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Genesis Inc. - Hampstead Theatre

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

AS WELL as Describe the Night, Hampstead Theatre’s 2018 spring/summer season includes the world premiere of Jemma Kennedy’s Genesis Inc. which runs from June 28 (previews from June 22) to July 28.

Cyclist are you? Good for the lungs, less so for the sperm. Try fast walking instead.

Directed by Laurie Sansom, Genesis Inc. is a multifaceted tale of the final frontier of 21st century capitalism: the privatisation of human reproduction.

Described as a richly imaginative, topical, and explosively funny new comedy, it takes a closer look at the lengths to which people will go to defy biology – and at the moral compass of an industry that trades on fear and hope.

Serena and Jeff have one last chance: Genesis Incorporated, whose glowing testimonials and bespoke treatments surely justify a final roll of the dice. Meanwhile, Bridget has put her future literally on ice while she focuses on her high-flying career and on finding Mr Right. And all Miles wants is a steady salary so he can buy a property in Zone 4 – oblivious to the fact that, in a different kind of currency, he’s actually the richest of them all…

Jemma Kennedy’s previous playwriting credits include Second Person Narrative (Tonic Theatre commission as part of the Play for Platform Series); The Gift (New Vic Theatre); The Summer Book, The Prince and the Pauper (Unicorn Theatre); Don’t Feed the Animals (National Theatre Connections) and The Grand Irrationality (Lost Theatre, Los Angeles). She is currently writing her first stage musical, Electric Ladies, for Universal Music.

Kennedy’s other writing credits include her novel Skywalking (Penguin) and Captain Webb, her first feature film, which was released in 2015. Film adaptation work includes Barbara Pym’s Excellent Women and Lissa Evans’ Crooked Heart (both for BBC Films). She will also adapt Iris Murdoch’s The Sea, The Sea for BBC Television.

Laurie Sansom was the Artistic Director and Chief Executive of the National Theatre of Scotland until 2016 for whom he directed The James Plays trilogy by Rona Munro, which premiered at the Edinburgh International Festival in 2014 before they transferred to the National Theatre in London, where they won the Evening Standard and Writers’ Guild Awards for Best Play. In 2015, he directed his own adaptation of The Driver’s Seat by Muriel Spark, and The 306:Dawn, a new site-specific piece of music theatre telling the stories of the 306 British soldier executed for cowardice in the First World War.

The Diana Tapes - Stockwell Playhouse

The cast of The Diana Tapes

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

WRITTEN by James Clements and directed by Wednesday Sue Derrico, The Diana Tapes receives its London premiere at Stockwell Playhouse, where it runs from June 26 to July 13, 2018.

The Diana Tapes is the true story of one of the greatest media scandals in British history – the publication of Andrew Morton’s book about Princess Diana, Diana Her True Story in Her Own Words, which ended her marriage and shook the monarchy to its core.

Based on the real transcripts from the Princess’s tapes, the show moves between Morton’s office, the sitting room where the Princess recorded her darkest secrets onto audio cassettes, and the dingy West London cafe where one of her best friends surreptitiously handed them over. The subterfuge and deception are brought to a scorching climax that changed celebrity, privacy, and the Windsor family forever.

The question remains: who was the victim, and who the victor? The production gives voice to a woman so often defined by images and archetypes, and instead presents her complex and multifaceted reality. It tells her story in her own words.

The cast includes Ana Cristina Schuler (as Diana, Pincess of Wales), James Clements (Andrew Morton), Jorge Morales Picó (James Colthurst) and Sam Hood Adrain (Michael O’Mara).

The Diana Tapes, a co-production between New York-based What Will the Neighbors Say? company and Stockwell Playhouse, will receive its New York premiere at HERE (145 6th Avenue) from May 24 to June 10 before transfering to London.

It was first workshopped at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival where it was shortlisted for the Holden Street Theatre Award. Subsequent workshop runs in Providence, New York and Toronto were met with acclaim, with critics calling the production “intricate and compelling” (BroadwayWorld), “entrancing” (Motif ), “tense and provocative” (The Providence Journal ) and “timely and relevant” (Mooney on Theatre).

