21 April.

With design by Royal Court Associate Designer Chloe Lamford, lighting by Lee Curran, sound by Peter Rice and composition by Elizabeth Bernholz.

Nuclear War is a play created with a highly visual and physical language. Simon Stephens states on the play text that; ‘All of these words may be spoken by the performers but none of them need to be.’

Stephens has written this play with the intention that the words be interpreted and re-imagined through a highly theatrical and choreographic lens. Nuclear War will be an alternative theatrical experience about a woman, a city, desire and time.

Simon Stephens (Writer)

For the Royal Court: Birdland, Wastwater, Bluebird, Herons, Country Music, Motortown. Other theatre includes: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (National/West End/Broadway); Port (Royal Exchange, Manchester/National); Rage (Thalia, Hamburg); Blindsided, On The Shore of the Wide World (Royal Exchange, Manchester); Carmen Disruption (Deutsches Schauspielhaus, Hamburg/Almeida); Harper Regan (National); Sea Wall (Bush); Pornography (Deutsches Schauspielhaus, Hamburg/Traverse/Birmingham Rep/Tricycle); Punk Rock (Lyric, Hammersmith/Royal Exchange, Manchester); A Doll’s House (& West End), The Cherry Orchard, Songs From Faraway, I Am The Wind (Young Vic); Three Kingdoms (Lyric, Hammersmith/Tallinnand, Munich); Morning (Lyric); Heisenberg (MTC, New York); The Funfair (Home).

Radio includes: Fiver Letters Home to Elizabeth, Digging.

Film includes: Dive, Pornography, Cargese.

Awards include: Tony Award for Best Play, Olivier Award for Best New Play (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time); Theater Heute’s Award (Motortown, Pornography, Wastwater); Manchester Evening News Award for Best Production (Punk Rock); Olivier Award for Best New Play (On The Shore of the Wide World); Pearson Award for Best Play (Port).

Simon is Artistic Associate at the Lyric, Hammersmith and Associate Playwright at the Royal Court. He was also on the board for Paines Plough between 2009 and 2014, and was a writers’ tutor for the Young Writers’ Programme at the Royal Court between 2001 and 2005.

Imogen Knight (Director)

As Movement Director for the Royal Court: Linda, God Bless the Child, The Low Road, A Time To Reap, Love, Love, Love (& Paines Plough), Pests (& Clean Break/Royal Exchange, Manchester/UK Tour). 

Other theatre includes: Amadeus, The Threepenny Opera, Les Blancs, I Want My Hat Back, Edward II, Dido, Queen Of Carthage (National); The Emperor, Measure For Measure, Dirty Butterfly (Young Vic); Our Ladies Of Perpertual Succour (National Theatre of Scotland, National/UK tour); Red Velvet (Tricycle/West End/St Ann’s Warehouse, New York); Five Finger Exercise (Print Room);  The Skriker (Manchester International Festival/Royal Exchange, Manchester); Carmen Disruption, Little Revolution, Turn of the Screw, King Lear, Filumena, Measure For Measure, When The Rain Stops Falling (Almeida); Hamlet, Blindsided, Cannibals (Royal Exchange, Manchester); In Time O’ Strife, An Appointment with the Wicker Man, The Missing (National Theatre of Scotland);  The Broken Heart, ’Tis Pity She’s A Whore (Globe);  The Crucible (Old Vic);  Arden Of Faversham (RSC); Of Mice & Men, As You LIke It (West Yorkshire Playhouse);  The History Boys, Macbeth (Crucible, Sheffield); Under the Carpet (De Stilte, Holland); OMG! (Sadler’s Wells/Company of Angels/The Place); Penelope (Dramaturgs, Network/Company of Angels); But I Cd Only Whisper, When Five Years Pass (Arcola); One Day When We Were Young, The Sound Of Heavy Rain (Paines Plough);  The Tempest (Watermill); Persuasion (Salisbury Playhouse); Corrie (Lowry/UK Tour); The Snow Queen (Chichester Festival); The Boiler Room (Clean Break); A Doll’s House (Exeter Northcott Theatre); Wuthering Heights (Birmingham Rep); Success (National with Islington Youth Theatre).

Opera includes: Powder Her Face (ENO); Let’s Make an Opera, The Little Sweep (Malmo Opera).

Television includes: Harlots, Call the Midwife, The Hollow Crown. 

Film includes: On Chesil Beach, My Name Is Ruthie Segal, Hear Me Roar.

