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The Herd - Bush Theatre

Theatre preview

CASTING has been announced for The Herd, award-winning actor Rory Kinnear’s debut play, which runs at the Bush Theatre from September 18 (previews from September 13) to October 26, 2013.

The line up includes Adrian Bower, Louise Brealey, Anna Calder Marshall, Kenneth Cranham, Adrian Rawlins and Amanda Root.

It’s Andy Griffith’s 21st Birthday. Not that he’s counting. But his mother Carol is. Counting the minutes until he arrives, counting the unexpected guests, counting the times that this has happened before.

The Herd is described as a witty and heartfelt look at family life when it doesn’t turn out quite the way you imagined.

Although probably best known for his TV appearances in Rev, Harry and Paul, Teachers and Gimme Gimme Gimme, Adrian Bower’s stage credits include Elling (Bush Theatre), Ordinary Dreams (Trafalgar Studios), The Hotel In Amsterdam (Donmar Warehouse) and Hedda (Gate Theatre).

Louise Brealey’s recent stage work includes The Trojan Women (Gate Theatre), Birthday (Royal Court Theatre), Sixty-Six Books (Bush Theatre) and The Government Inspector (Young Vic). She has also appeared on screen in Sherlock (TV) and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (film).

Anna Calder Marshall’s numerous theatre credits include In the Republic of Happiness (Royal Court Theatre), Salt, Root and Roe (2011 Donmar Trafalgar Season), A Kind of Alaska (Gate Theatre), Comfort Me with Apples (Hampstead Theatre), Humble Boy (Gielgud Theatre) and The Philistines (RSC). Her screen work includes Poirot, Midsomer Murders and Dalziel And Pascoe.

In a career spanning more than 30 years, Kenneth Cranham has worked in film, television and theatre. He has appeared extensively at the National Theatre – in The Novice, School for Scandal, The Cherry Orchard, The UN Inspector and An Inspector Calls (which transferred to the West End and Broadway) – and with the Royal Shakespeare Company. His other West End credits include Entertaining Mr Sloane and Loot. However, he is probably best known for his screen appearances, most famously starring in the title role of the 1980’s series Shine On Harvey Moon.

Adrian Rawlins’ theatre credits include The Miser and A View From The Bridge (National Theatre) and The Glass Menagerie (Manchester Royal Exchange). As well as playing Harry Potter’s late father in the hugely successful film series, he has appeared on television in Silent Witness, Father Brown, Mrs Biggs and many more.

Amanda Root’s recent theatre work includes Jumpy (Royal Court Theatre and West End) and The Norman Conquests (Old Vic and Broadway) for which she received a Tony Award nomination. Her screen credits include The Forsyte Saga, Foyle’s War, Mortimer’s Law and A Touch Of Frost (TV); The Iron Lady, Persuasion and Jane Eyre (film).

Rory Kinnear, currently playing Iago in the National Theatre’s production of Othello, has also appeared at the venue in Hamlet, The Revenger’s Tragedy and The Man of Mode. He has also appeared in the feature films Skyfall and Broken.

The Herd re-unites Kinnear with multi-award winning theatre director Howard Davies following The Last of the Haussmans and Burnt By The Sun, also at the National Theatre.