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David Bowie musical Lazarus coming to London in October

Dexter: Season 5

Story by Jack Foley

DAVID Bowie’s musical Lazarus will be coming to London this October (2016).

Inspired by the novel The Man Who Fell to Earth by Walter Trevis, Lazarus was co-written by the late singer Bowie and Irish playwright Enda Walsh.

The musical was originally staged for a limited run at New York Theatre Workshop in Manhattan in November last year and included former Dexter star Michael C Hall among its cast. Hall is expected to reprise his role in the production at London’s King’s Cross Theatre this October, along with fellow players Cristin Milioti, Sophia Anne Caruso, Michael Esper and Alan Cumming (in a video insert).

The musical features a number of songs written by Bowie from both his back catalogue and his final album, Blackstar.

Tickets for the New York run of Lazarus sold out within hours, while the opening night of the production – on December 7, 2015 – marked Bowie’s last public appearance.

Lazarus will run at King’s Cross Theatre from October 25, 2016 until January 22, 2017.

The Secret Garden - production images released

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

To view production images for The Secret Garden click here.

Previously Posted: Rehearsal images have been released for The Secret Garden, which plays at the Ambassadors Theatre from August 3 (previews from July 27) to August 31, 2016. To view them, click here.

Previously Posted: This summer, the Tony award-winning musical The Secret Garden is returning to the West End, where it will play a six week season at the Ambassadors Theatre – from August 3 (previews from July 27) to August 31, 2016.

Based on the 1911 novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden has script and lyrics by Pulitzer prize and Tony award-winner Marsha Norman and music by Grammy award-winner Lucy Simon. It will be directed by Rupert Hands.

This special “Spring” version of the show has been adapted to 75 minutes by its creators to be performed by young people.

The Secret Garden comes from the same production team that was behind Annie Jr, which broke box office records last summer at the Arts Theatre, at the same time giving 350 youngsters the chance to act for the first time in the West End.

More than 2,000 children have auditioned for The Secret Garden and 300 youngsters will be cast in the show.

Producer Matthew Chandler of P2P Productions said: “This is the European premiere of a new version of The Secret Garden, specially adapted to be performed with just four adult actors and 20 children. We have 21 teams of child actors who will perform in rotation throughout the season. It is a fantastic opportunity for all the youngsters involved.”

Orphaned while living in India, 10 year-old Mary Lennox returns to Yorkshire, England to live with her embittered, reclusive uncle Archibald, whom she has never met. There, the ill-tempered and lonely Mary meets Martha, a chambermaid, who tells her of a secret garden which belonged to her aunt Lily before she died.

Mary’s search for the garden introduces her to a slew of other characters including Dickon (Martha’s brother), Ben (the head gardener), Neville (her other uncle), and a spirited robin that seems to be trying to talk to her. This compelling tale of forgiveness and hope reveals that even the cruelest of environments can blossom with new life.

Director Rupert Hands said: “I’m very much looking forward to working on this beautiful musical with such an exciting company of young actors. Giving young people the opportunity to work on great shows in great spaces is vital for the future of theatre.”

The Secret Garden is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

Produced by Matthew Chandler and Stephan Garcia for P2P Productions, The Secret Garden has musical direction by Richard Baker, choreography by Jamie Neale and costume and set design by Lizzy Leech. Resident Director is Julie Thomas and Resident Choreographer Katy Stephens.

To book tickets, call the box office on 020 7395 5405 or visit www.theambassadorstheatre.co.uk/.

Princess, an illusion shattering piece by Stuart Saint - Lost Theatre

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

FROM November 15 to November 19, 2016, revolutionary and critically acclaimed writer/director Stuart Saint is bringing Princess, a ground-breaking interdisciplinary piece, to LOST Theatre.

Because the once pristine and weak-willed princess can now be a kick-ass Ghostbuster or a magical Snow Queen, our world is moving away from the helpless damsel in distress expected to suffer and serve and await to be rescued.

In Princess, Saint creates a lavish spectacle of movement and expression, gig theatre that blends music, dance and video into a new story of good girls gone bad.

