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Thebes Land - Arcola Theatre (Review)

Review by Shanna Schreuder

THEBES Land succeeds at blurring the boundaries between fiction and reality by making you part of the show without forcing any awkward participation besides asking you to question what’s really true when examining the story of a convicted patricide.

The criminal in question is Martin, who is serving a life sentence for killing his father, and the man laying out his tale is actor and playwright T (Trevor White).

Through a number of interviews and re-enactments, with the help of RADA student Freddie (Alex Austin), this gruesome crime is laid bare in a radical manner.

Although, the dialogue is modern, there are a number of quotes and verses from classical writers and philosophers to help understand Martin’s case. To say anymore about what happens on stage wouldn’t necessarily strip Thebes Land of its genius, but it could deplete it of its magic – so it’s best to leave the explanation to the performers.

Whilst the current production is an adaptation by director Daniel Goldman of an original work by Franco-Uruguayan playwright Sergio Blanco, none of its authenticity is lost as it uses people and place within the UK.

The two actors in the production, Trevor White and Alex Austin, are totally absorbing, especially when Martin is not on stage, as you get a deeper understanding of what the show is trying to achieve.

In short, Thebes Land is a thoroughly gripping and powerful piece of theatre that’ll confuse, delight and move you.

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Thebes Land, which runs at The Arcola Theatre until December 23, 2016, is recommended for ages 14+.

NB: Thebes Land is presented with the consent of all parties and in accordance with Home Office regulations. It will be staged inside a large protective cage.

To book tickets, visit the Arcola website.

Veterans Day - Finborough Theatre

Veterans Day

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

SPECIALLY commissioned for the Finborough Theatre, the first UK production in over 25 years of Veterans Day, by multi-award-winning American playwright Donald Freed, plays for nine Sunday and Monday evenings and Tuesday matinees from January 8 to January 24, 2017.

It was war. And in war, everybody goes crazy or they die – right?

Three American war veterans meet at a Veterans Administration Hospital just before a remembrance ceremony – Private Leslie R. Holloway, shell-shocked in the First World War; John MacCormick Butts, a veteran of the Second World War; and Colonel Walter Kercelik, the most highly decorated soldier of the Vietnam War.

Three very different wars – and each man has a horror story locked inside him. Two of them are about to be honoured, but one has an altogether more sinister agenda…

Using war songs from across the twentieth century, Veterans Day is a story of three soldiers from three wars, still traumatised by their military service. As the men share their memories with each other, they begin to fully comprehend how their experiences of combat have changed their lives forever.

Originally produced in Denver and Los Angeles, Veterans Day was last seen in the UK at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, London, in 1989, with Jack Lemmon, Michael Gambon and Robert Flemyng.

The cast of this new production comprises Roger Braban (as Leslie R Holloway), Charlie De Bromhead (Walter Kercelik) and Craig Pinder (John MacCormick Butts).

Presented by Marooned Productions in association with Neil McPherson for the Finborough Theatre, Veterans Day is directed by Hannah Boland Moore and designed by Liam Bunster, with lighting by Alex Musgrave, costume design by Hannah Taylor, sound by Matt Downing and music direction by Rebecca Grant.

Tickets: £18, £16 concessions – available from the box office on 0844 847 1652 or online at www.finboroughtheatre.co.uk/.

Times: Sunday and Monday evenings at 7.30pm, Tuesday matinees at 2pm.

Also at the Finborough Theatre: the first Central London production in eighty years of Rodney Ackland’s After October (until December 22), Dr Angelus by James Bridie starring David Rintoul and Malcolm Rennie (until December 20) and Tony Harrison’s The Trackers of Oxyrhynchus (January 3 to January 28, 2017).

Crime and Punishment - Jack Studio Theatre

Crime and Punishment

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

ARROWS & Traps Theatre are presenting Marilyn Campbell and Curt Columbus’ award-winning adaptation of Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment at the Jack Studio Theatre – from February 9 (previews from February 7) to February 25, 2017.

A tense psychological thriller on the nature of evil, the story is set in the mind of a murderer, where he relives and explores the thoughts, ideas and feelings that drove him to his horrific crime.

Described as direct, haunting and relevant, the play becomes a psychological landscape which creates a thrilling journey into the mind of a killer and his search for redemption. This is an intimate and spiritual journey which seeks to unveil hidden dimensions of the human condition.

Four-time Off West End Award Nominated Arrows and Traps return to the Jack following their critically-acclaimed and sell-out productions of Anna Karenina and The Gospel According To Philip.

