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Hard Feelings - casting announced

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

CASTING has been announced for Doug Lucie’s chillingly funny Hard Feelings, which runs at Finborough Theatre from June 11 to July 6, 2013.

The line up includes Nick Blakeley (Damned by Despair, 13, A Woman Killed with Kindness, National Theatre, The Sunshine Boys, West End) as Baz; Margaret Clunie (My Name is Caroline Korby, Theatre503, The Syndicate, Chichester Festival Theatre, Pramface, TV, Johnny English Reborn, film) as Annie…

…newcomer Jesse Fox as Rusty; Isabella Laughland (The Last of the Haussmans, National Theatre, Wanderlust, Royal Court Theatre, the Harry Potter films) as Viv; and Callum Turner (The Borgias, The Town, Leaving, TV) as Tone.

Previously Posted: James Hillier will direct Doug Lucie’s chillingly funny Hard Feelings at the Finborough Theatre, where it runs from June 11 to July 6, 2013.

We’re supposed to be having a party. It’s s’posed to be fun. This is my house, and when I say everybody have fun, then everybody have fun.

Thatcher’s Britain – Brixton, 1981. As tensions mount on the streets, in the safety of their home, a group of Oxford University graduates barely notice what’s happening on the streets outside as police and rioters clash, shops are looted and buildings set on fire.

In both worlds there is a fight for rights… a fight for respect …a fight for control. Who will win? Who will lose? Who will make the strongest cocktail? And when the dust finally settles the question remains… Will things ever change?

Unseen in London for nearly 25 years, Hard Feelings was first staged at the Oxford Playhouse in 1982, before transferring to the Bush Theatre in 1983, directed by Mike Bradwell. It was later broadcast as a BBC Play for Today.

Doug Lucie was born in 1953. His plays include Progress (Lyric Hammersmith and Bush Theatres), Fashion (Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford and London), Doing the Business and The Shallow End (Royal Court Theatre), Force and Hypocrisy (Young Vic), Gaucho (Hampstead Theatre) and Pass It On (National Theatre Connections). For television, his work includes Headhunters, Shellshock, A Life of His Own and Funseeker.

Hard Feelings is presented by Defibrillator in association with Neil McPherson for the Finborough Theatre. James Hillier, Artistic Director of Defibrillator, returns to the venue to direct his first full-length play, having previously been nominated for an OffWestEnd Award for his performance there in the sell-out Blue Surge.

The 2013 Summer Season also includes Early Days by David Storey (Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays, June 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25, 30, July 1 and 2); Dusa, Fish, Stas and Vi (July 9 to August 3); The Precariat (Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays, July 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23, 28, 29 and 30); As Is (August 6 to August 31); and Armstrong’s War (Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays, August 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26 and 27).

For more information call the box office on 0844 847 1652 or visit www.finboroughtheatre.co.uk/.

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