Stuart Saint is a director, composer, choreographer and writer best known for his innovate and radical adult pantos at the Leicester Square Theatre. He also directed Oscar Wilde story De Profundis and was a director on the award-winning comedy show Newsrevue.

With an uplifting, celebratory electro-pop soundtrack inspired by Soft Cell and Depeche Mode, Saint’s compositions are strongly defined by his pop music career – as is his choreography, with elements of Madonna and The Who alongside such classic influences as Matthew Bourne and Bob Fosse.

All of these elements combine in Saint’s work to create, in Princess, a unique brand of gig theatre, bringing adult themes, dancers and performers that break the traditional mould of today’s global monoculture, to entertain through energetically crafted dance, original song and resurrected video.

The Company comprises Hayley Chilvers, Jennie Dickie, Louise Douglas, Christopher Haley, Ioanna Kamenou, Carrie-Louise Knight, Brett Nelson, Naomi Peaston, Morgan Scott and Travis Sumner.

Princess has sound by Simon Kitts and Sam Dyson, lighting by Peter Ayres, set design by Mary Clohisey and photography by Marc Abe.

Princess is suitable for ages 16+.

Tickets: £15, £12.50 concessions – available from the box office on 020 7720 6897 or from Ticketsource.

Times: Tuesday to Saturday at 7.30pm, Friday late night showing at 9pm, Saturday matinee at 4pm.

American Idiot - special ‘Rock-A-Long’ performance

ON SEPTEMBER 8, 2016, the critically acclaimed production of Green Day’s hit musical, American Idiot, will be performing a special ‘Rock-A-Long’ performance, when audience members are encouraged to ‘ROCK OUT’ with the cast.

It follows the huge success of last year’s event.

With hit songs including Boulevard of Broken Dreams, 21 Guns, Wake Me Up When September Ends, Holiday and the blockbuster title track American Idiot from Green Day’s 2004 Grammy Award-winning, multi-platinum album, it’s an extraordinary opportunity for the audience to sing along to some of the most iconic rock songs of all time.

American Idiot is running at the Arts Theatre until September 25, 2016, following its critically acclaimed 2015 London run and 2016 UK Tour.

The London cast includes double platinum selling artist Newton Faulkner (as Johnny) and X Factor finalist Amelia Lily (Whatsername), alongside Cellen Chugg Jones (Theo), Jemma Geanaus (Alysha), Alexis Gerred (Tunny), Llandyll Gove (Gerard), Karina Hind (Libby), Emma Housley (Heather), Lawrence Libor (Swing), Lucas Rush (St Jimmy) Steve Rushton (Will) and Alice Stokoe (Extraordinary Girl).

Winner of two Tony Awards and the 2010 Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album, American Idiot is the story of three boyhood friends, each searching for meaning in a post 9/11 world.

The show features the music of Green Day with the lyrics of its lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong and book by Billie Joe Armstrong and Michael Mayer. The production is directed and choreographed by Racky Plews, with musical supervision by Richard Morris, sound by Chris Whybrow, design by Sara Perks and lighting by Tim Deiling.

Read more about American Idiot.

Joanna Lumley to host NYB's Memorial Gala at Sadler's Wells

Jill Tookey and Joanna Lumley

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

JOANNA Lumley will host this special Memorial Gala performance at Sadler’s Wells on Sunday, September 4, 2016, celebrating the company’s inspirational Founder and Artistic Director Jill Tookey, who passed away in March this year.

Joanna Lumley has been a patron of National Youth Ballet since 1989, when she met Jill at one of the company’s performances at Sadler’s Wells. Lumley has since become a huge supporter of the company, and has narrated two of their ballets.

Previously Posted: For its 2016 Season, the National Youth Ballet of Great Britain will present a special programme of performances celebrating its inspirational Founder and Artistic Director Jill Tookey, who passed away in March this year.

The 2016 National Youth Ballet Company will perform at the Hawth Theatre, Crawley on Friday, August 26 and Saturday, August 27, with a special Memorial Gala performance at Sadler’s Wells on Sunday, September 4.

