Casting announced for the Almeida's Our Town
CASTING has been announced for the UK premiere of Thornton Wilder’s Our Town, which runs at the Almeida Theatre from Friday, October 10 to Saturday, November 29, 2014.
The line up includes David Cromer, who also directs, as Stage Manager, Rashan Stone, Matthew Jacobs-Morgan, Daniel Kendrick, Anna Francolini (Mrs Gibbs), Kate Dickie, David Walmsley, Jessica Lester, Arthur Byrne, Laura Elsworthy, Richard Lumsden, Christopher Staines, Annette McLaughlin, Sidney Cole, Michael Ajao, Simon Lennon and Paul Bigley.
Described as a deceptively simple story, Our Town exposes the stark truth of human existence as two people fall in love, marry, and live out their lives as a small American town becomes an allegory for everyday life.
David Cromer is an award-winning actor and director. His critically acclaimed production of Our Town ran for more than a year at Barrow Street Theatre in New York City, garnering not only a 2009 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Direction and Outstanding Revival but also a 2009 Obie Award for Best Director.
As an actor, his theatre credits includes Our Town (New York/Chicago/LA/Boston) and A Raisin in the Sun (Broadway).
As well as Victor/Victoria in which she played Victoria Grant/Count Victor Grazinski (Southwark Playhouse), Anna Francolini has also appeared on stage cross-dressing in a musical in The Ballad of Little Jo, starring in the title role as Jo Monaghan, a young woman who lived as a man in the silver mines of Idaho in the 1890s.
She has also appeared in two acclaimed Stephen Sondheim productions at the Donmar Warehouse – Sam Mendes’ production of Company in 1995 (as Marta) and Michael Grandage’s production of Merrily We Roll Along in 2000 (as Gussie).
Her other stage roles include the Baker’s Wife in the Royal Opera House production of Sondheim’s Into the Woods, Jean Brodie in Muriel Spark’s The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie at the Royal & Derngate in Northampton (winner of the 2009 TMA Award for Best Performance in a Play), and Maria Callas in Martin Sherman’s Onassis in the West End.
For more information, call the box office on 020 7359 4404 or visit www.almeida.co.uk/.