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Full casting announced for world premiere of Either at Hampstead Theatre


Preview by Jack Foley

HAMPSTEAD Theatre has announced the casting for the world premiere of Ruby Thomas’ first full-length play, Either, that probes our romantic choices in life and explores the human need to connect and be loved – regardless of the ramifications or gender…

Joining the cast will be Gabriel Akuwudike, Patrick Knowles, Isabella Laughland, Bianca Stephens, Lizzy Watts and Tilda Wickham.

A young, loved-up couple are surrounded by life’s infinite possibilities and temptations. And at a time in their lives where they have little responsibility, they’re determined to live this chapter as fully and spontaneously as possible. But in their pursuit to enjoy all that life has to offer, should every opportunity that comes their way be taken?

Ruby Thomas has had short plays performed at the Old Red Lion, Platform Southwark, the White Bear and Theatre503. She was on the Soho Writers Lab course (2016-17) and the Royal Court Supergroup (2018-19). Her web series, Settling, was released in March 2019.

Guy Jones trained at the University of Manchester and on the National Theatre Directors Course. His directing work includes Out of Water and Mayfly (both Orange Tree); Busking It (HighTide/Shoreditch Town Hall); Disnatured (Shakespeare in Shoreditch Festival) and Spokesong (Finborough).

As Staff Director at the National Theatre, he directed Saint George and the Dragon, and as Assistant Director at the RSC he assisted on Cymbeline and Always Orange. Guy is Literary Associate at the Orange Tree and has been an Associate Artist at Company Three.

Gabriel Akuwudike’s theatre work includes Time is Love (Finborough); Dealing with Clair (Orange Tree); A Gym Thing (Small Things Theatre); No One is an Island (Tangle); Mary Barnes; The Caucasian Chalk Circle and Love and Information (all Drama Centre) and Troilus and Cressida (Sam Wanamaker Festival). His film work includes 1917, while his television work includes Berlin Station (Season III); Brexit: The Uncivil War; The Bisexual; Informer and Cursed.

Patrick Knowles’s theatre work includes One For the Road (Frinton Summer Theatre/Jermyn St); Imperium (Gielgud/RSC); A Streetcar Named Desire (ETT/Theatr Clwyd/NST); The Seven Acts of Mercy; The Rover and The Two Noble Kinsmen (all RSC); Look Back In Anger (Derby Theatre); A Streetcar Named Desire (Leicester Curve); Saturday Night, Sunday Morning and The Grapes of Wrath (both Mercury Theatre, Colchester) and Taking Steps (Old Laundry Theatre, Bowness). His film work includes The Rizen; Deny Everything and Pelican Blood, while his television work includes Call the Midwife, Doctors, Casualty, Murder on the Home Front, Holby City, New Tricks, Apparitions and Lewis.

Isabella Laughland’s theatre work includes Cock (Chichester Festival Theatre); BU21 (Trafalgar Studios/Kuleshov); A Further Education (Hampstead Downstairs); Pride and Prejudice (Sheffield Crucible); King Lear (Chichester Festival Theatre); The Same Deep Water As Me (Donmar); Hard Feelings (Finborough); The Last of the Haussmans and Greenland (both National Theatre) and Wanderlust (Royal Court).

Her film work includes Slaughterhouse Rulez, Chubby Funny, Now Is Good, Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows Part 2 and Harry Potter & The Half Blood Prince. Her television work includes Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, Criminal, Chimerica, Lewis and Black Mirror: Fifteen Million Merits.

Bianca Stephens’s theatre work includes soft animals (Soho); The Burning Tower (Bush); Julius Caesar and Midsummer Night’s Dream (both Storyhouse Theatre, Chester), and E15 (Lung Theatre company, Battersea Arts Centre).

Lizzy Watts’s theatre work includes Dealing With Clair (Orange Tree); Hedda Gabler (National Theatre tour); Strife (Chichester Festival Theatre); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare’s Globe world tour); Blink (Soho/NY); Twelfth Night (Filter Theatre tour), and The Grizzled Skipper (Southampton Nuffield). Her television work includes Endevour, The Durrells, Midsomer Murders and Doctors.

Tilda Wickham’s theatre work includes Out of Water (Orange Tree) and A Queer Anthology of Dating (Southwark Playhouse).