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Hayley Atwell to make Hampstead Theatre debut in Dry Powder

Dry Powder Photo by SWD

Casting news

CASTING has been announced for the UK premiere of Sarah Burgess’ breathtakingly witty and virtuosic comedy, Dry Powder, which runs at Hampstead Theatre from February 1 (previews from January 26) to March 3, 2018.

Hayley Atwell, currently starring in BBC’s Howards End, will make her Hampstead Theatre debut as Jenny and will be joined by Tom Riley as Seth and Aidan McArdle as Rick.

Hayley Atwell’s theatre credits include The Man of Mode, Major Barbara (National Theatre) and Prometheus Bound (West End). She has been nominated for two Olivier Awards for her performances in A View from the Bridge (Duke of York’s Theatre) and The Pride (Trafalgar Studios).

Her television credits include the Agent Carter series, Howard’s End, Pillars of the Earth for which she received a Golden Globe nomination, Black Mirror, Any Human Heart, Restless and The Line of Beauty. Her film work includes Agent Peggy Carter in the Marvel movie franchise, Christopher Robin, Cinderella, All is By My Side, The Duchess, Brideshead Revisited and Cassandra’s Dream.

Aidan McArdle is currently starring in The Secret Theatre (Shakespeare’s Globe). His recent theatre credits include The White Devil (Menier Chocolate Factory), There Came a Gypsy Riding (Almeida Theatre), The Shadow of a Gunman (Tricycle Theatre), Antony and Cleopatra, Othello, Henry VI Parts 1, 2 and 3, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Richard III (RSC), A Prayer for Owen Meaney (National Theatre), Stairs to the Roof (Chichester Festival Theatre) and Democracy (Sheffield Crucible Theatre/Old Vic).

His screen credits include Jane Eyre, Mr Selfridge, The Maigret Series, The Fall, Miss Marple, Sense 8 and Delicious (TV); Ella Enchanted, Not Only But Always, The Duchess, Borderlands, Professor and The Madman and Black 47 (film).

Tom Riley’s theatre credits include Arcadia (Broadway) for which he was nominated for a Drama Desk Award, My City (Almeida Theatre), Paradise Regained, The Vertical Hour, Censorship, Victory, The Entertainer and The Woman Before (Royal Court Theatre).

His television credits include Angie Tribeca, Ill Behaviour, Dark Heart, The Collection, Inside No. 9, Doctor Who, Da Vinci’s Demons for which he won a BAFTA Cymru, Monroe, Twenty Twelve, Bedlam, A Bouquet of Barbed Wire, No Heroics, Poirot: An Appointment with Death, Freezing, Lost In Austen, Lewis, Casualty 1906 & 1907, Miss Marple – Ordeal By Innocence, Freezing and Paparazzi.

Riley has also appeared in the films Extinction, Ghost Light, Starfish, Modern Life Is Rubbish, Pushing Dead, Kill Your Friends, St. Trinians 2, Happy Ever Afters, Return to House on Haunted Hill, I Want Candy and A Few Days in September.

Further casting will be announced in due course.

Dry Powder explores the vision, the vulnerability, and the vilification of those shaping – and skewing – the economy.

Directed by Anna Ledwich, Dry Powder is designed by Andrew D Edwards, with lighting by Elliot Griggs, sound by Max Pappenheim and video by Ian William Galloway.

Read more about Dry Powder.

Simon Gray’s deftly funny play Cell Mates continues at Hampstead Theatre until January 20, 2018.