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Full casting announced for Eden at Hampstead Theatre

Casting news

FULL casting has been announced for the world premiere of Hannah Patterson’s Eden, which runs at Hampstead Theatre Downstairs from February 20 (previews from February 7) to March 16, 2019.

The line up includes Laurietta Essien (as Alison), Mariah Gale (Jane), Sean Jackson (Bob), Yolanda Kettle (Sophie), Adrian Richards (Golf Caddie/Journalist/Security Guard/Tailor) and Michael Simkins (Chase).

It’s perfect, isn’t it? The most perfect spot I think I’ve ever seen… An unspoiled, natural beauty. Which makes it utterly ripe for development…

Eden is an idyllic coastal village of astonishing beauty, and home to an active community who are eager to protect it at all costs. Even the infamous Aaron Chase, an American property tycoon intent on building a luxury golf course, can’t name a price they’ll accept.

However, his star employee Sophie, a former Eden resident, might be able to broker a deal, so Chase plans to exploit her invaluable connections and local knowledge. Forced to confront her past, will Sophie be content to act as Chase Enterprises’ bulldozer or will deeper loyalties come to the fore?

Laurietta Essien’s theatre credits include The Mysteries and Come Closer: Speak What You Feel (Royal Exchange); Generations (Chichester Festival Theatre); Sixteen (SPID Theatre); The Crucible (Abbey Theatre); Talking to Terrorists (Calypso Productions); Anthony and Cleopatra (Manchester Royal Exchange); Sisters of the Moon (Channel Theatre Company) and The African Maiden (Women of Nigeria International).

Her television credits include Hollyoaks, Coronation Street, In the Dark, Doctors, Banana, Holby City, EastEnders and Silent Witness.

Mariah Gale’s theatre work includes Measure For Measure and Much Ado About Nothing (Shakespeare’s Globe); Cat On a Hot Tin Roof (Royal & Derngate, Northampton/Manchester Royal Exchange/Northern Stage); Proof (Menier Chocolate Factory); Three Sisters and Vernon God Little (Young Vic); The Pitchfork Disney (Arcola Theatre); The Comedy of Errors, Romeo and Juliet, As You Like It, Love’s Labour’s Lost, Hamlet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Anthony and Cleopatra, Julius Caesar and The Tempest (RSC); The Sea (Haymarket); and Twelfth Night (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre).

Her screen credits include Rare Beasts; Hercules; Abraham’s Point and Hamlet (film); Doctors, Dr Who, Father Brown, Broadchurch, Lucky Man, The Hollow Crow, Frankie, Death Comes to Pemberley, New Tricks, The Diary of Anne Frank, Skins and Oliver Twist (TV).

Sean Jackson’s theatre credits include Mrs Dalloway (Arcola Theatre); Antony and Cleopatra and Holy Warriors (Shakespeare’s Globe); Richard III (Nottingham Playhouse/York Theatre Royal); Say It With Flowers (Hampstead Theatre); The Seagull, A Dream Play, The Mandate, Iphigenia at Aulis, The Talking Cure and Ivanov (National Theatre); The Wild Duck (Donmar Warehouse); The Jewish Wife (Young Vic) and Henry V (Manchester Royal Exchange).

He has also appeared in the film Eddie the Eagle and on television in The Innocents, Da Vinci’s Demons (2 series), The Fear, Silent Witness, Waking the Dead, EastEnders and No Man’s Land.

Yolanda Kettle’s theatre credits include Oil (Almeida); The Deep Blue Sea (National Theatre); For Services Rendered (Chichester Festival Theatre); Little Light (Orange Tree Theatre); Coolatully (Finborough Theatre); Birdland (Royal Court); Anhedonia (Royal Court at Wilderness Festival); A Tale of Two Cities (Royal & Derngate); Pride and Prejudice (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre); Hello/Goodbye (Hampstead Theatre); A Doll’s House (Young Vic/Duke of York’s); and The Seagull (Arcola Theatre).

Her television work includes MarcellaThe Crown (Series 2), Howards End, Doc Martin (Series 8), The Collection, Love, Nina, Father Brown and Holby City. Her radio work includes A Change in the Willows, The Darkwater Bride and The Soulbreaker.

Adrian Richards’ theatre work includes Der Rosenkavalier and Die Entführung Aus dem Serail (Glyndebourne); The Winter’s Tale and Macbeth (National Theatre); Don Juan in Soho (Wyndham’s Theatre); Wild Honey (Hampstead Theatre); and Advice For The Young At Heart (Theatre Centre).

Michael Simkins’ theatre credits include The Fantastic Follies of Mrs Rich (RSC); Dessert (Southwark Playhouse); Fracked! or: Please Don’t Use the F-Word (Chichester Festival Theatre/UK tour); The Argument (Hampstead Downstairs); Hay Fever (Theatre Royal, Bath/international tour/West End); Oh! What A Lovely War (Theatre Royal, Stratford East); Yes Prime Minister (Chichester Festival Theatre/UK tour/West End); Loyalty (Hampstead Theatre); King Lear, A View from the Bridge and A Small Family Business (National Theatre); Chicago (Cambridge Theatre); Donkey’s Years (Comedy Theatre); and Mary Stuart (Apollo Theatre).

His screen work includes Greed, Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again!, The Iron Lady, V for Vendetta, Topsy-Turvy, Wilde and Heidi (film); NPX Project, Endeavour, Prank Me, Harlots, Grantchester, EastEnders, A Touch of Cloth, Lead Balloon, Minder, Lewis, New Tricks, Casualty, The English Harem and Green Wing (TV).

Eden is directed by Matthew Xia, who was previously Associate Artistic Director at the Royal Exchange Theatre, RTYDS Director in Residence at The Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse and Associate Director at Theatre Royal Stratford East. He has also worked extensively as a Composer and Musical Director for Theatre Royal Stratford East and numerous other UK theatres and events.

Hannah Patterson returns to Hampstead Downstairs after the two successful productions Platinum and Giving. Her play Playing With Grown Ups was nominated for an Off West End Award for Best New Play and transferred to 59E59 in New York as part of the Brits Off Broadway Festival.