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Other Desert Cities - full cast announced

Casting news

THE FULL cast has been announced for the UK premiere of Jon Robin Baitz’s acclaimed play Other Desert Cities, directed by Lindsay Posner, which runs at the Old Vic from March 24 (previews from March 13) to May 24, 2014.

Joining the previously announced Sinead Cusack and Clare Higgins (sisters Polly Wyeth and Silda Grauman) are Peter Egan (Lyman Wyeth), Daniel Lapaine (Trip Wyeth) and Martha Plimpton (Brooke Wyeth).

Peter Egan’s theatre work includes Trevor Nunn’s production of Hamlet, Journey’s End (Cambridge Theatre), for which he received the Critics’ Circle Award for Best Actor, Arms and the Man, You Never Can Tell, M Butterfly, Noises Off, Art, The Secret Rapture, John Osborne’s last play, Déjà Vu and most recently, Alan Bennett’s People (National Theatre).

His first television role was as Seth Starkadder in the BBC serialisation of Cold Comfort Farm in 1968. Other television credits include the controversial Granada series Big Breadwinner Hog, the John le Carré dramatisation A Perfect Spy, the hit BBC sitcoms Joint Account and Ever Decreasing Circles, the drama series Lillie (in which he played Oscar Wilde) and Downton Abbey (2012 Christmas Special).

Egan won the BAFTA award for ‘Most Promising Newcomer’ for his role in the film The Hireling. His other film credits include Chariots of Fire (as the Duke of Sutherland), Bean, The I Inside, The Wedding Date and Man to Man.

Other Desert Cities sees Daniel Lapaine return to The Old Vic, where he recently played Eilert Loevborg in Hedda Gabler, opposite Sheridan Smith and Adrian Scarborough. His other theatre credits include Howard Davies’ production of All My Sons (Apollo Theatre), The Dance of Death (Donmar at The Trafalgar) and Scenes from the Back of Beyond and F**king Games (Royal Court Theatre).

His screen work includes Zero Dark Thirty, Dead in Tombstone, Muriel’s Wedding and Double Jeopardy (film); Vexed, Identity, Vera, Black Mirror, Hotel Babylon, Sex the City and Me, Jane Hall and The Good Housekeeping Guide (TV). In 2006, he made his directorial debut with the Australian feature film, 48 Shades of Brown.

Award-winning American actress Martha Plimpton first came to public attention in the 1980’s for roles in films such as The Goonies, Parenthood, Woody Allen’s Another Woman and Running on Empty. She currently stars as Virginia Chance in the FOX television series Raising Hope, which earned her an Emmy Award nomination for ‘Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series’. Other regular television roles include The Good Wife (for which she won the Emmy Award for ‘Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama series’), ER, Grey’s Anatomy and the HBO series How To Make It In America.

Plimpton is also a respected Broadway actress and her recent work includes Top Girls opposite Marisa Tomei (Tony Award nomination for ‘Best Featured Actress’, Drama League Award Nomination for ‘Distinguished Performance’), Coast of Utopia opposite Ethan Hawke and Billy Crudup (Drama Desk and Outer Critics’ Circle awards for ‘Outstanding Featured Actress’, Tony Award Nomination for ‘Best Featured Actress’) and Joe Mantello’s production of the musical Pal Joey (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics’ Circle and Drama League award nominations). Other Desert Cities is to be Plimpton’s London theatre debut.

Other Desert Cities is a fierce and funny drama deftly exploring family politics, love, loss and redemption.

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