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Casting announced for Agnes Colander at Theatre Royal Bath’s Ustinov Studio

Naomi Frederick

Casting news

FULL casting has been announced for the world premiere of Harley Granville Barker’s Agnes Colander, edited by Richard Nelson.

This newly discovered play will be directed by multi award-winning director Trevor Nunn and runs at the Ustinov Studio from March 21 (previews from March 15) to April 14, 2018.

Naomi Frederick will play the title role of Agnes Colander, with Sally Scott as Emmeline Marjoribanks, Matthew Flynn as Otho Kjoge, Freddy Carter as Alexander Flint and Cindy-Jane Armbruster as Martha/Suzon.

A thrilling new discovery from one of the great playwrights of the Edwardian era, Agnes Colander was written in 1900 and unearthed among Granville Barker’s papers in the British library a century later. Decades ahead of its time, the witty and compelling play reflects a female independence and a determination for change that still resonates today.

It is three years since Agnes, an artist, left her unfaithful husband Henry. Now he writes to her in her Kensington studio begging to reunite, but Agnes married young; her innocence is gone and her ambition and independence is growing. As she travels from London to France, Agnes finds herself torn between Otho, a worldly Danish artist and Alec, an infatuated younger suitor, between longing to paint and be an independent woman and a yearning to be loved.

Trevor Nunn is former Artistic Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre. He has won multiple awards for his extensive and varied work which includes Les Miserables, Oklahoma!, The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, The Merchant of Venice and Summerfolk.

Harley Granville Barker is considered to be one of the great playwrights of the Edwardian age and champion of contemporary realism. His work includes The Voysey Inheritance and Waste.

Richard Nelson is a multi award-winning playwright and librettist. He is an honorary associate artist of the Royal Shakespeare Company, recipient of the Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the PEN/Laura Pels ‘Master Playwright Award’.

Naomi Frederick previously starred in The Mentor at the Ustinov Studio and its subsequent West End transfer. Her many stage credits include Hobson’s Choice (West End/UK Tour); The Heresy of Love (Shakespeare’s Globe); The Winslow Boy (Old Vic); The Odyssey, The Iliad (Almeida Theatre); Made in Dagenham (West End); and Emil and the Detectives and Henry IV Part One and Part Two (National Theatre).

Sally Scott starred as Princess Diana in King Charles III in the West End. Her other theatre credits include Harvey (West End); King Lear (ATG/UK tour); and As you Like It (Southwark Playhouse). Her screen credits include Samantha Cameron in the Channel 4 drama Coalition, Silent Witness and Lewis.

Freddy Carter recently starred in the British horror film Heretiks. He has also appeared in the Netflix series Free Rein (as Pin), and in the blockbuster film Wonder Woman.

Matthew Flynn’s theatre credits include Henry V (Shakespeare’s Globe) and Macduff in Macbeth at the Liverpool Everyman, where he also appeared in A Streetcar Named Desire and The Mayor of Zalamea. His film work includes Pride and Sahara.

Cindy-Jane Armbruster recently appeared in Pericles (Cornucopia Theatre) and as Titania and Hippolyta in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Unfolds Theatre). Her other credits include Airswimming and Horu Fröiä – Women on the Matterhorn (Playades); and Object Love (Dissolve Theatre).

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Image: Naomi-Frederick in Agnes-Colander rehearsals at Theatre Royal Bath. Photo credit: Simon Annand.