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Awake and Sing! - full casting announced

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

FULL casting has been announced for Clifford Odets’ Awake and Sing! which runs from August 31 to October 20, 2007 at Islington’s Almeida Theatre.

Joining Stockard Channing (Bessie Berger) will be Trevor Cooper (Uncle Morty), Kieron Jecchinis (Schlosser), Paul Jesson (Myron Berger), Nigel Lindsay (Moe Axelrod), John Lloyd Fillingham (Sam Feinschreiber), John Rogan (Jacob), Ben Turner (Ralph Berger) and Jodie Whittaker (Hennie Berger).

Cooper was last seen at the Almeida in The Late Henry Moss. His other theatre work includes The Tempest (Royal Exchange Theatre); Playing With Fire (directed by Michael Attenborough at the National Theatre); A Night at the Dogs (Soho Theatre); By The Bog of Cats (Wyndham’s Theatre); The Lieutenant of Inishmore, The Prisoners Dilemma and King John (Royal Shakespeare Company); and the Almeida’s production of The Iceman Cometh at the Old Vic.

His screen credits include Dead Fish, Vanity Fair, Gangs of New York and Drowning by Numbers (film); and Ancient Rome, The History of Mr Polly, Trial and Retribution, My Hero, Rose and Maloney, Trevor’s World of Sport and Drop the Dead Donkey (TV).

Jecchins’ theatre work includes The Iron Man and Evidence (New Perspectives); Get Carter (Red Shift); All My Sons, Death of a Salesman and Game Plan (Library Theatre, Manchester); The Front Page (Chichester Festival Theatre); The Odd Couple (Liverpool Playhouse); and Coriolanus (RSC).

His screen credits include Cromwell, Brass Eye and Hollyoaks (TV); and Empire of the Sun and Full Metal Jacket (film).

Jesson’s most recent theatre credits include The Seagull (Royal Court); Troilus and Cressida (RSC); Mary Stuart and Twelfth Night (Donmar Warehouse); The Winter’s Tale (Shakespeare’s Globe); Death of a Salesman (Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh); Rita, Sue and Bob Too (Soho Theatre); and King Lear (the Almeida at King’s Cross).

His screen credits include Foyles War, The Amazing Mr Prichard, Slave Trader, Spooks, Rome and Pie in the Sky (TV); and Vera Drake, All or Nothing, Crosstalk, Acceptable Levels and The Ploughman’s Lunch (film).

Lindsay has previously appeared at the Almeida in Romance, The Earthy Paradise and The Tower. His other theatre credits include Guys and Dolls (Piccadilly Theatre); The Woman Before and Push Up (Royal Court); The Pillowman, Blue Remembered Hills and Dealers Choice (National Theatre); and The Real Thing (Donmar Warehouse, West End and Broadway).

His screen credits include Jam and Jerusalem, All About George, New Tricks, My Family, Harbour Lights and Murphy’s Law (TV); and On A Clear Day, Mike Bassett England Manager and Rogue Trader (film).

Lloyd Fillingham’s theatre work includes The Caucasian Chalk Circle (National Theatre); Measure for Measure, Richard III and Titus Andronicus (RSC); Adler and Musik (Oxford Stage Company); and The Contractor and In Celebration (Chichester Festival Theatre).

His television credits include Karmin’s Story, Foyle’s War and The Vic.

Rogan too has previously appeared at the Almeida – in Macbeth and The Iceman Cometh. His other theatre credits include Julius Caesar (Barbican); Buried Child, The Cripple of Inishmann and Jumpers (National Theatre, West End and Broadway); Plasticine (Royal Court); and Don Carlos and Volpone (RSC).

His screen credits include Christopher Wren: Master of the Universe, Father Ted and Broken Glass (TV); and Intermission and Doctor Sleep (film).

Turner’s theatre work includes A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Sheffield Theatres); As You Like It (Wyndham’s Theatre); Caligula (Donmar Warehouse); and The Arab Israeli Cook Book (The Gate Theatre). His television credits include As If and Love Soup.

Whittaker’s theatre credits include Michael Attenborough’s sell-out production of Enemies (as Nadya); the Almeida’s 2007 fundraising Chain Play; The Storm (Shakespeare’s Globe); and Neil Labute’s Bash (Trafalgar Studios).

Her screen credits include Venus (film) and Billy Two-Sheds (BBC1).

Awake and Sing! will be directed by the Almeida’s artistic director, Michael Attenborough.

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