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Socrates and his Clouds - casting announced

Socrates and his Clouds

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

CASTING has been announced for Socrates and his Clouds, which runs at Jermyn Street Theatre from June 6 (previews from June 4) to June 22, 2013.

The line up includes Alexander Andreou (National Theatre, Manchester Royal Exchange) as Socrates; Paul Hutton (Mack and Mabel, Southwark Playhouse) as Strepsiades; and Jack Montgomery (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Mary Poppins), as Phidippides.

This modern day re-interpretation of a classic Greek comedy will also feature Riana Athanasiou, Lucyelle Cliffe and Rahil Liapopoulou as The Chorus.

Previously Posted: Written by William Lyons, inspired by Aristophanes, the world premiere of Socrates and his Clouds runs at Jermyn Street Theatre from June 6 (previews from June 4) to June 22, 2013.

Greece … Europe … A nation and a continent in crisis … money always comes first and people are left to deal with the rest.

Into the arena steps Strepsiades. He owes money. A lot of money. And that’s because his son, Phiddy, has a penchant for betting and isn’t so keen on working. Streps has no way out. At a loss, he has a brainwave: Phiddy can go to Socrates’ Academy!

There he can learn the ways of the world, how things work and most of all how to talk himself out of trouble! The perfect solution to a terrible problem. Job done! What could possibly go wrong? …

Described as Aristophanes meets comic strip, Socrates and his Clouds is a bawdy, slapstick tale of what happens when ethics and education aren’t part of the equation in a society where money makes the rules. Suffused with song and dance, the work is an exuberant but piercing study of the ways in which education and morality define a society in crisis.

Socrates and his Clouds is brought to the stage by a team of young, emerging Greek-Cypriot and Greek theatre makers in collaboration with other international artists. At a time when Greece and Cyprus are coming under unrelenting attack on all fronts, this production acts as an active dialogue between the ancient heritage of the Hellenistic world and contemporary Greek and European cultures.

The production is directed by Melina Theocharidou, whose credits include the UK premiere of Pamela! The Musical (Lost Theatre One Act Festival), and the world premieres of Elle A Live and Unplugged (Shaw Theatre and The Hospital Club in London and Södra Teatern in Stockholm), Princess (Camden Fringe Festival and STOFF in Stockholm), Enarxis (Satiriko Theatre in Cyprus), Dream (Theatre Underground at Brunel Museum) and Red in the Forest (Poetry Cafe, Covent Garden).

William Lyons’ play Wittgenstein – The Crooked Roads won the START Chapbooks Award 2005 and was presented at Riverside Studios in 2011. Its companion piece, The Fir Tree and the Ivy, won the Eamon Keane Full Length Play Award in 2006 and has been translated into Italian as L’Edera e l’Abete.

Presented by The Meddlers Theatre Company, Socrates and his Clouds is designed by Katerina Angelopoulou.

Tickets: £18, £15 concessions and groups. Early Bird Discount £14 (if booked before May 1). Available from the box office on 0207 287 2875 or online at www.jermynstreettheatre.co.uk/.

Times: Tuesday to Saturday at 7.30pm, Saturday and Sunday matinees at 3.30pm. Extra matinees June 13 and 20 at 3.30pm.

The Living Room, starring Christopher Timothy, continues at Jermyn Street Theatre until March 30, 2013. It will be followed by Frederick Lonsdale’s comedy of manners, On Approval (April 9 to May 4) and Alexander Marshall And In The End – The Death and Life of John Lennon (May 7 to June 1).