Crime and Punishment is directed by Ross McGregor and has movement direction by Will Pinchin, design by Luke Ridge, lighting by Martin Condon and sound by Gareth Kearns. Casting will be announced shortly.

Crime and Punishment is suitable for ages 14+.

Tickets: £15, £12 concessions – available from the box office on 0333 666 3366 (£1.50 fee for phone bookings only) or online at www.brockleyjack.co.uk/.

Time: 7.45pm.

Also at the Jack Studio Theatre: Tommy Murphy’s stage adaptation of Timothy Conigrave’s Holding the Man (January 17 to February 4, 2017).

The Twentieth Century Way - Jermyn Street Theatre

The Twentieth Century Way

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

THE Twentieth Century Way by Tom Jacobson receives its UK premiere at Jermyn Street Theatre, where it runs from January 9 (previews from January 7) to January 28, 2017.

Los Angeles 1914 – a place where modern world reality meets 19th Century bigotry; a time when law enforcement agencies are on a collision course with the clandestine and illicit gay community.

In this environment, the police department of Long Beach, California hire two actors as “vice specialists” – their role “to entrap social vagrants” in a sexual act by posing as homosexual men. Lurking in public restrooms and bathhouses, they entice likely suspects into exposing their genitals, then arrest them and in so doing earn $15 a shot. Thirty-one men are arrested. At least one commits suicide.

The American Way tells the true story of a dark chapter in the history of gay rights. Two actors take on a dizzying array of characters from cops to vagrants, lawyers to hacks, bait to quarry in a work that tackles the thorny themes of persecution, secret love, sex, deception and the relationship between dissemblance and performance.

A hard-hitting absurdist tragi-comedy, The Twentieth Century Way stars James Sindall and Fraser Wall.

It is directed by Marylynne Anderson-Cooper, a member of the Young Vic Directors Program and the Theatre503 devising company. Her recent directing and assistant directing credits include work with Goodman Theatre, Lookingglass Theatre, Victory Gardens Theatre and Chicago Shakespeare Theatre.

The Twentieth Century Way is presented by The Collective, which was founded in late 2016 by a small group of RADA/AADA grads. The main focus of the company is to work collaboratively, share skill sets and co-produce work with host venues.

The Collective is led by actors and directors who aim to put on strong ensemble projects, where core members are either cast in the company’s shows or focus on other areas of production should no suitable roles be available. There is a particular focus on either new British writing or American plays yet to premiere in the UK, making the most of our transatlantic connection.

Tickets: £22, £18 concessions. To book, call the box office on 0207 287 2875 or visit www.jermynstreettheatre.co.uk/.

Times: Monday to Saturday at 7.30pm; Saturday matinees at 3.30pm.

The Twentieth Century Way is the first Jermyn Street Theatre production of 2017. Other upcoming work includes Tanya Holt’s musical take on the dark heart of growing-up and the dark arts of parenting – Cautionary Tales For Daughters, the revival of Ron Hutchinson’s acclaimed black comedy – Beau Brummell – An Elegant Madness, and the UK premiere of Stephen Sondheim’s The Frogs.

Lizzie - Eden Espinosa joins cast

Eden Espinosa

Casting news

EDEN Espinosa has joined the cast of new rock musical Lizzie, which receives its UK premiere at Greenwich Theatre – February 24 (previews from February 22) to March 12, 2017 – following a run at Fredericia Teater, Denmark in January 2017.

She replaces Ciara Renee (as Emma Borden) who has pulled out due to a scheduling conflict.

Eden Espinosa is most recognized for her critically acclaimed portrayal of Elphaba in Wicked on Broadway and in Los Angeles and San Francisco. She originated the title character in Brooklyn the Musical, played Flora in Flora the Red Menace, and Maureen in the closing company of Rent. Most recently, she portrayed Eva Peron in TPAC and Studio Tenn’s production of Evita.

She has also appeared on television in Law and Order and Ugly Betty; while her voiceover credits include Cassandra in the upcoming Disney show Tangled, the series Robot Chicken, MAD TV, Elena of Avalor and Titan Maximum.

Eden was the featured soloist in Magical, the fireworks spectacular at the Disneyland Resort and can be heard on such recordings as Hair (BCEFA benefit recording), The Maury Yeston Songbook, Bright Lights, Big City, John McDaniel Live at Joe’s Pub and Scott Alan’s Dreaming Wide Awake. Her debut album, Look Around, is out now.

