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Casting announced for Cost of Living at Hampstead Theatre

Cost of Living

Casting news

FULL casting has been announced for the UK premiere of Martyna Majok’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play Cost of Living, which runs at Hampstead Theatre (Main Stage) from January 25 to March 2, 2019.

The line up includes Adrian Lester (as Eddie), Katy Sullivan (Ani), Emily Barber (Jess) and Jack Hunter (John). All four will be making their Hampstead Theatre debuts.

Roads are dark and America’s long.

John, a wealthy, brilliant, and successful PhD student with cerebral palsy, hires Jess, a recent graduate who has fallen on hard times, as his new carer. Across town, truck driver Eddie attempts to support and re-engage with his estranged wife, Ani, following a terrible accident that has left her quadriplegic. As four very different lives collide and entwine, roles are unapologetically flipped, reversed and exposed – who is actually caring for whom?

Martyna Majok’s exquisitely original, honest and deftly funny new play explores our need to connect and be loved regardless of the gulfs that disability, race, class, and wealth place between us.

Emily Barber’s theatre work includes Trouble in Mind (Ustinov Studio, Theatre Royal, Bath); Oedipus Rex (Royal Festival Hall); Boys Will Be Boys (Bush Hall); Cymbeline (Shakespeare’s Globe – Charleson Award Commendation); The Importance of Being Earnest (Vaudeville Theatre/UK tour); Billy Liar (Manchester Royal Exchange – Manchester Theatre Award 2015 for Best Newcomer); Twelfth Night and When We Are Married (both Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama); and Orpheus and Eurydice, The Hired Man and Fiddler on the Roof (National Youth Theatre).

Barber’s screen work includes Backdraft, The Arrival and Burger (film); Call the Midwife, The Royals and Endeavour (TV).

Jack Hunter graduated from Queen Margaret University in 2017. His theatre work includes All You Need Is LSD (Birmingham Rep/UK tour); Let Me Play the Lion Too (Barbican Centre) and The Living Newspaper (The Arthur Conan Doyle). He has also performed Stand Up Comedy at The Stand Comedy Club, the Edinburgh Fringe and the Aberdeen Comedy Festival.

Adrian Lester OBE is an award-winning actor and director. His career started with a string of successful West End productions including Company, for which he received an Olivier Award, Six Degrees of Separation and Sweeny Todd, before taking the lead role in Mike Nichol’s film Primary Colors. Other film roles include Day After Tomorrow, As You Like It, Loves Labour’s Lost, Grey Lady, Dust and Case 39.

Lester is also well known for his TV work including the long running BBC1 series Hustle, Sky Atlantic’s Riviera, US sitcom Girlfriends, Undercover and Trauma. As a director, his credits include The Greatest Wealth (The Old Vic), Hustle, Riviera and short film Of Mary.

Lester has played the title roles in Henry V and Othello (National Theatre), for which he won Best Actor at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards; Rosalind in As You Like It (Declan Donnellan and Cheek By Jowl); Ira Aldridge in Red Velvet (Tricycle Theatre/St Ann’s Warehouse New York/Garrick Theatre), for which he won Best Actor at the Critics’ Circle Awards; Hamlet in Peter
Brook’s The Tragedy Of Hamlet (London, Paris, Japan and New York) and Guys & Dolls (Royal Albert Hall).

Recent/current filming projects include the films Mary, Queen of Scots and Euphoria, Curfew for Sky TV, and The Rook for Starz TV. He is also writing and preparing to direct his first feature film, Lottery Boy.

Katy Sullivan received a BFA in acting from Webster University’s Conservatory in St Louis. She created the role of Ani in Cost of Living (Williamstown Theatre Festival Manhattan Theatre Club – Theatre World Award and nominations for Drama League, Outer Critics’ Circle and Lucille Lortel Awards). Other theatre work includes Hedda Gabler (Webster University); Lady Windermere’s Fan (Northlight Theatre, Chicago); Finish Line: A documentary play about the 2013 Boston Marathon (Boch Center Shubert Theatre, Boston); A Piece of My Heart (L.A. New Court Theatre) and The Long Red Road (Goodman Theatre).

Her film work includes the award-winning film, Walk On and T-11 Incomplete (2019). Her television work includes My Name is Earl; Last Man Standing, Legit and NCIS: New Orleans. Sullivan is a four-time U.S. Champion in the 100m. She was among the first bilateral above the knee amputees to compete in the Paralympics in ambulatory track at the London 2012 Paralympic Games. She was a Sports Analyst for NBC’s 2016 Paralympic Games in Brazil.

Cost of Living is directed by Edward Hall.

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