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Casting announced for The Ice Cream Boys at Jermyn Street Theatre

Casting news

CASTING has been announced for The Ice Cream Boys. A gripping exploration of politics and power by acclaimed playwright Gail Louw, it runs at Jermyn Street Theatre from Wednesday, October 9 to Saturday, November 2, 2019.

Oh look, there’s a chess set. How about a game, like old times?

There are some enemies you’d wait a lifetime to see face-to-face. Charismatic, corrupt and dangerous, Jacob Zuma was until recently President of South Africa. But before Zuma came to power, Ronnie Kasrils masterminded the intelligence services. Now at last they’re alone together. When you’ve been betrayed, it’s never too late to settle old scores.

Andrew Frances (Fences, Bath Theatre Royal, Not Going Out, BBC1) takes the role of Jacob Zuma, Jack Klaff (The Cherry Orchard, Arcola Theatre, Insignificance, Donmar Warehouse, For Your Eyes Only, Eon Productions, Star Wars, Lucas Films) plays Ronnie Kasrils and recent New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts graduate Bu Kunene plays Thandi Dube and other characters.

The production is directed by Vik Sivalingam, whose credits include There or Here, In Arabia We’d All Be Kings, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Tempest at the Rio Olympics 2016. He has an MFA in Theatre Directing and was Resident Director at the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Gail Louw was born in Johannesburg and now lives in the UK. Two volumes of her plays, including Blonde Poison, are published by Oberon Books. Jermyn Street Theatre presented Louw’s play Shackleton’s Carpenter this August.

Jermyn Street Theatre Artistic Director, Tom Littler said: “We are delighted to present the premiere of Gail Louw’s gripping play about corruption and power. And it’s a pleasure to welcome back an old friend, Jack Klaff, and introduce our audiences to the work of director Vik Sivalingam.”

The Ice Cream Boys has set and costume design by Cecilia Trono, lighting design by Tim Mascall and sound design by Nicola Chang.

Tickets: Standard – £30. Under 30s – 100 tickets at £10 are available for under-30s, bookable online or by telephone – proof of age is required. Preview tickets (October 9—10) – £15. Concessions available to over-60s, theatre unions, unwaged, access, students. After Saturday, October 19 all tickets are full price. To book, call the box office on 0207 287 2875 or visit

Times: Monday to Saturday evenings at 7:30pm; Saturday matinees at 3.30pm.

Also part of Jermyn Street Theatre’s Memories Season: Tom Littler’s production of Somerset Maugham’s For Services Rendered (until October 5) and Jermyn Street Theatre and Guildford Shakespeare Company’s co-production of All’s Well That Ends Well (November 6 to November 30, 2019).