For more information about Eden Espinosa visit www.edenespinosa.com/.

The cast of Lizzie also includes Bjorg Gamst, Jodie Jacobs and Bleu Woodward. Read more.

On a sweltering summer morning in 1892, in a small New England city, a prominent businessman and his wife were axed to death in their home. Their daughter Lizzie Borden was the prime suspect. Lizzie’s trial was a coast-to-coast media sensation, and her story has become an American legend.

According to press material, Lizzie is four women fronting a six-piece rock band. Lizzie is rage, sex, betrayal, and bloody murder. Lizzie is American mythology set to a blistering rock score. Lizzie is a new American musical with a sound owing less to Sondheim and Andrew Lloyd Webber than to Bikini Kill, the Runaways, and Heart.

Thebes Land - production images released

Thebes Land

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

PRODUCTION images have been released of Trevor White and Alex Austin in Thebes Land. To view them, click here.

Previously Posted: Images have been released of Trevor White and Alex Austin rehearsing Thebes Land. To view them, click here.

Previously Posted: One of the rarest and most shocking crimes known to man is interrogated in daring new play Thebes Land, which receives its London premiere at the Arcola Theatre, where it runs from December 5 (previews from November 30) to December 23, 2016.

Some things aren’t easy to tell…

How could anyone kill their own father? One of the rarest and most shocking crimes known to man is interrogated in this daring new play, with the on-stage participation of convicted patricide Martin Santos.

An electrifying tale about retribution and justice, love and masculinity, Thebes Land has played sold-out runs in eight countries worldwide.

Thebes Land stars Trevor White (Long Day’s Journey Into Night, West End; Enron, Royal Court) and Alex Austin (Fury, Soho Theatre; Yen, Royal Court).

Franco-Uruguayan playwright Sergio Blanco, one of Latin America’s most exciting voices, teams up with director Daniel Goldman to tease the boundaries between truth and lies, what you know and what you think you know.

Daniel Goldman said: “When I saw the original Uruguayan production of Thebes Land at a festival in Colombia, I came out physically shaking with joy at what the play was doing. It’s both a play about patricide and a play about making plays. It’s very funny, very clever, very moving – at its heart it’s an impossible love story – but above all else, it’s a play that twists, turns and surprises throughout, juggling different layers of reality.

“It’s like a Charlie Kaufman-esque mash-up of The Shawshank Redemption and Inception, and so much more. My hope is that it will leave audiences as thrilled and excited about theatre as I was when I first saw it.”

Thebes Land is presented by Arcola Theatre and CASA Latin American Theatre Festival.

Thebes Land is recommended for ages 14+.

NB: Thebes Land is presented with the consent of all parties and in accordance with Home Office regulations. It will be staged inside a large protective cage.

To book tickets, visit www.arcolatheatre.com/event/thebes-land/.

Also at the Arcola Theatre: the world premiere of a double bill entitled Drones, Baby, Drones (until November 26, 2016).

Hamish Clark to star in The Albatross 3rd & Main at the Park Theatre

Hamish Clark

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

The London premiere of the gritty black comedy The Albatross 3rd & Main opens the new PARK90 season, running from January 12 (previews from January 10) to February 4, 2017.

Hamish Clark (as Gene Lacy), Charlie Allen (Spider) and Andrew St Clair-James (Lullaby) star in this American tale of three men, a mountain of debt, and a box of priceless roadkill.

Written and directed by Simon David Eden, The Albatross 3rd & Main explores the dark side of the ‘Eagle Feather Law’: US federal legislation which states that only enrolled members of federally approved tribes can legally possess eagle feathers. The law denies many of the indigenous population their sovereignty and makes practicing their ancient rituals and tribal ceremonies illegal.

Gene Lacy is down on his luck. He’s ducking creditors, huge gambling debts, and an ex-wife with very expensive tastes. So when Spider walks into his store with a golden lottery ticket in the shape of a rare and valuable dead bird, doing a black market deal with the nearby Native American reservation seems like a no-brainer.

As it’s a felony offence to even be in possession of the bird, the road to turning the windfall into a win for all is fraught with danger at every turn for this backwater band of desperados.

Hamish Clark is best-known for his leading role as ‘Duncan’ in seven series of Monarch Of The Glen and ‘Roger’ in three series of My Wonderful Life. His other TV credits include Arrested Development, Liz and Dick, Rab C Nesbitt, Small Fish, Blessed and The Only Boy For Me.

