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Passion Play - last chance to see

Casting news

PETER Nichols’ provocative comedy Passion Play, directed by David Leveaux and with a cast that includes Zoë Wanamaker, Owen Teale, Samantha Bond, Oliver Cotton, Sian Thomas and Annabel Scholey, will end its scheduled run at the Duke of York’s Theatre on Saturday, August 3, 2013.

It will be followed by Carrie Cracknell’s critically acclaimed Young Vic production of A Doll’s House, which runs from August 14 (previews from August 8) to October 26, 2013.

Previously Posted: Full casting has been announced for Passion Play, Peter Nichols’ provocative comedy about sex, love and infidelity, which runs at the Duke of York’s Theatre from May 7 (previews from May 1) to August 3, 2013.

Joining Zoë Wanamaker are Owen Teale (as James), Samantha Bond (Nell, Eleanor’s alter-ego), Oliver Cotton (Jim, James’ alter-ego), Annabel Scholey (Kate) and Sian Thomas (Agnes). David Leveaux directs.

Comfortably married for 25 years, James and Eleanor’s world is turned upside down when her husband begins an affair with their young friend Kate. As the lies mount up, the marriage is stripped bare, revealing illicit desires and hidden passions.

Described as a potent mix of desire, intimacy and deception, this modern classic and winner of the Evening Standard Award for Best Play is making a much-anticipated return to the West End.

Owen Teale, who can currently be seen on stage in A Time to Reap at the Royal Court, won a Tony Award for Best Featured Artist for his performance in A Doll’s House (West End/Broadway). His recent theatre credits include The Country (Royal Court Theatre), Creditors (Donmar Warehouse/Brooklyn Academy), The Dance of Death (Lyric Theatre, West End/Sydney Festival) and Ivanov and Berenice (National Theatre). He has also worked extensively for the RSC – in Love’s Labour’s Lost, The Merchant of Venice, King Lear, Julius Caesar and Henry IV Part I.

His screen work includes Stella, Line of Duty, Game of Thrones and Kidnap and Ransom (TV); The Last Legion, King Arthur, Conspiracy and Robin Hood (film).

Samantha Bond’s extensive West End credits include leading roles in What The Butler Saw and An Ideal Husband (Vaudeville Theatre), Michael Frayn’s Donkey’s Years (Comedy Theatre), Oscar Wilde’s A Woman of No Importance (Theatre Royal Haymarket), Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia (Duke of York’s Theatre), Macbeth (Albery Theatre), Three Tall Women (Wyndham’s Theatre) and Shelagh Stephenson’s Memory of Water, which Bond subsequently directed on tour.

She also starred opposite Judi Dench in David Hare’s award-winning Amy’s View at the National Theatre and was subsequently nominated for a Tony Award when the production transferred to Broadway.

Although Bond is perhaps best known for her role as Miss Moneypenny in the James Bond films, she has also appeared on screen in Outnumbered (as Aunty Angela), Downton Abbey (Lady Rosamund), Distant Shores, Midsomer Murders, Inspector Lynley, Mansfield Park, Emma and Miss Marple (TV); Bunch of Amateurs opposite Burt Reynolds (film).

Oliver Cotton’s extensive theatre credits include An Ideal Husband (Lyric Theatre), Benefactors (Vaudeville Theatre), The Homecoming (Garrick Theatre), Butterfly Kiss (Almeida Theatre), Richard II, A Flea in Her Ear and The Philadelphia Story (Old Vic), The Syndicate (Chichester/tour), Twelfth Night and Henry IV Parts I and II (Shakespeare’s Globe) and Captain Oates’ Left Sock and The Local Stigmatic (Royal Court Theatre).

His other theatre work includes The Royal Hunt of the Sun, Summerfolk, Money, The Crucible, Despatches, The World Turned Upside Down and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (National Theatre) and Richard III, Edward IV and Henry VI (RSC).

On screen, Cotton has appeared in Money, Margaret, Hotel Babylon, Judge John Deed, Waking the Dead, The Commander, The Camomile Lawn, and most recntly, Ripper Street (TV); The Dark Knight Rises, Bone Hunter, Shanghai Knights and The Dancer Upstairs (film).

Annabel Scholey’s theatre credits include Antigone (National Theatre), Lady Anne in Richard III with Kevin Spacey in the title role (Old Vic/BAM/World Tour), The Rivals (Theatre Royal Haymarket/UK Tour), Charley’s Aunt (Royal Exchange Manchester), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Rose Theatre, Kingston), The House of Special Purpose and Wallenstein (Chichester Festival Theatre), Hamlet and The Taming of the Shrew (Bristol Tobacco Factory), Hobson’s Choice (Chichester Festival Theatre/UK Tour), The Cherry Orchard (Sheffield Crucible), Troilus and Cressida (RSC/Kings Theatre/Edinburgh International Festival) and The Real Thing (Theatre Royal Bath/UK Tour).

Scholey’s screen work includes Personal Affairs, Being Human, Jane Eyre, EastEnders, Holby City and Poirot: After the Funeral (TV); Light and Meeting Anna (film).

Sian Thomas’ theatre work includes Blue Heart Afternoon and The Glass Room (Hampstead Theatre), Richard II (Donmar Warehouse), Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf (Northern Stage/Sheffield Crucible), Spring Awakening (Lyric Hammersmith/West End), Small Craft Warnings (Arcola Theatre), Macbeth and Hamlet (RSC/Albery Theatre), The Price (Apollo/Tricycle Theatres), Feelgood (Hampstead/Garrick Theatres), King Lear (RSC) and Richard III (RSC/Savoy Theatre).

Thomas’ credits for the National Theatre include Fram, The Way Of The World, Mountain Giants, Sleep With Me and House And Garden. She has been awarded Best Actress by What’s On Stage, Martini TMA and the Critics’ Award for Theatre in Scotland, as well as an Olivier Nomination for Best Comedy Performance in Countrymania.

On screen, she has appeared in Merlin, Ruby in The Smoke, Thinspiration and Lewis (TV); Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Perfume, Vanity Fair and Prick Up Your Ears (film).

Passion Play has set design by Hildegard Bechtler, costume design by Laura Hopkins, lighting by Mark Henderson and sound by Fergus O’Hare.

Read more about Passion Play.

The Judas Kiss continues at the Duke of York’s Theatre until April 6, 2013.