Imogen is choreographer for filmmaker and animator Jasmin Jordy and has choreographed commercials for Age UK and Childline. Imogen is a visiting lecturer at Central School of Speech and Drama and acted as a mentor, on behalf of Old Vic New Voices, for the young company Snuff Box Theatre on their acclaimed production Bitch Boxer. Imogen has been commissioned to create performance installations for The British Library and Curious Lab – Barbican 2016. 

Maureen Beattie (Cast)

For the Royal Court: No Quarter, Waiting Room Germany.

Theatre includes: Yerma, The Skin of Our Teeth (Young Vic); The Winter’s Tale, The Cherry Orchard (Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh); Right Now (Ustinov, Bath/Bush/Traverse); John Gabriel Barclay (Òran Mór); The Jennifer Tremblay Trilogy (Stellar Quines/Edinburgh Festival Fringe); Romeo & Juliet (Rose, Kingston); Noises Off (Old Vic/UK tour); Enquirer, 27, Yer Granny (National Theatre of Scotland); The Master Builder (Minerva, Chichester); The Merry Wives of Windsor, Othello (National); This Wide Night (Soho/Clean Break); Ghosts, Acting Up (Citizens); The Histories, Richard III, Titus Andronicus, The Man Who Came To Dinner, Mary & Lizzie, King Lear, Macbeth, The Constant Couple (RSC); Medea (Theatre Babel/Edinburgh Festival Fringe); Rebecca (UK tour); Small Change (Crucible, Sheffield); The Deep Blue Sea (Playhouse, Nottingham); Candida (Plymouth/Playhouse, Salisbury); Hard to Get, The Widows of Clyth (Traverse).

Film includes: Spores, The List, The Decoy Bride.

Television includes: Outlander, Doctor Who, Vera, Moving On, Midsomer Murders, Doctors, Lewis, The Worst Week of My Life, A Wing & A Prayer, Ruffian Hearts, Taggart, The Long Roads, Bramwell, All Night Long, The Chief, Casualty.

Sharon Duncan-Brewster (Cast)

For the Royal Court: Hope, Yard Gal (& Clean Break), Babies.

Other theatre includes: trade (Young Vic); A Streetcar Named Desire, So Special (Royal Exchange, Manchester); The Iphigenia Quartet, Yerma (Gate); Swallow (Traverse); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Liverpool Everyman); The El Train (Hoxton Hall); A Few Man Friday’s (Riverside Studios); The Swan, There is a War (National); Tiger Country, Keepers (Hampstead); Detaining Justice, Seize the Day, Category B, Let There Be Love, Playboy of the West Indies (Tricycle); The Horse Marines (Theatre Royal, Plymouth); The Bacchae (National Theatre of Scotland); Black Crows (Clean Break/Arcola); The Magic Carpet (Lyric, Hammersmith); Blues for Mr Charlie (Talawa/Tricycle/New Wolsey); Dirty Butterfly (Soho); Peepshow (Frantic Assembly/Plymouth/Lyric, Hammersmith); Crave (Paines Plough); The No Boys Cricket Club (Theatre Royal Stratford East).

Television includes: Going Forward, Unforgotten, Cuffs, Cucumber, The Mimic, The Bible, Top Boy, Holby City, EastEnders, Shoot the Messenger, Doctors, Waking the Dead, Babyfather, Bad Girls, Casualty, Body Story, The Bill.

Film includes: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Three & Out.

Radio includes: The FBI’s Most Wanted Woman.

Opera includes: Gaddafi (ENO).

 Gerrome Miller (Cast)

Theatre includes: Something Inside So Strong (Arcola); Children of Killers (NT Connections/Orange Tree).

Film includes: Deep it.

Beatrice Scirocchi (Cast)

Theatre includes: Home (Arcola); The Skriker (Royal Exchange, Manchester); Run, Missing (Engineer Theatre Collective); The Mystae (Hampstead).

Andrew Sheridan (Cast)

Theatre includes: By Far the Greatest Team (Monkeywood); The Skriker, Blindsided, Being Friends, Antigone, Jonah & Otto, The Rise & Fall of Little Voice, Across Oka, Port, The Ribcage (Royal Exchange, Manchester); A Breakfast of Eels (Print Room); Henry VI (Globe); The Roundabout Season (& National), One Day When We Were Young, The Sound of Heavy Rain, (Paines Plough); Expectations (Gest); A Thousand Stars Explode in the Sky (Lyric, Hammersmith); Holes in the Skin (Chichester Festival); Skinned (Nuffield).

Television includes: No Offence, Scott & Bailey, The Trials of Jimmy Rose, Peaky Blinders, Homefront, Heartbeat, Kingdom, Cold Blood, Coronation Street, New Street Law, Shameless, Buried, Night Flight, Urban Gothic, Clocking Off.

Film includes: Steven, Control.

