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Woyzeck - images released of John Boyega and the cast rehearsing

John Boyega. Photo by AKSE P19 Pentagram.

Casting news

IMAGES have been released of John Boyega and the cast rehearsing Woyzeck. To view them, click here.

Previously Posted: Further casting has been announced for the world premiere of Jack Thorne’s new version of Georg Büchner’s Woyzeck, which opens at The Old Vic on May 23, 2017, following preview performances from May 13.

Joining previously announced John Boyega (as Woyzeck) are Ben Batt (Andrews), Nancy Carroll (Maggie), Sarah Greene (Marie) and Steffan Rhodri (Captain), with further casting to be announced.

Woyzeck is set in 1980s Berlin. The Cold War rages and the world sits at a crossroads between Capitalism and Communism. On the border between East and West, a young soldier and the love of his life are desperately trying to build a better future for their child.

But the cost of escaping poverty is high, and its tragic consequences unfold in this searing tale of the people society leaves behind.

John Boyega, who received the 2016 BAFTA Rising Star Award and the Chopard Trophy at Cannes, was most recently seen in Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens (2015) and in December 2017, he will reprise his role of Finn in Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi. He is currently filming Pacific Rim: Uprising which he is also producing through his production company, Upper Room Productions. He will next be seen in The Circle (April 2017) followed by a principle role in Kathryn Bigelow’s Untitled Project set against the backdrop of the 1967 Detroit Riots (August 2017).

His theatre credits include Six Parties (National Theatre) and Category B, Seize the Day and Detaining Justice (Tricycle Theatre). He has also appeared on television in Becoming Human and 24: Live Another Day.

Ben Batt’s recent theatre credits include the acclaimed A Streetcar Named Desire at the Royal Exchange Theatre. His other credits include As You Like It (also at the Royal Exchange Theatre) and Making Noise Quietly (Donmar Warehouse). His screen credits include Prey, The Go-Between, The Village (Series 2), From There to Here, Scott & Bailey, Prisoners Wives, Death in Paradise and the upcoming In The Dark (TV); The Windmill, Slapper and Me, Despite The Falling Snow, Coach, Electricity and A Running Jump (film).

Nancy Carroll’s numerous theatre credits include The Moderate Soprano (Hampstead Theatre), Closer and The Recruiting Officer (Donmar Warehouse), The Magistrate, After the Dance, for which she won an Olivier Award for Best Actress and Natasha Richardson Award for Best Actress at the Evening Standard Awards, Man of Mode, The Enchantment, The Voysey Inheritance, The False Servant and The Talking Cure (National Theatre), Arcadia (Duke of York’s Theatre) and Twelfth Night, As You Like It and Henry IV Parts 1 & 2 (RSC).

On screen, she has appeared in Will, Father Brown (Series 1-5), Tennison, The Suspicions of Mr Whicher, Call The Midwife, Silent Witness, Lewis, Midsummer Murders and Cambridge Spies (TV); An Ideal Husband, Iris and The Gathering Storm (film).

Tony and Olivier Award nominated actress and winner of the IFTA and Irish Film Board ‘Rising Star Award’, Sarah Greene is arguably best known for her recurring role as ‘Hecate Poole’ in the Showtime/Sky Atlantic series Penny Dreadful, created by John Logan. For her role she was awarded the IFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role in Drama this year.

Greene has also enjoyed an exceptional stage career. Her most notable stage performance was in Michael Grandage’s production of The Cripple of Inishmaan, a play by Martin McDonagh and co-starring Daniel Radcliffe. As the mean-spirited ‘Slippy Helen’ she performed in both the West End and on Broadway, was nominated for a Tony and Olivier Award in 2014, and won the 2014 World Theater Award for Outstanding Broadway Debut.

Steffan Rhodri’s recent theatre credits include This House (Garrick Theatre), The Hairy Ape (Old Vic), The Mentalists (Wyndham’s Theatre), Posh (Duke of York’s Theatre), Absent Friends (Harold Pinter Theatre), Abigail’s Party (Hampstead Theatre), The Kitchen Sink (Bush Theatre), Clybourne Park (Royal Court Theatre) and It’s A Mad World My Masters and Candide (RSC).

Although on television Rhodri is best known for playing Dave Coaches in Gavin and Stacey, he has also appeared in The Hollow Crown: Henry IV, part 2, Under Milk Wood, Stella, Crawford and Wire in the Blood. His film credits include Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and Submarine.

Woyzeck is directed by Joe Murphy and is designed by Tom Scutt, with lighting by Neil Austin, sound by Gareth Fry, movement by Polly Bennett and illusion by Ben Hart. The composer is Isobel Waller-Bridge.

Image: John Boyega. Photo by AKSE P19 Pentagram.

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Art continues at The Old Vic until February 18, 2017. It is followed – from February 25 to April 29, 2017 – by Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead.