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Alexander Hanson replaces James Dreyfus in The Lie at the Menier Chocolate Factory

Casting news

FOR medical reasons, James Dreyfus has withdrawn from the English language world première production of Florian Zeller’s The Lie, which is due to begin preview performances at the Menier Chocolate Factory on September 14, with opening night on September 27, 2017.

Dreyfus will be replaced by Alexander Hanson, whose theatre includes last year’s production of Zeller’s play The Truth. His other numerous theatre credits include A Little Night Music (Chocolate Factory, Garrick Theatre and Broadway), Committee (Donmar Warehouse) and The Wars of the Roses (Rose Theatre, Kingston).

Hanson is married to actress Samantha Bond who also stars in the production.

Previously Posted: Full casting has been announced for the English language world première of Florian Zeller’s The Lie. Translated by Christopher Hampton, it runs at the Menier Chocolate Factory from September 14 to November 18, 2017.

The line up includes Samantha Bond, James Dreyfus, Tony Gardner and Alexandra Gilbreath.

Alice spots her friend’s husband with another woman. Should she tell her friend the truth…or lie? Her husband Paul is convinced that it is better to lie. But in doing so, who is being protected and who suffers? Both find out that in matters of the heart, the line between the truth and a lie can be a dangerous one to cross.

Well known for her role as Miss Moneypenny in the James Bond films, Samantha Bond’s theatre credits include Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Savoy Theatre) and Amy’s View (National Theatre, Aldwych Theatre and Broadway, where she received a Tony nomination for Best Featured Actress). On television, she appeared in Downton Abbey as Lady Rosamund Painswick.

James Dreyfus has previously appeared at the Menier Chocolate Factory in Candide and The Common Pursuit. His other theatre credits include Harvey (Theatre Royal Haymarket), The Producers (Theatre Royal Drury Lane) and Lady in the Dark (National Theatre) for which he received an Olivier Award for Best Supporting Performance in a Musical.

Tony Gardner’s theatre work includes Around the World in 80 Days (St James Theatre) and The Rivals (Theatre Royal Haymarket), while on television he has appeared in Last Tango in Halifax and Fresh Meat.

Alexandra Gilbreath’s theatre credits include Dessert (Southwark Playhouse), The Wars of the Roses (Rose Theatre Kingston) and multiple roles for the RSC including Twelfth Night for which she received an Olivier nomination for Best Actress in a Play.

The Lie is directed by Lindsay Posner, with set design by Anna Fleischle, costume design by Loren Elstein, lighting design by Howard Harrison, sound design by Gregory Clarke and original music by Isobel Waller-Bridge.

The production sees the return of Zeller, Hampton and director Lindsay Posner to the Menier Chocolate Factory following the huge success of The Truth in 2016, which later transferred to the West End and was nominated for an Olivier Award for Best Comedy.

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