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Casting announced for The Weatherman at Park Theatre

The Weatherman

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

CASTING has been confirmed for The Weatherman, a dark drama that receives its world premiere at Park Theatre. Written by Eugene O’Hare and directed by Alice Hamilton, it runs from August 15 to September 14, 2019.

The line up includes Mark Hadfield (as Beezer), Niamh James (Mara), Alec Newman (O’Rourke), Cyril Nri (Turkey) and David Schaal (Dollar).

Beezer and O’Rourke live on the fringes of society in a dingy London flat, struggling to make ends meet. Despite living life at the bottom of the heap, the savage banter of their dysfunctional relationship keeps the pair afloat.

When their dodgy landlord, Dollar, makes them a ‘business’ proposition, O’Rourke finds himself selling out for the cost of a few months’ rent. The price? Take care of a mystery special package. Just for a few months. Easy job. Easy money. As the weight of a heavy conscience becomes too much to bear, the outlook for tomorrow becomes increasingly dark, with a storm brewing on the horizon.

Eugene O’Hare’s first play in Park Theatre’s 2019 season shines a light on complicity, and its intriguing web of secrets and lies woven behind closed doors.

Mark Hadfield’s theatre credits include: Tamburlaine (Swan Theatre), Road (Royal Court), The Libertine (Bath/Theatre Royal Haymarket), Richard III (Almeida), The Painkiller (Garrick Theatre), Made in Dagenham (Adelphi Theatre), Jeeves and Wooster: Perfect Nonsense (Duke of York’s Theatre), Singing in the Rain (Palace Theatre) and Uncle Vanya (Vaudeville Theatre). His screen credits include: Outlander, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, A Cock and Bull Story and Wallander.

Niamh James makes her professional debut at Park Theatre, having trained at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Her credits whilst training include: Lost Empires and A Permanent State of Emergency.

Alec Newman’s screen credits include: Strike Back, Call The Midwife, Outlander, Him, The Last Kingdom, Greyhawk, Waterloo Road, Angel and Dune. His stage work includes: Uncle Vanya and Alligators (Hampstead Theatre), The Motherf**ker With The Hat and Danton’s Death (National Theatre), King Lear (Donmar Warehouse) and These Shining Lives (Park Theatre).

Cyril Nri’s theatre credits include The Barbershop Chronicles, Our Country’s Good and The Observer (National Theatre), Hamlet (RSC), The Absence of War (Headlong Theatre), Julius Caesar (RSC/West End) and Oxford St (Royal Court). His television credits include Noughts and Crosses and The Bill.

David Schaal’s screen credits include: The Inbetweeners, Pirates! In An Adventure With Scientists!, The Inbetweeners Movie, The Office, Victoria, Frontier, The Midnight Beast, Mr. Nobody, Ashes To Ashes, The IT Crowd, Hustle and Kidulthood. Schaal returns to Park Theatre having starred in the 2017 black comedy Rabbits.

NB: The Weatherman contains distressing scenes and themes of abuse that may be triggering for some and is suitable for ages 16+.

Tickets: Previews £18.50, Standard £18.50 – £32.50, Concessions £16.50 – £23.50. To book, call the box office on 020 7870 6876 or visit www.parktheatre.co.uk/.

Times: Monday to Saturday evenings at 7.30pm, Thursday and Saturday matinees at 3pm.

Running Time: Approximately 2 hours 15 minutes (including interval).

Captioned Performance: Tuesday, September 10 at 7.30pm.

Read more about Park200’s July to December 2019 season.