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Sweet Bird of Youth - Seth Numrich joins cast

Seth Numrich

Casting news

ACCLAIMED Broadway actor Seth Numrich will join Kim Cattrall in Tennessee Williams’ powerful and poetic Sweet Bird of Youth, which runs at the Old Vic from June 12 (previews from June 1) to August 31, 2013.

Joining them will be Owen Roe (as Boss Finley) and Brid Brennan (Aunt Nonnie).

Fleeing the disastrous premiere of her comeback film, Alexandra Del Lago (Cattrall) travels incognito as The Princess Kosmonopolis seeking refuge in drink, drugs and the arms of Chance Wayne (Numrich), an idealistic young dreamer turned gigolo, who is hellbent on achieving his own movie stardom.

Seth Numrich recently received critical acclaim on Broadway for his role in Golden Boy directed by Bartlett Sher (Lincoln Center Theater) and as Albert Narracott in the Lincoln Center Theater’s heralded production of War Horse directed by Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris (Dorothy Loudon Award for Excellence in the Theater, the Outer Critics’ Circle and Drama League Award nominations).

At the age of 16, Numrich became the youngest person ever accepted to The Juilliard School’s theatre department and made his Broadway debut in 2010 opposite Al Pacino in The Merchant of Venice (The Public Theater). Off Broadway, he has appeared in numerous productions: Slipping, Blind, Yosemite (all at the Rattlestick Playwrights Theater), On the Levee (LCT3), Iphigenia 2.0 (Signature Theater), Too Much Memory, Favorites, Break My Face On Your Hand (Rising Phoenix Rep), Gates of Gold (59E59) and Dutch Masters (LAByrinth).

His regional theatre credits include The History Boys, The Cure at Troy, Measure for Measure, Summer and Smoke and, most recently, the West Coast premiere of Slipping in which he reprised the role of Eli. However, Sweet Bird of Youth at The Old Vic marks his London stage debut.

Numrich’s screen credits include Gravity, The Good Wife and the forthcoming period drama (CBS) and will soon appear in the highly-anticipated period drama Turn (TV); Private Romeo and How to Kill a Mockingbird (film).

Owen Roe is one of Ireland’s foremost film, TV and theatre actors, having most recently appeared on stage in King Lear (Abbey Theatre), directed by Selina Cartmell. His other extensive theatre credits include The Plough and the Stars (Abbey Theatre), Brian Friel’s Faith Healer, Catastrophe, Festen, Cat On a Hot Tin Roof, Da and Glengarry Glenross, for which he received an Irish Times Theatre Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor (Gate Theatre, Dublin). In 2011, Roe reprised his role as Hamm in Beckett’s Endgame (US tour).

His screen credits include Prisoners’ Wives (as Brendan O’Connor), Single Handed, Prosperity, Val Falvey TD and Rásaí na Gaillimhe (TV); Michael Collins, Sensation and When Harvey Met Bob (film).

Brid Brennan’s numerous theatre credits include Henry V (Shakespeare’s Globe), The Veil and Pillars Of The Community (National Theatre), Philadelphia Here I Come (Gaiety Theatre), Brendan At The Chelsea (Riverside Studios), Doubt (Abbey Theatre Dublin) and By The Bog Of Cats (Wyndhams Theatre). She also received Olivier Award nominations for her roles in The Little Foxes (Donmar Warehouse) and Rutherford and Son (National Theatre). Brennan also received a Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in Dancing at Lughnasa (Abbey Theatre Dublin/National Theatre/West End/Broadway).

Her other theatre credits include A Kind Of Alaska (Donmar Warehouse/Lincoln Centre NYC), Macbeth (RSC) and The Playboy Of The Western World (Druid Theatre Co, Galway/Donmar Warehouse).

On screen, she has appeared in The Escape Artist, Upstairs Downstairs, South Riding, Little Crackers, Dr Who and Trial & Retribution (TV); Shadow Dancer (Edinburgh International Film Festival Award for Best Performance in a British Feature Film 2012), Topsy Turvy and Dancing At Lughnasa (Ifta Best Actress 1999) (film).

Completing the cast of Sweet Bird of Youth will be Charles Aitken, Michael Begley, Daniel Betts, Ruari Cannon, Emily De Cosimo, Louise Dylan, Kurt Kansley, Sean McConaghy, Katie Meekison, Bryonie Pritchard, Lucy Robinson, Violet Ryder, Ryan Saunders, Alistair Scott, Anthony Taylor, Joe Townley, John Trindle and David Webber.

Sweet Bird of Youth will be directed by Marianne Elliott and designed by Rae Smith, with lighting by Bruno Poet and music and sound by Dan Jones.

Read more about Sweet Bird of Youth.

The Winslow Boy, starring Henry Goodman, continues at the Old Vic until May 25, 2013.