His theatre work include Almost, Maine (Park Theatre); Donkeys Years (Comedy Theatre); 24 Hour Plays (The Old Vic); Haunted (The Arts Theatre); The Agent (The Old Red Lion), The Birds (Gate Theatre) and The Demon Headmaster (NT Studio).

Charlie Allen trained at the Rose Bruford School of Speech and Drama. He won Best Male Lead Performer, Brighton Festival 2012 and was recipient of the Outstanding Theatre Award Brighton Fringe 2013. His theatre includes From Dusk Till Dawn (King’s Head Theatre), Atrophy (Etcetera Theatre), Faster Higher Stronger Straighter (Scealta Mora), The Taming of the Shrew (Festival Shakespeare Company), Bug (Brighton Fringe) and No Particular Place To Go (Chronicle Theatre)

He has also appeared in the films Brothers of War and Brighton Rock.

Andrew St Clair-James

As well as an actor, Andrew St Clair-James is also Artistic Director of the Moors Theatre, London. His theatre credits include The Truth, Heramiss Island, Enlightened and An Ex-Engagement (Moors Theatre), Clouds of Grey (Park Theatre), Sherlock Holmes in Trouble (Royal Exchange Theatre Manchester), Twelfth Night (Voice Theatre) and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Chicken Shed Theatre/Everyman Voice Theatre Tour).

His film credits include S.N.U.B, The Honeymooners and My Feral Heart.

The Albatross 3rd & Main will include the first ever relaxed performance in PARK90, beginning a season of access performances available for every production. A relaxed performance is designed to welcome people who may benefit from a more relaxed environment. This will entail adjustments to lighting and sound levels, a relaxed attitude towards noise and moving around the auditorium, and a break area for anyone wishing to take time out from the production.

Tickets: £14.50 Previews; £18 Full; £16.50 Concessions; £10 Relaxed (Carer goes free). To book, call the box office on 020 7870 6876 or visit www.parktheatre.co.uk/.

Times: Tuesday to Saturday evenings at 7.45pm; Thursday and Saturday matinees at 3.15pm.

Relaxed performance: Tuesday, January 31 at 3.15pm.

Also at the Park Theatre: Luv by Murray Schisgal (December 8, 2016 to January 7, 2017).

Maxwell Caulfield, Zoë Doano and Chris Peluso star in Death Takes A Holiday at Charing Cross Theatre

Maxwell Caulfield

Casting news

MAXWELL Caulfield, Zoë Doano and Chris Peluso will head the cast of the European premiere of Death Takes A Holiday, the third Charing Cross Theatre musical directed by Artistic Director Thom Southerland.

Described as a soaring story of the preciousness of life and the overwhelming power of love, it runs from January 23 (previews from January 16) to March 4, 2017.

It follows the critically acclaimed Titanic and Ragtime, which has just received an all-time record 14 Off West End Award nominations as well as WhatsOnStage Award nominations for Best Musical Revival and Best Off West End Producton.

Death Takes A Holiday has a lush, romantic score by multi Tony Award-winner Maury Yeston (Titanic, Nine) and a book by multi Tony Award-winners Thomas Meehan and Peter Stone. It is based on the 1928 Italian play of the same name, which also inspired the movie, Meet Joe Black, starring Brad Pitt.

In Northern Italy, shortly after World War One, Death disguises himself as a handsome young prince to try to understand why life is so precious and death so feared. But when he unexpectedly falls in love with a newly engaged young woman, this mysterious stranger discovers that love may in fact be stronger than death.

Death Takes A Holiday was nominated for 11 Drama Desk Awards when it premièred Off Broadway in 2011.

Hollywood star Maxwell Caulfield (Dynasty, The Colbys, Grease 2) made his West End debut as Billy Flynn in Chicago and subsequently played the role on Broadway. He recently starred as Nathan Detroit in the No1 tour of Chichester Festival Theatre’s Guys & Dolls. His other major musical theatre roles include R.F. Simpson in the Chichester production of Singin’ in the Rain, Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady and Count Carl-Magnus Malcolm in A Little Night Music.

Caulfield also appeared on Broadway in the National Theatre’s multi award-winning production of An Inspector Calls.

Zoë Doano has just finished a year in the West End as Cosette in Les Misérables. Her other credits include Johanna in the West End transfer of the Tooting Pie Shop Sweeney Todd and Marianne in the European première of Jerry Herman’s The Grand Tour, directed by Thom Southerland at the Finborough Theatre.