The Diana Tapes has sound design by Adam Welsh and Jorge Morales Picó and set, props and costumes by Mairi MacInen, with further creatives to be announced.

Image: Left to right: James Clements (Andrew Morton), Jorge Morales Picó (James Colthurst), Ana Cristina Schuler (Diana, Princess of Wals), and Sam Hood Adrain (Michael O’Mara). Photo credit: Pablo Calderón-Santiago.

Tickets: £14, £12 concessions. To book, call the box office on 020 7720 6897 or visit www.ticketsource.com/.

Times: Tuesday to Saturday at 7.30pm, Saturday at 4pm, Sunday at 6pm.

Running Time: 60 minutes (no interval).

Ray Quinn joins the 2018 UK tour of new stage musical Summer Holiday

Ray Quinn

Casting news

BRITISH singer/dancer Ray Quinn will play Don, the role made famous by Cliff Richard in the iconic 1960’s film, in the UK tour of new stage musical Summer Holiday, which visits New Wimbledon Theatre from September 18 to September 22, 2018.

Summer Holiday tells the story of Don and his fellow London Transport mechanics as they journey together in a red double-decker bus through Paris, the Alps, Italy and Greece. Along the way they pick up a girl singing group and a young American pop star who is on the run from her domineering mother!

Summer Holiday features many of 1960’s biggest songs including In the Country, Summer Holiday, Travellin’ Light, Bachelor Boy, Move It, Living Doll, The Young Ones and On the Beach.

Ray Quinn shot to fame as the runner-up in ITV1’s The X Factor in 2006. His debut album Doing it My Way entered the charts at Number 1 and quickly gained platinum status. He is perhaps best known of late for ‘doing the double’ on ITV1’s hugely successful show Dancing on Ice, winning for the first time in 2009, and then again on Dancing on Ice: Champion of Champions in 2014.

Quinn’s theatre credits include Danny Zuko in Grease (West End), Dirty Dancing (West End), Legally Blonde (UK Tour) and most recently, The Wedding Singer (UK Tour).

Based on the film Summer Holiday, the stage adaptation by Michael Gyngell and Mark Haddigan will be directed and choreographed by Racky Plews. Further casting will be announced in due course.

Read more about Summer Holiday.

Artistic Director Edward Hall announces Hampstead Theatre’s spring/summer 2018 season

Season preview

Artistic Director Edward Hall has announced Hampstead Theatre’s spring/summer season and it includes:

The UK premiere of Rajiv Joseph’s darkly comic post-truth play Describe the Night directed by Lisa Spirling.

The world premiere of Jemma Kennedy’s blisteringly entertaining Genesis Inc. directed by Laurie Sansom.

The world premiere of Fiona Doyle’s haunting and provocative new drama The Strange Death of John Doe directed by Artistic Director Edward Hall for Hampstead Downstairs. The production is a Hampstead Theatre commission and a finalist for The Susan Smith Blackburn Prize.

Under 30s will be able to access Priority Booking for all shows via The Downstairs Club – Hampstead’s free membership scheme to allow better access to the cheaper seats.

Speaking about Hampstead Theatre’s work, Edward Hall said:

“Next year will mark Hampstead Theatre’s 60th birthday. Since 1959, Hampstead has always committed itself to discovering and presenting a variety of top quality new plays by established, emerging or debut writers. I’m proud to report that right now, both of our plays – the UK premiere of Sarah Burgess’ Dry Powder on the Main Stage and Georgia Christou’s debut play Yous Two Downstairs – are playing to full houses. Rehearsals are also underway for Tony Kushner and Jeanine Tesori’s breathtaking musical Caroline, or Change, which makes a highly anticipated transfer from Chichester to Hampstead next month.

“Furthermore, I’m delighted to announce three new plays: the UK premiere of multi award-winning playwright Rajiv Joseph’s Describe the Night, Jemma Kennedy’s breakthrough new play Genesis Inc. and Fiona Doyle’s haunting story of The Strange Death of John Doe, commissioned and developed by Hampstead, which is a finalist this year for The Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. So, as we approach a major milestone next year, I’m pleased to say that Hampstead’s in a very exciting place, filled with talented, bold and ambitious creatives delivering world class entertainment to a vibrant and captivated audience. Long may it continue.”

