Nottingham Playhouse announces casting for Holes featuring soap stars and Playhouse favourites

Chris Ashby

Chris Ashby

  • Award-winning actress Kacey Ainsworth (Little Mo in EastEnders) to play the Warden
  • Playhouse panto favourite John Elkington to play Mr Sir
  • East Midlands-born actor Chris Ashby returns to take lead part of Stanley, following his successful portrayal of Malcom in Wonderland

Following five-star reviews for Wonderland, Adam Penford’s inaugural production as Artistic Director, he and Nottingham Playhouse announced  the full cast of a theatrical version of the multi-award-winning novel Holes by Louis Sachar.

Set in Texas, Stanley Yelnats (Chris Ashby) can’t catch a break. Born into a family cursed with bad luck – thanks to Stanley’s ‘no-good-dirty-rotten-pig-stealing-great-great-grandfather’ – it comes as no surprise when he finds himself accused of a crime he didn’t commit.

Sent to Camp Green Lake (it isn’t green and there is no lake) as punishment, he is made to dig a hole every day – five foot deep, five foot in diameter – in the baked earth to ‘build character’. But the powerful Warden (Kacey Ainsworth) is definitely searching for something.

Will Stanley and his fellow inmates survive the heat and thirst, the deadly yellow-spotted lizards and the Warden’s ambitions? And more importantly, will they discover what they are really digging for before time runs out?

Joining Chris Ashby and Kacey Ainsworth will be Playhouse panto regular John Elkington as Mr Sir.

Showing the Playhouse’s commitment to diversity, Holes has been cast gender-blind, with some of the male inmates being portrayed by female actors.

Taking the role of Stanley’s best friend at Camp Green Lake, Zero, is Pepter Lunkuse. Other inmates at the camp include X-Ray (played by Ammar Duffus), Magnet (played by Safiyya Ingar), Armpit (played by Henry Mettle, marking his debut professional stage performance).

Local actor Elizabeth Twells returns to the Playhouse as ‘Kissing’ Kate Barlow, as well as Stanley’s Mom,MyraSarah and Ms Morengo.

Edward Harrison will play Stanley’s DadMr PendanskiTrout Walker and Elya. Meanwhile Greg Lockett will play Sam and Myra’s father.

This family-friendly adventure story includes live music, puppetry from the Resident Puppetry Director on War Horse (Matthew Forbes), and breath-taking scenery. The show is suitable for adults and children aged eight and up.

Adam Penford said: “Holes is an amazing story of friendship and justice. It has a gripping narrative, enchanting characters and real jeopardy. I wanted a family-friendly production that would appeal to both our pantomime and drama audiences.

“The film and novel are extremely popular with both adults and children, which makes Holes a perfect choice.”

Holes runs from Saturday 31 March through to Sunday 22 April 2018.

Tickets are priced £37.50 – £8.50

For more information about Nottingham Playhouse visit www.nottinghamplayhouse.co.uk

 

Praise for Wonderland

“Unmissable” – British Theatre Guide

“*****” – East Midlands Theatre

“This is a fine start for Adam Penford as the Playhouse’s new Artistic Director,” – Nottingham Post

 

Full cast biographies:

Chris Ashby – Wonderland (Nottingham Playhouse); Unearthed (Folio Theatre); The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (National Theatre)

Kacey Ainsworth – The Worst Witch (BBC), Call the Midwife (BBC) Granchester (ITV), Casualty (BBC), EastEnders (BBC)

Feed the Beast (Birmingham Rep/ New Wolsey Theatre), Laughton (Stephen Joseph Theatre), Calendar Girls (National Theatre Tour)

John Elkington – The Cherry Orchard, Cinderella and lots of pantos (Nottingham Playhouse); Robin Hood The Arrow of Destiny (York Theatre Royal); Noises Off (Nottingham Playhouse/Nuffield Southampton Theatres/Northern Stage)

Pepter Lunkuse – King Lear (Royal Exchange Theatre/Birmingham Rep/Talawa and broadcast on BBC), The Crucible (Royal Exchange Theatre), Twelfth Night (Iris Theatre at St Paul’s Church)

Ammar Duffus – Dolphins & Sharks (Finborough Theatre), The Woman In the Moon (Shakespeare’s Globe) Twelfth Night (National Theatre)

Safiyya Ingar – The Captive Queen (Sam Wanamaker Playhouse); Box of Delights(Wilton’s Music Hall); Growth (UK Tour)

Henry Mettle – Muse of Fire (Shakespeare’s Globe); Not Now Darling; Avenue Q; Pity In History (Drama St Mary’s)

Elizabeth Twells – Harvest (UK Tour); Pot (Ovalhouse Theatre); Darkness, Darkness (Nottingham Playhouse); Pygmalion; The 39 Steps (Vienna͛s English Theatre)

Edward Harrison – Baskerville (Liverpool Playhouse); Constellations (Singapore Rep); Tomcat(Southwark Playhouse)

Greg Lockett – The Boys in the Band (Vaudeville Theatre & Park Theatre), Brave New World (Theatre Royal & Derngate), African Americana (Theatre 503)

 

Listings:

Saturday 31 March through to Sunday 22 April 2018

Matinee Saturday 7 AprilSaturday 14 AprilSunday 15 April and Saturday 21 April at 3pm, Tuesday 17,Wednesday 18 AprilThursday 19 April at 1.30pm

Evenings at 7pm

Press night Thursday 5 April at 7pm

 

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