Chris Peluso

American actor Chris Peluso made his West End debut this year starring as Chris in Miss Saigon at the Prince Edward Theatre, He subsequently played Gaylord Ravenal in Showboat at the New London Theatre. On Broadway, he was in the original cast of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, played Sky in Mamma Mia!, was in Elton John’s Lestat and played the Balladeer in Sondheim’s Assassins.

Peluso’s other credits include Fiyero in the US national tour of Wicked, The Glorious Ones (Lincoln Center), Tony in West Side Story, Marius in Les Misérables, Ted Hinton in Frank Wildhorn’s Bonnie and Clyde and Romeo in Romeo and Juliet.

The cast of Death Takes A Holiday also includes Kathryn Akin, Anthony Cable, Trudi Camilleri, Ken Christiansen, Scarlett Courtney, Sophie-May Feek, James Gant, Matthew McDonald, Gay Soper, Ashley Stillburn, Samuel Thomas and Helen Turner.

The production will have set design by Morgan Large, costume design by Jonathan Lipman, lighting design by Matt Daw, sound design by Andrew Johnson, choreography by Sam Spencer-Lane and musical direction by Dean Austin.

NB: Chris Peluso appears in the production until February 11, at which time the role will be taken over by James Gant, who played Etches in Titanic (Charing Cross Theatre), Mr Bumble in Oliver! (Leicester Curve), Rohna and Zinnowitz in Grand Hotel (Southwark Playhouse) and cover Javert in Les Misérables (Queen’s Theatre).

Tickets: £32.50 stalls A; £29.50 stalls B; £22.50 balcony; £17.50 slips. To book, call the box office on 08444 930 650 or visit www.charingcrosstheatre.co.uk/.

Times: Monday to Saturday at 7.30pm, Wednesday matinee at 2.30pm, Saturday matinee at 3pm.

Ali MacGraw and Ryan O’Neal to star in UK Tour of Love Letters

Ali MacGraw and Ryan O'Neal. Photo by Austin Hargrave.

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

FOLLOWING a critically-acclaimed Broadway run and sell-out US Tour, Ali MacGraw and Ryan O’Neal will star in the UK tour of Love Letters, playwright A.R. Gurney’s enduring romance about first loves and second chances.

The production comes to the UK for a twelve-week tour, opening on Monday, September 11, 2017, at the Theatre Royal Bath. Tickets go on sale early in 2017.

Andrew Makepeace Ladd III (O’Neal) wrote his first letter to Melissa Gardner (MacGraw) to tell her she looked like a lost princess; they were both seven years old.

For the next fifty years, through personal triumphs and despair, through wars and marriages and children and careers, they poured out their heartfelt secrets to each other. They defied a fate that schemed to keep them apart, and lived for the one most meaningful thing, their undying love for each other.

David Ian, Producer, said: “I am absolutely thrilled to be bringing two such huge stars to the UK in this wonderful and moving play. Ali MacGraw and Ryan O’Neal ‎are true Hollywood legends and it will be very special indeed to see them live on stage together.”

Ryan O’Neal landed his first job in the entertainment industry as a stuntman on the American television series Tales of the Vikings. In 1964, his first major television role in Peyton Place led him to starring roles in films such as The Big Bounce (1969) and The Games (1970). His big break soon followed when he was chosen from more than 300 hopefuls for the role of Oliver Barrett opposite Ali MacGraw in Arthur Hiller’s adaptation of Erich Segal’s best-seller Love Story in 1970. The film was a huge success and landed O’Neal both Oscar and Golden Globe nominations for Best Actor.

O’Neal’s subsequent films include What’s Up Doc with Barbara Streisand, The Thief Who Came To Dinner with Warren Oates and Jacqueline Bisset and the critically acclaimed hit Paper Moon, for which he was nominated for a Golden Globe as Best Actor and in which he starred alongside his real life daughter, Tatum.

Love Story also proved to be Ali MacGraw’s major break, earning her international fame, an Academy Award nomination, a Golden Globe award, and many additional honors worldwide. She also starred with Steve McQueen in The Getaway before taking a five-year hiatus from Hollywood to raise her son Joshua, eventually returning to the screen to co-star in Sam Peckinpah’s Convoy with Kris Kristofferson. Her other films include Players with Dean Paul Martin, and Just Tell Me What You Want, directed by Sidney Lumet and co-starring Alan King and Myrna Loy.

Love Letters will be directed by Gregory Mosher, former director of Lincoln Center Theater and artistic director of the Goodman Theatre, and the producer or director of nearly 200 plays at those theatres, on Broadway and in London’s West End.