The season opens with the UK premiere of Rajiv Joseph’s Describe the Night which runs from May 9 (previews from April 30) to June 9.

When we say that something is true, it becomes true. When we say that something is false, it becomes false… There is nothing that cannot eventually be crossed out and changed.

In 1920, the Russian writer Isaac Babel reports on a Red Cavalry campaign in Poland. In 1936, Stalin’s NKVD chief Nicolai Yezhov unleashes the Great Purge. In 1989, a mysterious KGB agent spying on a woman in Dresden falls in love. In 2010, an aircraft carrying most of the Polish government crashes near the Russian city of Smolensk…

Directed by Lisa Spirling, this darkly comic fantasia on Russian themes explores the blurred lines between lies, fiction and conspiracy theories, as it tracks back and forth across 90 years of Soviet and post-Soviet history in search of the genesis of the post-truth world.

Rajiv Joseph’s play Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo was a 2010 Pulitzer Prize finalist for Drama and was also awarded a grant for Outstanding New American Play by the National Endowment for the Arts. His play Guards at the Taj was a 2016 Obie Winner for Best New American Play and 2016 Lucille Lortel Winner for Best Play. Another of his plays, Archduke, received its world premiere this spring at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles. His other plays include Gruesome Playground Injuries, The Monster at the Door, Animals Out of Paper, The Lake Effect, The North Pool and Mr. Wolf.

Lisa Spirling is the Artistic Director of Theatre503. She returns to Hampstead Theatre to direct following Deposit, Ken, Pine, Fault Lines and I Know How I Feel About Eve (Hampstead Theatre Downstairs). Her other credits include In Event of Moone Disaster, Cotton Wool (Theatre503); Jumpy (Theatr Clwyd); Hello/Goodbye (Singapore Rep Theatre); Donkeys’ Years, Here (Rose Theatre); Enron (West End Recast and UK Tour), Idiots of Ants (Pleasance, Edinburgh/Arts Theatre); Boeing Boeing (Alley Theatre, Texas) and Gas and Air (Pleasance, London).

For more information, call the box office on 020 7722 9301 or visit www.hampsteadtheatre.com/.

Harold and Maude - production images released

Bill Milner and Sheila Hancock. Photo by Darren Bell.

PRODUCTION images have been released of Sheila Hancock and Bill Milner in the London premiere of Colin Higgins’ black comedy romantic drama Harold and Maude. To view them, click here.

Previously Posted: The first photos – taken by Darren Bell – have been released of Sheila Hancock and Bill Milner in the UK premiere of Harold and Maude, which runs at Charing Cross Theatre from Monday, February 19 to Saturday, March 31, 2018.

Sheila Hancock says that when she was asked to read the script for the UK premiere of a stage version of the 1971 Hollywod movie Harold and Maude at Charing Cross Theatre, she hesitated.

“I’d loved the film all those years ago but I thought: ‘Oh blimey, old lady having affair with young man. Don’t think so!’ But the more I read, the more I liked what it was saying about the relationship between young and old, something I feel very strongly about.”

She tells today’s Daily Telegraph: “The theme is that love has no rules. I’m sure everyone will make a fuss about the tiny bit of sex in the story. I understand that: Harold is 18, Maude is 80. And yes, their relationship is consummated. But there’s a marvellous speech about building bridges rather than walls and that seems so pertinent with Trump in the White House.”

Harold and Maude is an idiosyncratic romantic fable told though the eyes of the most unlikely pairing: a compulsive, self-destructive young man and a devil-may-care, septuagenarian bohemian.

Read more about Harold and Maude.

Three Sisters - Jack Studio Theatre

Three Sisters

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

ARROWS & Traps Theatre are presenting Ross McGregor’s new version of Anton Chekov’s Three Sisters at the Jack Studio Theatre – from Tuesday, March 20 to Saturday, April 14, 2018.

In a rural backwater, three sisters dream of a better life and of returning to the Moscow of their childhood. Irina longs for purpose, Masha for passion and Olga for some peace.

Set across four life-defining years, Chekhov’s tragicomic masterpiece explores the hopes, loves and sacrifices of three brilliant young women and the people they encounter. When society is falling apart at the seams, can people still go on living, loving and laughing?