The Royal Court announces new play Bodies by Vivienne Franzmann, dates for B & Victory Condition and addition of extra performances for Nuclear War

Vivienne Franzmann returns to the Royal Court Theatre with BODIES, directed by Jude Christian premiering in the Jerwood Theatre Upstairs, Wednesday 05 July 2017 – Saturday 12 August 2017

Tickets on sale for B by Chilean playwright Guillermo Calderón translated by William Gregory and directed by Royal Court Associate Director (International) Sam Pritchard (Jerwood Theatre Downstairs, Thursday 28 September 2017 – Saturday 21 October 2017) and VICTORY CONDITION by Chris Thorpe directed by Royal Court Artistic Director Vicky Featherstone (Jerwood Theatre Downstairs, Thursday 05 October 2017 – Saturday 21 October 2017). These plays will run alongside one another in nightly rep, making it possible for the Royal Court to programme more work and offer flexible performance times.

Extra shows added for the sold out run of Royal Court Associate Playwright Simon Stephens’ NUCLEAR WAR directed by Imogen Knight at the Royal Court Jerwood Theatre Upstairs, Wednesday 19 April 2017 – Saturday 6 May 2017

Tickets go on sale to the general public at 10am on Wednesday 22 February 2017 020 7565 5000 / www.royalcourttheatre.com

Bodies
By Vivienne Franzmann
Directed by Jude Christian
Jerwood Theatre Upstairs Royal Court Theatre,
Wednesday 05 July 2017 – Saturday 12 August 2017

Following Pests Vivienne Franzmann returns to the Royal Court Theatre with her new play Bodies. Directed by Jude Christian, Bodies will run in the Jerwood Theatre Upstairs from Wednesday 05 July 2017 – Saturday 12 August 2017 with press night on Tuesday 11 July, 7pm

“We should have brought a gift”
“We’ve brought a gift. It’s called 22 thousand pounds.”
Purchased from Russia. Developed in India. Delivered to the UK.
A global transaction over nine months that offers ‘a lifetime of happiness’ to all involved.

“What do you think will happen to a baby girl in India that nobody wants?”


With Design by Gabriella Slade.

Nuclear War 
Text by Simon Stephens
Directed by Imogen Knight

Jerwood Theatre Upstairs
Wednesday 19 April 2017 – Saturday 6 May 2017.

Extra shows added for sold out show Nuclear War by Simon Stephens. Performances have been added at 9.15pm on 22, 24, 25, 26 and 28 April and 2, 3 and 5 May 2017.

“I want, one more time, to be absolutely in the moment.”
A series of suggestions on desire, death and time.
“I am going to try as hard as I can to not be a human being.”
Royal Court Associate Playwright Simon Stephens returns to the Royal Court with Nuclear War directed by Imogen Knight. Nuclear War will run in the Jerwood Theatre Upstairs from Wednesday 19 April 2017 – Saturday 6 May 2017, with press night on Friday 21 April 2017, 7pm.
Designed by Royal Court Associate Designer Chloe Lamford, sound design by Peter Rice and lighting by Lee Curran.
Nuclear War was developed by Actors Touring Company.

International Playwrights: A Genesis Foundation Project
B
Written by Guillermo Calderón
Translated by William Gregory
Directed by Sam Pritchard
Jerwood Theatre Downstairs
Thursday 28 September 2017 – Saturday 21 October 2017

Tickets are now on sale for previously announced by Chilean playwright Guillermo Calderón.
“But don’t say that word.”
“What word?”
“The word that starts with B.”
Alejandra and Marcela are planting bombs in the middle of the night.
They don’t want violence. They just want to be heard. Prison’s not much of a threat when most of your friends are inside.
But José Miguel is from another generation, and he’s committed to change by any means possible.
‘We used to kill kings. We used to kill millionaires. And now all we do is make threats on the Internet. That’s why I’m offering you the chance to start a war.’
Acclaimed Chilean playwright Guillermo Calderón makes his Royal Court debut with the world premiere of his play B, written on a residency with the International Department. is presented as part of International Playwrights: a Genesis Foundation Project. It will be directed by Royal Court Associate Director (International) Sam Pritchard in the Jerwood Theatre Downstairs. It will run Thursday 28 September 2017 – Saturday 21 October 2017 with press nights on Saturday 7pm Saturday 30 September or 7pm Monday 2 October(embargoed until 10pm Monday 2 October).
Designed by Royal Court Associate Designer Chloe Lamford.
will run alongside Victory Condition in nightly rep. These plays will run alongside one another in nightly rep, making it possible for the Royal Court to programme more work and offer flexible performance times.
Casting to be announced.