Over three decades, Jill Tookey quietly became one of the industry’s most influential dance leaders, inspiring generations of young dancers and choreographers, many of whom have embarked upon successful professional careers after their time with NYB.

She was appointed a CBE for services to dance in the 2016 New Year Honours, and on Thursday, June 9, this was presented at Buckingham Palace to her ten-year-old granddaughter, and 2016 NYB company member, Gabriella Rummery.

The 2016 programme of performances will showcase highlights from National Youth Ballet’s 29-year history through some of Tookey’s favourite commissions. These include The Old Man of Lochnagar, a ballet based on the children’s book by HRH The Prince of Wales, choreographed by Olivier Award-winner and NYB alumnus Drew McOnie.

NYB’s innovative Beyond Ballet platform will also return, showcasing young choreographic talents presenting their own works. The Memorial Gala performance at Sadler’s Wells will also include new commissions and performances from returning alumni including choreographer Andrew McNicol, West End performer Lucinda Lawrence and Birmingham Royal Ballet first artist Ruth Brill.

The 2016 Season is led by Artistic Director in Residence Mikah Smillie, a graduate of the Royal Ballet School’s Teachers Training Course, Associate Artist for Re:Bourne, mentor for NYB’s Beyond Ballet choreographic platform, teacher at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and freelance rehearsal director.

Mikah Smillie said: “Jill Tookey was an extraordinary tour de force and the mastermind behind a pioneering company of young talented dancers. The dedication, cross department collaborations and innovation created memorable performances and resulted in young artists being exposed to high level production values and professionalism from very early on.

“Jill’s humour, tenacity and bravery to aim for the unachievable has left a significant mark and it is my honour and pleasure to help guide this Season in the celebration of NYB’s wonderful achievements and to help open the doors into a bright new future.”

National Youth Ballet involves talented young dancers aged 8 to 18 in every aspect of creating a ballet, from the conception of an idea through to performance on stage at a professional level. The Company also encourages children from all walks of life to become involved with dance through schools and community workshops.

NYB utilises the skills of students in associated arts and encourages the talents of young designers, costumiers, musicians and student teachers in the preparation and production of all their work.

Through the Beyond Ballet platform, the Company also nurtures young choreographic talent, supporting young choreographers in devising and showcasing their own works at professional level. This year 120 dancers from across the country were offered places with the Company, and will perform in the 2016 season.

Notable NYB alumni include Drew McOnie (choreographer), Sir Gregory Dean (Principal at Royal Danish Ballet), Jessica Brown Findlay (Actress, Downton Abbey) and Tyrone Singleton (Principal at Birmingham Royal Ballet), as well as many alumni working for leading companies including Royal Ballet, English National Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet and Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures.

Patrons include Carlos Acosta, Sir Matthew Bourne, Darcey Bussell, Joanna Lumley, Dame Monica Mason, Wayne Sleep and Sir Peter Wright.

Image: NYB presents The Old Man of Lochnagar. Photo credit: Tim Cross.

Tickets (for Sadler’s Wells): £30 – 50 (Students £10). Group Rate: 1 free ticket per group of 10. To book, call the box office on 020 7863 8000 or visit www.sadlerswells.com/

Time: 7.30pm.

Initial casting announced for charity gala concert of Robert J. Sherman's new musical Bumblescratch

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

INITIAL casting has been announced for a special gala charity concert of Robert J. Sherman’s new musical Bumblescratch, which takes place at the Adelphi Theatre on Sunday, September 4, 2016.

Darren Day (as Bumblescratch) stars alongside Michael Xavier (Hookbeard) and Jessica Martin (Bethesda and Widow MacGregor), with further casting to be announced.

A new sung-through musical comedy, Bumblescratch is set in London during the Great Plague of 1665 and the Great Fire of 1666 and told from the perspective of a demented, lascivious plague rat named Melbourne Bumblescratch, who demonstrates his unique and twisted love affair with the ancient city through telling his marvellously gruesome tales.