Seven-time Offie-Nominated Arrows & Traps Theatre bring a contemporary sensibility and a bold, energetic new staging to this riveting and beloved classic.

The cast includes Susan Baskerville (as Anfisa), Cornelia Baumann (Olga), Claire Bowman (Masha), Freddie Cambanakis (Rode), Ashley Cavender (Fedotik), Victoria Llewellyn (Irina), Stephen MacNeice (Kulygin), Conor Moss (Tuzenbach), Spencer Lee Osborne (Andrei), Pearce Sampson (Solyony), Allan Stirland (Ferapont), Hannah Victory (Natasha), Andrew Wickes (Chebutykin) and Toby Wynn-Davies (Vershinin).

Three Sisters is directed by Ross McGregor, with movement direction by Will Pinchin, lighting by Ben Jacobs, musical direction by Elliot Clay and sound by Alistair Lax. Assistant director is Beatrice Vincent.

Three Sisters is suitable for ages 14+.

Tickets: £16, £13 concessions – to book, call the box office on 0333 666 3366 (£1.50 fee for phone bookings only) or visit www.brockleyjack.co.uk/.

Time: 7.30pm.

Also at the Jack Studio Theatre: an all-female production of William Shakespeare’s The Tempest (until March 3) and Stuffed by Lucy Joy Russell and Holly McFarlane (March 6 to March 17, 2018).

Regent's Park Open Air Theatre announce MOREoutdoor events for 2018

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

REGENT’S Park Open Air Theatre have announced their full programme of MOREoutdoor events to complete their 2018 season. Joining the already announced (and sold-out) Joe Lycett, the one-off comedy and film events all take place on Sunday evenings.

The Guilty Feminist – Sunday, July 15 at 7.45pm.

Comedian Deborah Frances-White records her comedy podcast in front of a live audience at the Open Air Theatre. With over 10 million downloads since it started last year, Deborah and her guests discuss their noble goals as 21st century feminists and the paradoxes and insecurities which undermine them.

Joe Lycett: I’m About To Lose Control And I Think Joe Lycett – Sunday, July 22 at 8pm.

Joe Lycett shares jokes, paintings and some of the pathetic internet trolling he’s been up to recently.

Jimmy Carr: The Best of, Ultimate, Gold, Greatest Hits Tour – Sunday, August 12 at 8pm.

Carr is gathering a selection of his very best jokes along with brand new material for the ultimate comedy show. A man who has devoted his life to crafting perfect jokes and has left a trail of laughter in his wake, Jimmy Carr’s new tour will distil everything we love to laugh at, and be shocked by, into one incredible, unparalleled night of entertainment.

Simon Amstell: What Is This? – Sunday, August 19 at 7.45pm.

Following a series of critically acclaimed, sold out international tours, Simon Amstell returns to Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre with his latest stand up show. What Is This? promises to be a deeply personal, funny exploration of beauty, intimacy, freedom, sex and love.

The Luna Cinema presents:

Spice World (1997, cert PG) – Sunday, August 26 at 8pm.

The Greatest Showman (2017, cert PG) – Sunday, September 2 at 8pm.

Alien (1979, cert 15) – Sunday, September 9 at 8pm.

The Luna Cinema returns to the Open Air Theatre this summer with three nights of classic cinema under the stars. As the Spice Girls announce their forthcoming reunion, ‘Spice Up Your Life’ this summer with a screening of their iconic 1997 movie, Spice World. Packed with famous faces, the girls zip around London in their luxurious double decker bus to a playlist of Spice Girl favourites, including Stop, 2 Become 1 and Wannabe.

The Greatest Showman is this year’s smash hit movie musical. Based on the life of P.T. Barnum and starring Hugh Jackman and Zac Efron, the film’s incredible score includes This Is Me, which has already won the Golden Globe for Best Original Song.

Following this, experience a true cinematic masterpiece back on the big screen, with a very special screening of Ridley Scott’s Alien. Starring Sigourney Weaver in the career defining role of Ripley, Alien set the sci-fi benchmark and has inspired countless films since.

