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Stephen Frost and Suanne Braun lead the cast of Fanatical at The Playground Theatre

Casting news

CASTING has been announced for Matt Board and Reina Hardy’s Fanatical, which receives its world premiere at The Playground Theatre from November 8 to December 9, 2018.

Suanne Braun (Stargate, Red Dwarf, Mamma Mia!, Cabaret) is joined by comedy star Stephen Frost (Whose Line Is It Anyway?, Blackadder, Have I Got News For You, Mr Bean) and Sophie Powles (Emmerdale, Britannia High, Holby City, Rehearsal for Murder national tour).

They in turn are joined by Tim Rogers (Hal Prince’s Showboat, Pirates Of Penzance – The Savoy Theatre, national tour of Jesus Christ Superstar), actress and theatre vlogger Amy Lovatt, Amber Sylvia Edwards (20th Century Boy), Eddy Payne (Two Noble Kinsmen, Guildford Shakespeare Company, Baby Come Back, Leicester Square Theatre), and the songwriter and actor Theo Crosby.

In a distant Galaxy, the ragtag misfit crew of cargo ship Angel 8 are under the command of fearless pilot Iris Aucht.

Meanwhile, at a conference centre, somewhere in England, a ragtag misfit collection of 1,000 fans gather from all across the UK for Eight Con One, the first ever official convention of the cult TV show Angel 8.

Angel 8 started as a comic created by reclusive British Sci-fi author Scott Furnish. Its first TV outing ended on a shocking cliffhanger. With eager anticipation at the promise of a second series, these enthusiastic devotees have come together to celebrate their beloved series and to meet Scott face-to-face and hear his keynote speech.

Fanatical tells the suspenseful, comic, and affecting tale about being true to oneself, finding love against the odds, and snatching triumph from the jaws of disaster – proving that no power in the universe can keep a story from its fans.

Fanatical is part of The Playground Theatre’s Autumn season which also includes the world premiere of James Purdy’s The Paradise Circus (October 8 to November 3) and Mary Rodgers’ and Marshall Barer’s Once Upon a Mattress directed by Alex Pearson and Grace Wessels (December 18 to January 19).

Read more about Fanatical.

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