Darren Day’s first starring theatre role was Joseph in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (West End and international tour). His other West End credits include Summer Holiday, Grease and Copacabana. He has also toured in Alfie, Carousel, Great Expectations, Godspell, The Rocky Horror Show, We Will Rock You and Hello Dolly, as well as presenting The Children’s Royal Variety Performance twice.

He is an established television actor, with leading roles in Hollyoaks, Holby, Crime Stories, Doctors and The Bill. In 2016, he co-starred in the feature film White Island, toured internationally with his solo concert show and also starred in Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (UK tour).

Jessica Martin recently appeared in Elf (Dominion Theatre). Her other credits include Me and My Girl (Adelphi and UK tour), Mack and Mabel (Southwark Playhouse), Spamalot (UK tour), Sunset Boulevard (Comedy Theatre), Me, Myself and I (Orange Tree Theatre), South Pacific (Churchill Theatre and UK tour), Mack and Mabel (Piccadilly Theatre), Shakers (Nottingham Playhouse) and The Card and Babes in Arms (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre).

Prior to working in musical theatre, she was a comedian and has appeared on television in Copycats, Spitting Image and Doctor Who.

Michael Xavier recently played the lead role of Joe Gillis opposite Glenn Close in Sunset Boulevard (ENO/London Coliseum). He was nominated for two Olivier Awards in 2011: Best Supporting Performance in a Musical for Into The Woods (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre) and Best Actor in a Musical for Love Story (Duchess Theatre and Chichester Festival Theatre).

His other theatre credits include Show Boat (Sheffield Crucible), The War of the Roses (Rose Theatre, Kingston), Assassins (Menier Chocolate Factory), The Pajama Game (Shaftesbury Theatre), The Sound of Music (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), Hello Dolly! (Leicester Curve), Soho Cinders (Soho Theatre), Oklahoma! (Chichester Festival Theatre), Spamalot (Palace Theatre), The Phantom of the Opera (Her Majesty’s Theatre), My Fair Lady (Theatre Royal Drury Lane) and Miss Saigon (original UK tour).

This performance of Bumblescratch is in aid of Variety, the Children’s Charity, and is part of commemorations for the 350th Anniversary of the Great Fire of London, which raged in the East End for four days from September 2 to September 5, 1666.

Bumblescratch has book, music and lyrics by Robert J. Sherman and is directed and choreographed by Stewart Nicholls, with lighting design by David W. Kidd, sound design by Andy Johnson, set and costume design by Gabiella Slade and musical direction by Tom Kelly.

Tickets: £16.50, £26.50, £36.50, £41.50, £51.50, and £81.50, with gala packages available at £151.50. Available from the box office on 020 3725 7060 or online at www.rutlive.co.uk/.

Time: 6.30pm.

The Adelphi Theatre is currently home to Kinky Boots.

Linda Nolan and Louise Jameson to star in the musical Rumpy Pumpy!

Linda Nolan and Louise Jameson

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

LINDA Nolan (The Nolans, Mrs Johnstone in Blood Brothers) and Louise Jameson (EastEnders, Doc Martin, The Mousetrap, 60th Anniversary UK tour) will star in Rumpy Pumpy! which runs at the Union Theatre from November 14 to November 19, 2016, following dates at Windsor’s Theatre Royal (November 1 to 5).

The remarkable true story of two genteel ladies from the Hampshire Women’s Institute who take it upon themselves to campaign for better conditions for Working Girls, Rumpy Pumpy! has book, music and lyrics by Barbara Jane Mackie and is directed by Simon Grieff (Associate Director on The Rocky Horror Show Live).

When Jean Johnson (Jameson) and Shirley Landels, two brave ladies from the Hampshire Women’s Institute, decide to campaign for the decriminalisation of prostitution and to improve conditions for Working Girls everywhere, brothel madame, Holly Spencer (Nolan), gets in touch. She has the perfect brothel these ladies could be looking for!

Holly quips: ‘You ladies make the tea and we’ll bring the crumpets!’ As the two conflicting worlds collide, comedy and chaos ensue in this very British comedy musical.