To accompany MOREoutdoor events, there is a choice of pre-event dining options, including The Regent’s Park Burger served from The Grill, Picnics and Luxury Hampers for Two. The Gin Experience for Two, includes reserved seating before the event, ingredients for two double Sacred Gin G&Ts each, and a selection of smoked almonds and pitted Nocellara and Kalamata olives.

MOREoutdoor priority booking for Open Air Theatre members opened at 11am on Tuesday, February 20, 2018; public booking opens at 11am on Tuesday, February 27.

Read about Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre’s 2018 Season, which includes The Turn of the Screw, a co-production with English National Opera (June 22 to June 30).

Casting announced for the Lyric Hammersmith and Filter's A Midsummer Night's Dream

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Casting news

CASTING has been announced for the Lyric Hammersmith and Filter’s critically acclaimed production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which is set to tour the UK after two performances at the Lyric on April 13 and 14, 2018.

The cast and band for this riotous reinterpretation of one of Shakespeare’s best loved plays includes Allyson Ava-Brown, George Fouracres, Daniel Fraser, David Ganly, Harry Jardine, Matt King Smith, Amy Marchant, Kayla Meikle, Alan Pagan, Michael Palmer and Dharmesh Patel.

Sean Holmes, Director and Artistic Director at the Lyric Hammersmith, said: “I’m delighted that the Lyric is back touring the country and especially thrilled that Filter’s Lyric Dream is the focus of this major national tour. We hope new audiences everywhere will delight in its anarchy, its irreverence and its fun.”

Allyson Ava-Brown previously appeared at the Lyric in Aladdin. Her theatre credits elsewhere include The Quiet House (Birmingham Rep/Park Theatre); The Etienne Sisters, Beauty and the Beast, Crowning Glory, Jack and the Beanstalk, Martina Cole’s Dangerous Lady (Theatre Royal Stratford East); Carnival of the Animals (Riverside Studios); The Wiz (Birmingham Rep/West Yorkshire Playhouse); The Villains Opera, Honk! The Ugly Duckling (National Theatre); Les Miserables (Queen’s Theatre); and Julius Caesar, The Tempest, Anthony and Cleopatra (RSC/Stratford/Tour/West End).

Her screen credits include Casualty, Doctors, The Wrong Door, EastEnders, Holby City, Secret Diary of A Call Girl, Vera, Sherlock Holmes And The Living Dead, Witness and Ambition to Live.

George Fouracres’s theatre credits include Antigone, Romeo and Juliet, The Cure, The Seventh Seal and Black Comedy (ADC); Babushka, The Red Shoes (Troupe); Diary of a Nobody (Kings Head Theatre); Ecclesiastical Perks (The New Arcadians); Life x 3 (HATS); and Pick Me Up (Edinburgh Fringe).

He has also appeared on television in Drunk History, Raised By Wolves and The Woman In Red.

Daniel Fraser previously appeared at the Lyric in Jack and the Beanstalk. His theatre and opera credits include Deny, Deny, Deny (Park Theatre); Flare Path (UK Tour); Wolf Hall/Bring Up The Bodies (RSC Swan/Aldwych/Winter Garden Theatre, Broadway); Chariots of Fire (Hampstead Theatre/Gielgud Theatre); Oh, To Be in England (Finborough Theatre); After Lydia (Watermill Theatre); and Orpheus: The Mythical (Royal Opera House).

His film and TV work includes Doctors, Holby City, The Patrol, Frequencies, Scar Tissue, Happiness and Lab Rats.

David Ganly was last at the Lyric in Cinderella. His theatre credits elsewhere include Girl From The North Country and Shakespeare in Love (Noël Coward Theatre); On Blueberry Hill (Dublin Theatre Festival); Once (Olympia Theatre Dublin); The Threepenny Opera and The Weir (Gate Theatre); King Lear (Theatre Royal Bath); Macbeth (Sheffield Crucible); The Wizard of Oz (London Palladium); The Beauty Queen of Leenane (Young Vic), Chicago (Cambridge Theatre); Translations (National Theatre); and The Full Monty (Prince of Wales Theatre).

His screen credits include Citizen Charlie, Sunset Song, Body of Lies, Hippie Hippie Shake, Dorothy Mills, Widow’s Peak and Space Truckers.

Harry Jardine, Artistic Director of Vamp Theatre Company, previously appeared at the Lyric in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Brisbane Festival/Dublin Festival) and for Filter in Twelfth Night (India, US and UK Tour). His other theatre credits include The Secret Seven (Storyhouse, Chester); Octagon (Arcola Theatre); and Shakespeare in Love (Noel Coward Theatre).

His film and TV work includes Doctors, What is Wrong with these People? Journey’s End, Master of Ceremonies, The Thief and In the Heart of the Sea.

An Associate Artist of The Willow Globe Theatre, Amy Marchant’s previous work for Filter includes Twelfth Night (India/USA/UK tour). Her theatre credits also include Shakespeare in Love (Noel Coward Theatre); To Sir, With Love (UK Tour); and Love’s Labour’s Lost, The Taming of the Shrew and The Tempest (The Willow Globe Theatre). She has also appeared on screen in Doctors, Confection and Big Day.

Kayla Meikle previously appeared at the Lyric in Jack and the Beanstalk. Elsewhere, her theatre work includes Macbeth, Romeo & Juliet (National Theatre); PRIMETIME (Royal Court); Merlin (Nuffield); The Taming of the Shrew (Arts Theatre); and All That Lives (Ovalhouse).

Dharmesh Patel previously appeared at the Lyric in Beauty and The Beast and Too Close To Home. His other theatre and opera credits include The Captive Queen, The Two Gentlemen Of Verona, Cymbeline, The Tempest (Shakespeare’s Globe); Julius Caesar, Anthony and Cleopatra, Titus Andronicus, King Lear, Hamlet, The Comedy OF Errors, As You Like It, Romeo and Juliet, American Trade, The Grain Store, Morte d’Arthur (RSC); Albion (Bush Theatre); Too Clever By Half (Royal Exchange Manchester); Satyagraha (Improbable/ENO/New York); Slow Time (National Theatre); and The Happy Prince (Leicester Haymarket Theatre).

He has also appeared on television in Casualty, Doctors and Ray’s Daze.

Created by Filter and directed by Sean Holmes, A Midsummer Night’s Dream is designed by Hyemi Shin, with lighting design by Oliver Fenwick and sound design and original music by Chris Branch and Tom Haines.

Read more about A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

The Way of the World - full casting announced but Linda Bassett withdraws

The Way of the World at the Donmar Warehouse. Photographer Eivind Hansen.

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

FULL casting has been announced for The Way of the World, by William Congreve, which runs at the Donmar Warehouse from March 29 to May 26, 2018.

Replacing Linda Bassett, who has withdrawn from the production for personal reasons, is Haydn Gwynne (The Threepenny Opera, Coriolanus, The Audience) as Lady Wishfort.

Completing the cast are Fisayo Akinade, Alex Beckett, Gabrielle Brooks, Phoebe Frances Brown, Sarah Hadland, Jenny Jules, Simon Manyonda, Caroline Martin, Tom Mison, Justine Mitchell, Christian Patterson, Geoffrey Streatfeild and Nathan Welsh.

Previously Posted: The final production in the Donmar Warehouse’s 2017/2018 season is The Way of the World. Written by William Congreve and directed by James Macdonald, it runs from April 5 (previews from March 29) to May 26, 2018.

Family, money, mesire: the rules of the game, the way of the world.

Lady Wishfort’s sprawling, dysfunctional family are riven by desire – there’s everything to lose and six thousand pounds to gain. Congreve’s glorious ensemble of characters battle it out in this exposing, satirical comedy where everyone needs to win just to get by.

Following their collaboration on the mesmerising Roots in 2013, James Macdonald returns to the Donmar to direct Linda Bassett in the role of Lady Wishfort.

As well as Roots, Linda Bassett has also performed at the Donmar in Phaedra. Throughout her prolific career she has performed at the National Theatre, Royal Court and RSC. Her television credits include Call the Midwife, The Life & Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, Lark Rise to Candleford and Grandma’s House. She is however, best known for her roles in feature films East is East, The Reader, Calendar Girls, The Hours and Effie.

