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Old Vic's Electra - further casting announced

Kristin Scott Thomas in The English Patient

Casting news

FURTHER casting has been announced for Frank McGuinness’ version of Sophocles’ Electra, which runs at The Old Vic from October 1 (previews from September 22) to December 20, 2014.

Joining the previously announced Kristen Scott Thomas are Amanda Drew (as Chrysothemis), Jack Lowden (Orestes), Diana Quick (Clytemnestra), Golda Rosheuvel, Thalissa Teixeira and Peter Wight.

Director Ian Rickson and Kristin Scott Thomas reunite (Old Times, Betrayal, The Seagull) to bring Sophocles’ tragedy to The Old Vic in the round; while Frank McGuinness delivers a charged adaptation of the classic drama of Electra and Orestes’ revenge on their father’s murderers.

Kristin Scott Thomas’ other theatre credits include Jonathan Kent’s production of As You Desire Me and Michael Blakemore’s production of Three Sisters both for the Playhouse Theatre in London.

Her extensive film credits include Nowhere Boy, Easy Virtue, The Other Boleyn Girl, Gosford Park, The Horse Whisperer, The English Patient, Mission Impossible, Angels and Insects, for which she won the Evening Standard British Film Award for Best Actress, Four Weddings and a Funeral, for which she won a BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a supporting role and the Evening Standard British Film Award for Best Actress, Bel Ami and Salmon Fishing in Yemen.

Amanda Drew is well known on television for her roles in EastEnders (Dr May Wright), Broadchurch (Cate), Southcliffe (Jacqui Whitehead), Life of Crime, Silent Witness and Men Behaving Badly. On stage, she has appeared in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Twelfth Night and John Gabriel Borkman (Nation Theatre), Eastwood Ho!, The Malcontent, The Roman Actor, Jubilee and Love in a Wood (RSC) and Love and Information, Enron, The Stone, Faces in the Crowd and The Ugly One (Royal Court).

Jack Lowden has recently received both the Olivier Award for Best Supporting Actor and the Ian Charleson Award for his role as Oswald in Richard Eyre’s production of Ghosts (Almeida Theatre/Trafalgar Studios). His other stage credits include Eric Liddell in Chariots of Fire (Hampstead Theatre/Gielgud Theatre) and Blachwatch (Barbican and on tour).

Although best know as Lady Julia Flyte in Brideshead Revisited, Diana Quick’s numerous theatre credits include Mother Teresa Is Dead, The Old Neighbourhood, The Sea and King Lear (Royal Court), Hamlet, The Changeling and The Women Pirates (RSC) and A Map of the World, Troilus and Cressida, Plunder and Phaedra Brittanicus (National Theatre).