Travelling to Amsterdam and to the Bunny Farm Brothel in Nevada, Jean and Shirley are universally unimpressed by working conditions. When they finally do find the ‘perfect brothel’ in New Zealand, stripped of pimps, crime or Madames, they decide to head home and set up their own mobile brothel on the streets of Winchester to change people’s hearts and minds.

Writer and composer Barbara Jane Mackie was inspired by the story of their heroic campaign, one which took them around the world and which Jean Johnson is still fighting for to this day.

Mackie says: “I spent time with several brothel Madames, meeting their working girls and hearing their stories. I realised that the story of these girls would intertwine powerfully with the story of the two WI ladies, as all of these women wanted the same thing: the decriminalisation of prostitution. Rumpy Pumpy! is my way of wrapping up a complex subject and creating something fun and frothy with a gritty edge.”

Find out more about Barbara Jane Mackie at barbarajanemackie.co.uk/.

Rumpy Pumpy! has musical direction by Paul Smith and musical arrangements by Steve Parker. Further casting will be announced in due course.

Tickets (Union Theatre): £20, £18 cconcessions – available from the box office on 020 7261 9876 or online at www.uniontheatre.biz/.

Times: Monday – Saturday at 7.30pm; Saturday at 2.30pm.

Also at the Union Theatre: The Fix, starring Fra Fee, Lucy Williamson and Madalena Alberto (until August 6) and a revival of Stephen Schwartz’ Children of Eden (August 10 to September 10, 2016).

Harry Potter And The Cursed Child extends run

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Theatre news

FOLLOWING rave reviews, Sonia Friedman, Colin Callender and Harry Potter Theatrical Productions, producers of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, have announced that a further 250,000 tickets will be released for sale next week – on Thursday, August 4, 2016 at 11am BST – taking booking through to December 10, 2017.

Tickets are priced from £15 per part and for every performance there will be 300 tickets at £20 or less per part.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage, began previews in June 2016 in London’s West End at the Palace Theatre.

A second set of access performances have also been announced. On Wednesday, October 11, 2017, both the matinee (Part One) and evening performance (Part Two) will be audio described and on Saturday, October 14, 2017, the matinee (Part One) and evening performance (Part Two) will be captioned. Tickets for these performances will go on sale in March 2017.

For patrons with physical access needs call 0330 333 4410 (please note, there are no general ticket sales on this number) or email CursedChildAccess@nimaxtheatres.com

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is one play presented in two parts. Both parts are intended to be seen in order on the same day (matinee and evening) or on two consecutive evenings. On Thursdays there will be an evening performance of Part One and on Fridays an evening performance of Part Two. On those days tickets to each part can be bought together or separately. Tickets for Wednesday matinee and Wednesday evening performances can also be bought together or separately.

Regular performance schedule: Monday – no performance; Tuesday – no performance; Wednesday – 2pm Part One and 7.30pm Part Two; Thursday – 7.30pm Part One; Friday – 7.30pm Part Two; Saturday – 2pm Part One and 7.30pm Part Two; Sunday – 1pm Part One and 6.30pm Part Two.

Every Friday, The Friday Forty takes place at 1pm when 40 tickets are released for every performance the following week for some of the very best seats in the theatre. Subsequent ticket releases take place each Friday for performances the following week. Priced at £40 (£20 per part) tickets will secure a seat for both Part One and Part Two on consecutive performances.

Customers will be selected at random for the opportunity to buy tickets online and will be able to purchase a maximum of two tickets for both Part One and Part Two in one transaction. To ensure that as many people as possible have the chance to access these tickets, they will only be available to buy online at www.harrypottertheplay.com/ticket-information/.

Returned and other late-release tickets may also become available at short notice. These are not guaranteed, but any tickets that do become available will be sold on a first-come-first-served basis, online or in person at the Palace Theatre box office at full price.

Read more about Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips - casting announced

Casting news

FULL casting has been announced for 946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips. Co-adapted by Michael Morpurgo and Globe Artistic Director Emma Rice (who also directs), it runs at Shakespeare’s Globe from Thursday, August 11 to Sunday, September 11, 2016.

