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Red Velvet - full casting announced

Adrian Lester. Photo credit: Hugo Glendinning.

Casting news

FULL casting has been announced for the world premiere of Lolita Chakrabarti’s Red Velvet, which runs at the Tricycle Theatre from October 16 (previews from October 11) to November 24, 2012.

Joining the already announced Adrian Lester (as Ira Aldridge) are Simon Chandler (Bernard/Terence), Rachel Finnegan (Halina/Betty/Margaret), Natasha Gordon (Connie), Ryan Kiggell (Charles), Ferdinand Kingsley (Casmir/Henry), Charlotte Lucas (Ellen), and Eugene O’Hare (Pierre).

In 1833, at the Theatre Royal, Covent Garden, Edmund Kean, the greatest actor of his generation, has collapsed on stage whilst playing Othello. A young black American actor has been asked to take over the role. But, as the public riot in the streets, how will the cast, critics and audience react to the revolution taking place in the theatre?

Red Velvet is based on the true story of Ira Aldridge.

Simon Chandler has previously appeared at the Tricycle Theatre in The Letter of Last Resort, part of the season, The Bomb, and in The Panel, The Lioness and Bloody Wimmin as part of the Women, Power and Politics season. His other theatre credits include Cause Celebre (Old Vic), All Mouth (Menier Chocolate Factory), One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest (Garrick Theatre) and Democracy (Wyndham’s Theatre).

His screen work includes The Politician’s Husband, Vera, Land Girls, Judge John Deed, Fast Girls, The Iron Lady and The King’s Speech.

Rachel Finnegan’s previous stage credits include Tartuffe and The Oresteia (York Theatre Royal), The Trial (Southwark Playhouse), Bensalem B&B (Punchdrunk) and Volpone (Edinburgh Fringe).

Natasha Gordon’s stage credits include Mules (Young Vic Studio), The Exception and the Rule (Young Vic), As You Like It, The Tamer Tamed and Cymbeline (Royal Shakespeare Company), Inside Out (Arcola Theatre), Clubland (Royal Court Theatre) and Arabian Nights (Young Vic/Tour).

She has appeared on screen in Secrets and Words, Little Miss Jocelyn and The Bill.

Ryan Kiggell’s stage credits include Kaspar (Southwark Playhouse), A Voyage Around My Father (Salisbury Playhouse), Macbeth (Cheek by Jowl), The Importance of Being Earnest (Open Air Theatre, Regent’s Park), Troilus and Cressida (Cheek by Jowel/Tour/Barbican), Amy’s View and You Can Never Tell (Theatre Royal, Bath/Garrick Theatre) and King Lear (Stratford Upon Avon/Young Vic).

His screen work includes Atonement, Glorious 39 and Trial and Retribution – Series XI, XIII and XV.

Ferdinand Kingsley has previously appeared on stage in The York Mystery Plays (York Theatre Royal), King James Bible, Hamlet and Welcome To Thebes (National Theatre), The Winter’s Tale (Headlong) and Troilus and Cressida, Little Eyolf and Romeo and Juliet (Royal Shakespeare Company).

His screen credits include Ripper St, Richard II and The Last Legion.

Charlotte Lucas has previously appeared at the Tricycle Theatre in Called to Account, Darfur: How Long is Never? and Fabulation. Her other theatre credits include Posh (Duke of York’s Theatre), The Changeling (Young Vic), Yes, Prime Minister and World’s End (Trafalgar Studios) and Fast Labour (West Yorkshire Playhouse/Hampstead Theatre).

Her screen credits include Not Going Out, Down to Earth, Clean Skin, Harmony, These Foolish Things and Bad Girls.

Eugene O’Hare’s stage credits include Our Private Life (Royal Court Theatre), Translations (National Theatre), Talent (Menier Chocolate Factory), Observe The Sons of Ulster Marching Towards The Somme (Abbey Theatre/Hampstead Theatre), Riff Raff (Arcola Theatre) and A Moon For The Misbegotten (Old Vic/Broadway).

O’Hare has appeared on screen in The Fall, Black Mirror, Nothing Personal, Prometheus and Waking The Dead.

Red Velvet is Indhu Rubasingham’s debut production as Artistic Director of the Tricycle Theatre,

Read more about Red Velvet.