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Full casting announced for the Lyric Hammersmith's Terror

Casting news

FULL casting has been announced for the UK premiere of Ferdinand von Schirach’s thrilling courtroom drama Terror. Translated by David Tushingham and directed by Sean Holmes, it runs at the Lyric Hammersmith from Wednesday, June 14 to Saturday, July 15, 2017.

The line up includes Emma Fielding (as Prosecuting Counsel Nelson), John Lightbody (Christian Lauterbach), Forbes Masson (Defence Counsel Biegler), Tanya Moodie (Presiding Judge), Shanaya Rafaat (Franziska Meiser) and Ashley Zhangazha (the pilot on trial, Lars Koch).

Guilty. Not Guilty. You Decide. Enter the courtroom. Hear the evidence. Make your judgement.

A hijacked plane is heading towards a packed football stadium. Ignoring orders to the contrary a fighter pilot shoots the plane down killing 164 people to save 70,000. Put on trial and charged with murder, the fate of the pilot is in the audience’s hands.

Emma Fielding’s numerous theatre credits include Rapture Blister Burn (Hampstead Theatre); In The Republic of Happiness, Spinning Into Butter (Royal Court); Decade (Headlong); The King’s Speech (Wyndham’s Theatre); Heartbreak House (Chichester Festival Theatre); Playing With Fire, Look Back In Anger, Arcadia (National Theatre); Rock ‘n’ Roll (Duke of York’s Theatre); Macbeth, Heartbreak House, 1953, School For Wives (Almeida Theatre); and Revolt She Said, Revolt Again, Cymbeline, Measure For Measure, The School For Scandal (Olivier Award nomination), Twelfth Night, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Broken Heart (RSC).

Her equally numerous screen credits include Silent Witness, Dark Angel, Close To The Enemy, Capital, Arthur & George, This Is England ’90, Foyle’s War, DCI Banks, Silk, The Game, George Gently, Father Brown, Death In Paradise, The Suspicions of Mr Whicher, Kidnap & Ransom, Midsomer Murders, Return to Cranford, The Cranford Chronicles, Fallen Angel, Beneath The Skin, The Government Inspector, Waking The Dead, My Uncle Silas, The Inspector Lynley Mysteries, Other People’s Children, A Respectable Trade, The Mrs Bradley Mysteries, A Dance To The Music of Time, Drover’s Gold, Poirot, Fast Girls, Twenty8k, The Other Man, Discovery of Heaven, Pandaemonium, The Scarlet Tunic and The Great Ghost Rescue.

John Lightbody has previously appeared at the Lyric in Three Sisters (Filter) and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Filter, Manchester Royal Exchange, Dublin, Australia). Theatre credits elsewhere include Microcosm (Soho Theatre); Each His Own Wilderness (Orange Tree Theatre); Sixty-Six Books (Bush Theatre); Ghost Stories (Duke of York’s Theatre); Treasure Island (Theatre Royal Haymarket); The English Game (Headlong); Richard III (Southwark Playhouse); Twelfth Night, A Doll’s House (West Yorkshire Playhouse); The Taming of the Shrew; Measure for Measure; Richard III (RSC); A Christmas Carol, The Sea (Chichester Festival Theatre) and As You Like It (National Theatre).

His screen work includes Wallander, Agatha Raisin, EastEnders, Father Brown, The Musketeers, DCI Banks, The Mill, The Bletchley Circle, Holby City, Doctors, Dalziel and Pascoe, Midsomer Murders, The Royal, The Bill, The Flood, A Bunch of Amateurs, How to Lose Friends and Alienate People, Lady of Sorrows, Domestics, The Stick Up and Maybe Baby.

Forbes Masson has previously appeared at the Lyric in Dumbstruck (Tron Theatre Production). His numerous theatre credits elsewhere include Travesties (Apollo/Menier Chocolate Factory); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Theatre Royal Bath); Dr Faustus (Duke of York’s Theatre); Mr Foote’s Other Leg (Hampstead/Theatre Royal Haymarket); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (RSC/Garsington Opera); The Ruling Class, Richard III, Macbeth (Trafalgar Studios); The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe (Kensington Gardens) and The Taming of the Shrew, As You Like It, Romeo and Juliet, Morte D’ Arthur, The Histories, Twelfth Night, Comedy of Errors, Hamlet, Macbeth and The Grain Store (RSC).

His screen credits include Catastrophe, Shetland, Doctors, Dead Boss, EastEnders, Young Person’s Guide to Becoming a Rock Star, Monarch of the Glen, Hamish Macbeth, Fun at the Funeral Parlour, Supergirly, The High Life, My Dead Dad, Red Dwarf, Taggart, Rab C Nesbitt and Victor and Barry Take the High Road.

Tanya Moodie’s previous Lyric credits include The Prince of Homburg (RSC), The Under Room, Chair and A Thousand Stars Explode in the Sky. Her other theatre credits include Hamlet (RSC); Joanne (Soho Theatre); King John (Shakespeare’s Globe); The House That Will Not Stand (Olivier Nomination – Tricycle Theatre); Intimate Apparel (Olivier Nomination – Park Theatre); Fences (Duchess Theatre); Catch, ACDC, Fewer Emergencies, Incomplete & Random Acts of Kindness (Royal Court); The Overwhelming, The Darker Face of Earth, The Oedipus Plays (National Theatre); 66 Books (Bush Theatre) and Trade, Peer Gynt, Coriolanus, Measure for Measure (RSC).

Her screen work includes Legacy, Rabbit Fever, The Tulse Luper Suitcases, The Final Passage, Skins, Sherlock, Lewis, The Body Farm, Holby City, The Street, The Clinic, Casualty, Sea Of Souls, Silent Witness, Promoted to Glory, In Deep, Shane, High Stakes, Always & Everyone, The Bill, Dr Willoughby, Maisie Raine, Boyz Unlimited, So Haunt Me and The Man From Auntie.

Shanaya Rafaat’s theatre credits include The White Devil (Shakespeare’s Globe); A Tale of Two Cities (Royal & Derngate/UK tour); Great Expectations (West Yorkshire Playhouse); Stateless (Tristan Bates Theatre); Around the World in 80 Days (St James Theatre); King Lear (Shakespeare’s Globe/International tour); The Illusion (Southwark Playhouse); and The Maids (National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai).

Her screen work includes EastEnders, Lewis, Silk, Schadenfreude, Complicit and Honeycomb Lodge.

Ashley Zhangazha’s theatre credits include The Lottery of Love (Orange Tree Theatre); Human Animals, Belong, Truth and Reconciliation (Royal Court); A Raisin in the Sun (Sheffield Crucible/Eclipse); Image of an Unknown Young Woman (Gate Theatre); Ah Wilderness! (Young Vic); Hamlet (Royal Exchange); Henry V (Michael Grandage Company/Noel Coward Theatre); Fences (Theatre Royal Bath/Duchess Theatre); Macbeth (Sheffield Crucible); Richard II (Donmar Warehouse); King Lear (Donmar/BAM, New York) and Danton’s Death (National Theatre).

He has also appeared on screen in Victoria, Doctors, Humans and Ordinary Lies.

Terror has set design by Anna Fleischle, costume design by Loren Elstein, lighting by Joshua Carr and sound by Nick Manning.

Open Captioned Performance: Monday, July 3 at 7:30pm.

Audio Described Performance: Thursday, July 6 at 7:30pm.

Post-show talks with members of the cast and creative team: Tuesday, July 4 and Tuesday, July 11. Free.

For more information or to book tickets, call the box office on 020 8741 6850 or visit

May 2017 to January 2018 at the Lyric.