After a critically acclaimed 2015 run at Kneehigh’s Asylum, Emma Rice’s family show comes to London for the first time, before embarking on a major international tour of the UK and US.

946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips tells the story of the rehearsed D-Day landings in Devon’s Slapton Sands.

It stars Katy Owen as the heroine Lily, Mike Shepherd as her grandfather, Adam Sopp as the evacuee Barry, and Nandi Bhebhe and Ncuti Gatwa as American soldiers Harry and Adi.

They are joined by Adebayo Bolaji, Emma Darlow, Kyla Goodey, Chris Jared, and Ewan Wardrop. The character of Blues Man will be played by Akpore Uzoh on tour, replacing Adebayo Bolaji after the London run.

Katy Owen reprises the role of Lily, having also recently starred in Kneehigh’s Rebecca, and as Puck in the Globe’s 2016 production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Her other theatre work includes The World of Work (Difficult Stage), Apparitions of Spirits with the Forsythe Sisters (Gaggle Babble), and Maudie’s Rooms and Plum and Cinders (Sherman Cymru). She has also appeared in the films Daddy’s Girl and Shopping for Happiness.

Artistic Director of Kneehigh Mike Shepherd plays Lily’s grandpa. Since founding the company in 1980, he has worked almost exclusively with them as both an actor and director, with recent shows including Tristan and Yseult, Steptoe and Son, Midnight’s Pumpkin, The Red Shoes, The Bacchae, Cymbeline, The Wooden Frock, A Matter of Life and Death and Don John.

As director, his most recent credits include Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other love songs), A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings (puppet version with Little Angel Theatre) and an upcoming tour of The Tin Drum. His film credits include Anna Karenina and Pan.

Adam Sopp made his professional debut in Oliver! at the Palladium, after which he took the role of Gavroche in Les Misérables (Palace Theatre). His other recent theatre includes Sunny Afternoon (Hampstead Theatre), The El Train (Hoxton Hall) and Backbeat (West End). He also appeared in four series of the BBC’s Grange Hill, and voiced the titular protagonist in four of the Harry Potter video games.

Nandi Bhebhe, who reprises her role as Harry, is currently playing First Fairy/Starveling in the Globe’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Her other theatre work includes 5,6,7,8 (Royal Court), Episodes of Blackness (Vocab Dance Company), Fela! (National Theatre/Broadway/US Tour), A Season in the Congo (Young Vic) and White Out (Barrowland Ballet Dance Company).

The role of Adi will be played by Ncuti Gatwa, who is currently starring as Demetrius in the Globe’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. His other recent theatre credits include Victoria, Hecuba, The BFG, And Then There Were None, Cars + Boys and A Woman in Mind (Dundee Rep), Romeo and Juliet (Home Theatre, Manchester), Shakespeare in Love (West End) and Lines (Yard Theatre).

Michael Morpurgo, author of The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips and co-adaptor of 946, is one of the UK’s best-loved children’s authors, having published over 130 books. His multiple accolades include the Whitbread Children’s Book Award, Carnegie Medal and the Red House Children’s Book Award. In 2003 he was appointed Children’s Laureate.

946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips will tour in association with Birmingham Repertory Theatre and Berkeley Repertory Theatre, opening to press at Shakespeare’s Globe before travelling to Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds, Warwick and Bristol and then on to venues in the US including Berkeley Repertory theatre and the Wallis Annenberg Center for the performing Arts, Los Angeles.

To book tickets, call the box office on +44 (0) 20 7401 9919 or visit www.shakespearesglobe.com/.

Labyrinth - casting announced

Labyrinth

Casting news

CASTING has been announced for the world premiere of Beth Steel’s compelling new thriller Labyrinth, which runs at Hampstead Theatre from September 7 (previews from September 1) to October 8, 2016.

The line up includes Sean Delaney (as John), Tom Weston-Jones (Charlie), Eric Kofi Abrefa (Rick), Joseph Balderrama (South American Ministers), Philip Bird (Frank), Martin McDougall (Howard), Alexia Traverse-Healy (LB Holmes), Matt Whitchurch (Phil), Abubakar Salim, Elena Saurel (Grace), Christopher Sawalha and Ryan Ellsworth.

Sean Delaney returns to Hampstead Theatre where he made his professional stage debut in Rabbit Hole earlier this year after graduating from RADA in 2015. His credits whilst at RADA include Measure for Measure, Mrs Warren’s Profession, New Labour, Stasiland, Chicken Soup with Barley, Mephisto and Twelfth Night. On television, he has appeared in Midsomer Murders.

Tom Weston-Jones’ recent theatre credits include The Merchant of Venice (Almeida Theatre), Enlightenment (Hampstead Theatre), Translations (The Tobacco Factory) and The Country Wife (Old Vic). His screen work includes Dickensian, Not Safe For Work, Copper, World Without End, Spooks and Captain America.

Eric Kofi Abrefa’s theatre credits include The Glass Menagerie (Headlong), A Taste of Honey and The Amen Corner (National Theatre), Wildefire (Hampstead Theatre), Choir Boy (Royal Court), The Sluts of Sutton Drive (Finborough Theatre) and Richard III (BBC Shakespeare Festival). On screen, he has appeared in Snowden, I.T, Night of the Lotus, Humans, Lucky Man, Halo, Stella and Tati’s Hotel.

Joseph Balderrama’s theatre credits include The Rubber Room (Old Vic New Voices), The White House Murder Case (Orange Tree Theatre), The Miser (Royal Exchange, Manchester) and Wet Weather Cover (King’s Head Theatre/West End). His screen work includes Tad Jones: The Hero Returns, Spectre, Benidorm, Capital, I Live With Models, Not Going Out, The Armada: 12 Days To Save England, Episodes and Holby City.

Philip Bird’s theatre credits include Sunny Afternoon (Harold Pinter Theatre/Hampstead Theatre), The Potsdam Quartet (Jermyn Street Theatre), Wild Oats (Bristol Old Vic), The Cherry Orchard (Royal Lyceum), Sweet Panic (Duke of York’s Theatre), The Marriage of Figaro (Watermill Theatre), The Merry Wives of Windsor, As You Like It, The Winter’s Tale and Troilus and Cressida (Shakespeare’s Globe). His screen credits include Midsomer Murders, Emmerdale and EastEnders (TV); Blessed and In the Dark (film).

Martin McDougall’s theatre credits include Aunt Dan And Lemon (Royal Court Theatre), Change: The Upcoming War With Iran (IMC) and Danny Bouncing (Derby Playhouse). His screen credits include 24, Utopia, The Honourable Woman, Dark Matters and The Man Who Stopped World War 3 (TV); Edge Of Tomorrow, Take Down, 360, Hyde Park On Hudson, The Green Zone, The Hessen Affair, Penelope and Omen (film).

Alexia Traverse-Healy’s theatre credits include A Better Woman (The Marlow Theatre), Playing for Time (Sheffield Crucible), Henry V, Henry IV parts I & II, Henry VI Parts I, II & II and Richard III (RSC) and Scapino and 5/11 (Chichester Festival Theatre). On screen, she has appeared in Skins Redux, Holby City, EastEnders, Wrong Turn, Garrows Law and Peep Show 2.

Matt Whitchurch’s recent theatre credits include The Herbal Bed (English Touring Theatre), Pine (Hampstead Theatre), We Know Where You Live (Finborough Theatre) and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Liverpool Everyman). His television work includes The Outcast, Call the Midwife and Some Girls.

Elena Saurel studied acting at The Lee Strasberg Institute in New York and her theatre credits include Pearl (The Abrons Arts Centre, New York). She has recently appeared on television in Benidom, Not Safe For Work and Catastrophe and in the film Charlie and Wendy.

Labyrinth explores the fallout from the ‘tequila crisis’ – one of the most catastrophic economic crises of modern history, which brought Latin America to its knees for decades.

Labyrinth is directed by Anna Ledwich and designed by Andrew D Edwards, with lighting by Richard Howell and sound by Max Pappenheim.

Read more about Labyrinth.