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High Society - full casting announced

Casting news

FULL casting has been announced for High Society, which runs at The Old Vic from May 14 (previews from April 30) to August 22, 2015.

Joining previously announced Kate Fleetwood, Barbara Flynn, Jamie Parker, Annabel Scholey and Rupert Young are Ellie Bamber (as Dinah Lord), Richard Grieve (George Kittredge), Christopher Ravenscroft (Seth Lord) and Jeff Rawle (Uncle Willie).

Completing the cast are Ricky Butt (Mavis) and Paul Kemble (Chester). Ensemble members are John Brannoch, Omari Douglas, Claire Doyle, Chris Ellis-Stanton, Leon Kay, Sammy Kelly, Zak Nemorin, Katharine Pearson and Philippa Stefani.

Ellie Bamber recently played Lydia Bennett in the film Pride and Prejudice and Zombies directed by Burr Sheers. She also appeared in the BBC film The Falling, which premiered at the 2014 London Film Festival. Bamber’s television appearances include The Musketeers and A Mother’s Son. Last year, she appeared as Young Jenny in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Aspects of Love at the Menier Chocolate Factory, directed by Trevor Nunn.

Richard Grieve is best known for his regular television roles of Jonny Foster in Emmerdale, Sam Kratz in Neighbours and Dr Lachlan Frazer in Home and Away. He played Bernadette in Priscilla, Queen of the Desert for the UK Tour, having previously played Tick/Mitzi in the London production at the Palace Theatre.

Grieve’s other stage credits include Copacabana, Footloose, There’s No Way Home, Daisy Miller (UK Tour), An Ideal Husband (The English Theatre) and multiple productions with the Melbourne Theatre Company and the Sydney Theatre Company.

Christopher Ravenscroft’s extensive theatre credits include Dances of Death (Gate Theatre), Good Grief, Portrait of a Lady and Doll’s House (Bath Theatre Royal), The Talented Mr Ripley (Theatre Royal Northampton), Comedy of Errors (Regents Park Open Air Theatre, Summer and Smoke (Apollo Theatre) and Macbeth (RSC). He is also a regular on stage at the Orange Tree Theatre having performed in The Man Who Pays the Piper, The Stepmother, The Conspirators, The Promise and Alison’s House.

Perhaps best known for his recurring role as DI Mike Burden in The Ruth Rendell Mysteries, Ravenscroft’s other television credits include The Shell Seekers, Mile High and The Courtroom. He has also appeared in the films The Man Who Knew Infinity, The Football Factory and Henry IV.

Jeff Rawle most recently starred as Dennis Thatcher/Ronald Reagan and others in Moira Buffini’s Handbagged (West End and Tricycle). For the National Theatre, he has appeared in Cocktail Sticks, The Power of Yes, Fram and Noises Off (also Tour and West End). His other theatre credits include King of Hearts (Out of Joint), Bottle Universe (Bush Theatre), Way to Heaven (Royal Court), Releevo (Soho Poly Theatre), Excellent Choice (Eye Saw Theatre) and Butley (Fortune Theatre).

Rawle’s screen credits include The Redistributors, Trimming Pablo, Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire, The Outcast, 88 Keys, You, Me and Them, Heading Out, Hollyoaks and Midsommer Murders.

High Society, based on the play The Philadelphia Story by Philip Barry and the Turner Entertainment Co. motion picture starring Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly and Frank Sinatra, is directed by Maria Friedman.

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