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Sons Without Fathers - casting announced

Sons Without Fathers

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

CASTING has been announced for Sons Without Fathers, a new modern version of Anton Chekhov’s Platonov, which runs at the Arcola Theatre from May 10 (previews from May 8) to June 15, 2013.

Playing Platonov will be Jack Laskey, whose most recent stage credits include I am the Wind and Sweet Nothings for the Young Vic. He has also appeared in numerous productions for the RSC including The Tragedy of Thomas Hobbes, The Merchant of Venice and The Taming of The Shrew. In 2009, he received an Ian Charleson Award for his role as Orlando in As You Like It at Shakespeare’s Globe.

Sophia will be played by Marianne Oldham, who returns to the Arcola following her acclaimed role as Yelena in Uncle Vanya in 2011. Her other stage credits include You Can Still Make a Killing (Southwark Playhouse) and Design for Living (Salisbury Playhouse).

Completing the cast will be Susie Trayling (King John, RSC, The Constant Wife, Salisbury Playhouse), Simon Scardifield (Propeller, The Double, Theatre Royal, Bath), Amy McAllister (The Man On Her Mind, Charing Cross Theatre), Tom Canton (The Picture of Dorian Gray, Abbey Theatre, Dublin), Oliver Hoare (Antony and Cleopatra, Chichester Festival Theatre, The Beggar’s Opera, Open Air Theatre, Regent’s Park), Jade Williams (In Basildon, Royal Court, Doctor Faustus, Shakespeare’s Globe) and Mark Jax (King John and A Soldier in Every Son, RSC).

Previously Posted: Sons Without Fathers, a new modern version of Anton Chekhov’s Platonov, runs at the Arcola Theatre from May 10 (previews from May 8) to June 15, 2013.

Presented by Belgrade Theatre, Arcola Theatre and KP Productions and adapted and directed by Helena Kaut-Howson, Sons Without Fathers is a study of sex, vodka and shattered dreams.

Village school teacher Platonov is a man who is loved by women. Despite his best intentions, he is drawn into a series of extra-marital affairs that all hold the promise of escape from the provincial Russian reality where he and his circle of friends are trapped.

Consumed by bitterness and disappointment, they attempt to fill their lives with sex and vodka, blaming their fathers for the mess they’ve been left in.

At once brilliantly comic, brutal and tragic, Sons Without Fathers shines a light on this group of disaffected thirty-somethings – too old to move with the times, and too young to let go of their dreams.

Sons Without Fathers is designed by Iona McLeish, with lighting by Alex Wardle and sound by Paul Bull. Music composition is by Boleslaw Rawski. Casting will be announced shortly.

Sons Without Fathers (Platonov) reunites the creative team behind the Belgrade and Arcola’s acclaimed co-production of Uncle Vanya in 2011.

Tickets and Times: Monday to Saturday evenings at 7.30pm – £18, £14 concessions. Opening performances (May 8 to May 13, including Saturday, May 11 at 2:30pm) – all tickets £14. Saturday matinees at 2:30pm (May 18 and 25; and June 1, 8 and 15) – £16, £12 concessions. Available from the box office on 020 7503 1646 or online at

Also at the Arcola Theatre: Sebastian Armesto’s stage adaptation of Herman Melville’s novel Moby-Dick and The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari.