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Vivien Parry joins Miriam Margolyes and Mark Hadfield in Sydney & The Old Girl

Sydney & The Old Girl

Casting news

FINAL casting has been announced for Sydney & The Old Girl. Written by Eugene O’Hare and directed by Phillip Breen, it runs at Park Theatre from October 31 to November 30, 2019.

Completing the cast and joining previously announced Miriam Margolyes and Mark Hadfield is Vivien Parry.

Following the sell-out hit Madame Rubinstein in 2017, Miriam Margolyes returns to Park Theatre to play Nell Stock. Born in Oxford, England in 1941 and educated at Newnham College, Cambridge, Margolyes is a veteran of stage and screen, an award-winning actress who has achieved success on both sides of the Atlantic.

Major film credits during her long and celebrated career include Yentl, Little Shop of Horrors, I Love You To Death, End of Days, Sunshine, Scorsese’s The Age of Innocence, Cold Comfort Farm and Magnolia. She starred in Stephen Hopkins’ The Life and Death of Peter Sellers, Modigliani, Istvan Szabo’s Being Julia and Ladies in Lavender (dir. Charles Dance, with Dames Maggie Smith and Judi Dench). Margolyes was also Professor Sprout in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows (Part II).

Her most memorable TV credits include: Old Flames, Freud, Life and Loves of a She Devil, Blackadder, The Girls of Slender Means, Oliver Twist, The History Man, Vanity Fair and Supply & Demand. In 2016, Margolyes joined an all-star cast in The Real Marigold Hotel, the sequel The Real Marigold On Tour, and presented her own BBC documentary series Miriam’s Dead Good Adventure in 2019.

Mark Hadfield will play Sydney Stock. Hadfield’s stage credits include The Weatherman (Park Theatre), 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.

Vivien Parry will play Marion Fee. Parry’s theatre credits include: Les Miserables (Queen’s Theatre), A Christmas Carol, Twelfth Night, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Shoemaker’s Holiday (RSC), The Girls (UK Tour), Half a Sixpence (Noel Coward Theatre), Top Hat (Aldwych Theatre), Mamma Mia! (Prince of Wales Theatre), Which Witch (Piccadilly Theatre) and Blood Brothers (Phoenix Theatre).

Her screen credits include the live action Disney film Beauty and the Beast, as well as TV roles in: Holby City, Outside the Rules, The Bench and The Bill.

London is becoming an alien landscape to Sydney Stock; a man who has lived for over fifty years cooped up with his mother Nell in her grubby East End home. Theirs is a relationship of mutually assured destruction where the ghosts of the past continue to stalk and accuse. As the twisted game around family inheritance reaches breaking point, Irish care worker Marion Fee finds herself an unwitting pawn being played from both sides.

At the centre of Eugene O’Hare’s second full-length black comedy is a family’s obsession with versions of the past, and a paranoia about a future in a city which no longer feels like home.

Sydney & The Old Girl is suitable for ages 14+.

Tickets: Previews £18.50, Standard £18.50 – £32.50, Concessions £16.50 – £23.50, Child (Under 16) £15 – £20. To book, call the box office on 020 7870 6876 or visit

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

Audio Described Performance: Saturday, November 16 at 3pm. Touch tour at 2pm.

Read more about Park Theatre’s July to December 2019 Season.