James Macdonald was Associate Director of the Royal Court from 1992 to 2007 during which time he directed Drunk Enough to Say I Love You (also Public Theater, New York), Dying City (also Lincoln Center, New York), Fewer Emergencies, Lucky Dog, Blood, Blasted and 4.48 Psychosis, and more recently Cock, Love and Information and Circle Mirror Transformation (Royal Court in Haggerston).

His other directing credits include The Arrest of Ai Wei Wei, And No More Shall We Part (Hampstead Theatre), King Lear, The Book of Grace, Top Girls (Broadway/MTC), A Delicate Balance, Judgment Day, The Triumph of Love (Almeida), Dido, Queen of Carthage, The Hour We Knew Nothing of Each Other, Exiles (National Theatre) and Glengarry Glen Ross (West End).

The Way of the World is designed by Anna Fleischle, with lighting by Peter Mumford and sound and musical composition by Max Pappenheim.

The Donmar’s new season also includes Belleville (December 7 to February 3) and The York Realist (February 8 to March 24, 2018).

Image: The Way of the World at the Donmar Warehouse. Photographer Eivind Hansen.

Edward and Freddie Fox to star in An Ideal Husband at the Vaudeville Theatre

Edward Fox, Sand in the Sandwiches

Casting news

CLASSIC Spring has announced that real-life father and son, Edward and Freddie Fox, are to play fictional father and son in Oscar Wilde’s An Ideal Husband which runs at the Vaudeville Theatre from April 20 to July 14, before opening the Theatre Royal Bath Summer Season from July 18 to August 4, 2018.

Directed by Jonathan Church, An Ideal Husband also stars Frances Barber as Mrs. Cheveley.

Edward Fox will play the Earl of Caversham. Among his many stage and screen credits, he has appeared as Winston Churchill in The Audience (West End), with Helen Mirren, and performed T.S. Eliot’s Four Quartets (Riverside Studios). Most recently on screen in Taboo (BBC), with Tom Hardy, Edward Fox is best-known for his performances in The Day of the Jackal and Edward & Mrs. Simpson (ITV). His screen credits also include A Bridge Too Far, The Dresser and Gandhi.

Freddie Fox will play Lord Goring. He previously played Wilde’s lover Lord Alfred ‘Bosie’ Douglas in The Judas Kiss, opposite Rupert Everett (Hampstead Theatre/West End). His other credits include Travesties (Menier Chocolate Factory/West End), Cucumber (Channel 4), Banana (E4), Boy George (BBC) and The Three Musketeers. Following cast injuries, Freddie Fox took the role of Romeo to great acclaim in Kenneth Branagh’s Romeo and Juliet, with Lily James (Garrick Theatre).

Frances Barber plays Mrs. Cheveley. Best-known for her role as Caroline Warwick in Silk (BBC), her many screen credits include Mr. Holmes, Vicious (ITV), and Death in Paradise (BBC). Her numerous stage appearances include playing Cleopatra in Antony and Cleopatra (Shakespeare’s Globe), Arkadina in The Seagull (RSC), and Julius in Phyllida Lloyd’s all-female Julius Caesar (Donmar Warehouse).

An Ideal Husband is Wilde’s sharp and witty exploration of corruption, blackmail and honour. Political sin enters the heart of the English home as ambitious government minister, Sir Robert Chiltern’s ascent to the top seems assured, until Mrs Cheveley appears in London with damning proof of his previous financial chicanery…

Classic Spring is a new theatre company from former Artistic Director of Shakespeare’s Globe Dominic Dromgoole. The company is staging an unprecedented year-long celebration of Oscar Wilde at the Vaudeville Theatre, including runs of all four of his major plays, plus a series of ‘interludes’ and ‘Wilde talks’ intended to give a complete picture of his life and work.

Next to open in the season is Guy Chambers’ new folk opera, The Selfish Giant. The production will be co-produced by Royal & Derngate, Northampton, and directed by multi-award-winning director Bill Buckhurst. The limited run of lightly-staged performances will run at Royal & Derngate April 4 to April 7, before moving to the Vaudeville from April 10 to April 14.

Read more about An Ideal Husband and The Selfish Giant.

Dates have also been confirmed for The Importance of Being Earnest. Widely considered one of the funniest plays in the English language, it will run from July 20 to October 20, 2018.