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Final casting announced for the 50th anniversary production of Loot at Park Theatre

Casting news

FINAL casting has been announced for the 50th anniversary production of Joe Orton’s darkly comic masterpiece, Loot, which runs at London’s Park Theatre from August 17 to September 24, 2017.

Joining previously announced Calvin Demba (as Dennis), Sam Frenchum (Hal) and Sinéad Matthews (Nurse McMahon) are Christopher Fulford (Truscott), Ian Redford (McLeavy) and Raphael Bar (Meadows).

A regular face in British TV and film for over 20 years, Christopher Fulford made an early mark playing green-haired punk Alex in the short-lived two-series ITV sitcom, Sorry, I’m A Stranger Here Myself. Memorably he appeared as a suspected child murderer in Cracker, played Castor Van Bethoven in the movie Immortal Beloved and starred as Napoleon in the BBC adaptation of Scarlet and Black alongside the then virtually unknown Ewan McGregor and Rachel Weisz.

More recently, he appeared in the ITV1 dramas Whitechapel and Collision, as a suicidal Prime Minister in the TV series The Last Enemy, and as Winston Churchill in Werner Herzog’s movie, Queen of the Desert.

Fulford’s theatre credits include Timothy Sheader’s production of The Crucible at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre (as Rev Parriss), The River Line at Jermyn Street Theatre, Nightingale and Chase directed by Richard Wilson at the Royal Court, The Indian Boy at the RSC and as ”A” in Crave as part of the Sarah Kane Season in Sheffield.

Ian Redford’s extensive theatre credits include The Alchemist (RSC/Barbican), Mad World My Master and Candide (RSC), Our Country’s Good (Out Of Joint), Brimstone and Treacle (Arcola Theatre), The Gatekeeper (Manchester Royal Exchange), Love the Sinner (National Theatre), Six Degrees of Separation (Old Vic), and Helen and Romeo & Juliet (Shakespeare’s Globe).

His screen work includes New Tricks, Mary and Martha and Boogeyman (TV); The Trial of the King Killers, I.D, The Remains of the Day and Just Like a Woman (film).

Raphael Bar’s recent theatre credits include a national tour of Out of Order directed by Ray Cooney, The Club and Break Time (Tristan Bates Theatre), If My Heart Was A Closed Camera (Chelsea Theatre), Reprehensible Men (Camden Fringe), and Skewed Judgement (Cockpit Theatre). On film he played the title role in the movie Pericles.

In Loot, uproarious slapstick meets dubious morals as two young friends, Hal (Frenchum) and Dennis (Demba), stash the proceeds of a bank robbery in an occupied coffin, attempting to hide their spoils from the attentions of a psychopathic policeman, a gold-digging nurse and a grieving widower.

Loot is directed by Michael Fentiman and designed by Gabriella Slade, with lighting by Elliot Griggs and sound by Max Pappenheim.

Read more about Loot.