Besides Love Letters, playwright A.R. Gurney’s more familiar works are The Dining Room, The Cocktail Hour, Sylvia and Ancestral Voices.

Image: Ali MacGraw and Ryan O’Neal. Photo credit: Austin Hargrave.

Junkyard - Rose Theatre Kingston

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

JEREMY Herrin will direct Jack Thorne’s Junkyard – at Bristol Old Vic (February 24 to March 18), Theatr Clwyd, Wales (March 29 to April 15) and the Rose Theatre, Kingston (April 19 to April 30, 2017).

Junkyard is described as a wildly funny and vivid new musical with original score from Academy Award-winning composer Stephen Warbeck, about a miscreant group of misfit teenagers who come together to build an adventure playground.

Who’d want to join in building a f***ing playground? We’re 13 years old.

It’s 1979, and a motley crew of teenagers grudgingly agree to create a junk playground in Bristol under the guidance of the well-meaning Rick. As the playground starts to come to life, it turns from something that means nothing to something that means a lot. And kids that care about nothing, start to care a lot. But darkness has a way of coming back and biting you when you least expect it.

Inspired by the true story behind the Lockleaze playground known as ‘The Vench’, established over 30 years ago and still operating today, Junkyard is a story about Bristol, from BAFTA and Evening Standard award-winning writer (and Bristolian) Jack Thorne.

The cast includes Scarlett Brookes (as Debbie), Calum Callaghan (Rick), Josef Davies (Ginger), Erin Doherty (Fiz), Kevin McMonagle (Malcolm), Enyi Okoronkwo (Talc), Seyi Omooba (Tilly), Lisa Palfrey (Mum), Jack Riddiford (Higgy) and Ciaran Alexander Stewart (Loppy).

Presented by Headlong, Bristol Old Vic, the Rose Theatre Kingston and Theatr Clwyd, Junkyard is designed by Chiara Stephenson, with lighting by Jack Knowles, sound Ian Dickinson for Autograph, musical direction by Akintayo Akinbode and movement by Polly Bennett.

Jack Thorne’s work spans theatre, film, television and radio. His theatre credits include Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (which won Best Play in the Evening Standard Theatre Awards), Hope and Let The Right One In directed by John Tiffany, The Solid Life of Sugar Water for the Graeae Theatre Company, Bunny for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Stacy for Trafalgar Studios, and 2nd May 1997 and When You Cure Me for the Bush.

His adaptations include The Physicists for the Donmar Warehouse and Stuart: A Life Backwards for Hightide. His screen credits include War Book, A Long Way Down and The Scouting Book for Boys (film) and National Treasure, The Last Panthers, Don’t Take My Baby, This Is England, The Fades, Glue and Cast-Offs (TV). In 2012, he won BAFTAs for best series (The Fades) and best serial (This Is England 88).

Thorne’s upcoming work includes an adaptation for the BBC of Philip Pullman’s acclaimed trilogy His Dark Materials.

Stephen Warbeck is one of the most successful British composers working across film, television and theatre today. His film credits include Shakespeare in Love, for which he won an Oscar for Best Original Score, Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, Mrs Brown and Billy Elliot. His work on TV includes The Dresser starring Ian McKellen and Anthony Hopkins and the prestigious drama Indian Summers.

His work on stage includes This House (National Theatre/Garrick Theatre) and The Plough and the Stars and Wolf Hall/Bring Up the Bodies (RSC), all directed by Jeremy Herrin.

Jeremy Herrin is the Artistic Director of Headlong. His production of Duncan Macmillan’s People Places and Things enjoyed a sell-out run at the National Theatre and Wyndham’s Theatre. Other Headlong credits include This House (Garrick Theatre), Observe The Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme (UK and Ireland Tour), The Nether (Duke of Yorks/Royal Court) and The Absence of War (Sheffield/Tour).

For the RSC he directed the hugely successfully and award-winning world premiere of Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall/Bring Up the Bodies (West End/Broadway), for which he won the Evening Standard Award for Best Director and was nominated for Best Director at the 2015 Tony Awards. Other credits include This House (National Theatre) for which he was nominated for an Olivier Award for Best Director and which has recently opened at the Garrick Theatre.

Herrin was Deputy Artistic Director of the Royal Court from 2009 until 2012 where his work included No Quarter, Hero, Haunted Child, The Heretic, Kin, Spur of the Moment, Off the Endz, The Priory, Tusk Tusk and That Face which transferred to the West End.