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The Nightmares of Carlos Fuentes - full casting announced

Casting news

FULL casting has been announced for Rashid Razaq’s new play, The Nightmares of Carlos Fuentes, which runs at the Arcola Theatre from July 23 to August 16, 2014.

Joining the previously announced Nabil Elouahabi (Carlos Fuentes) are Caroline Langrishe (Lydia King), Sara Bahadori (Case Worker/Sahar Husain) and Selva Rasalingam (Kevin/Khaled Al Hamrani).

Salim, an Iraqi refugee, takes on a new identity (Carlos Fuentes) in London after fleeing persecution in Baghdad. He is picked up, and marries a wealthy older woman, who enthusiastically coaches him in the bedroom for his forthcoming citizenship test.

But Carlos Fuentes finds that knowing the names of all six of Henry VIII’s wives can neither satisfy his new wife nor turn him into a “Britishman”.

The nightmare of the violence of his past catches up with him, and suddenly he is at the airport, accompanied by a G4 security guard, waiting for a plane to take him back to Baghdad.

Sara Bahadori’s theatre credits include The Worm Collector (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Soul Destroying Finger Food (The Old Red Lion) and Click (Riverside Studios). On screen, she has appeared in Coronation Street, Waterloo Road, The Royal Today and Doctors.

Caroline Langrishe’s numerous theatre credits include The Memory of Water (New Vic Theatre/Stephen Joseph Theatre), Country (Southwark Playhouse), Hay Fever (Chichester Festival Theatre), Private Lives (Windsor Theatre Royal), Murderer (Menier Chocolate Factory), ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore (Young Vic), Twelfth Night (Riverside Studios), Present Laughter (Wyndham’s Theatre), The Philanderer (Hampstead Theatre) and A Month in the Country, Don Juan, Much Ado about Nothing and Danton’s Death (National Theatre).

On television, Langrishe is best known as Charlotte Cavendish in Lovejoy, Georgina Channing in Judge John Deed and Marilyn Fox in Casualty. Her other screen credits include Death in Paradise, The Case, Outnumbered, Pete Versus Life, Midsomer Murders, Wuthering Heights, Anna Karenina, Parting Shots, Crimetime, Twelfth Night, Hawks, Cleopatra, Dead Man’s Folly, A Christmas Carol, Les Miserables and Mistral’s Daughter.

Selva Rasalingam’s theatre credits include the award-winning The Riots (Tricycle Theatre), Eden’s Empire (Finborough Theatre), Guantanamo: Honor Bound to Defend Freedom (New Ambassadors Theatre/Tricycle Theatre) and Midnight’s Children (RSC/US Tour). His screen work includes Skyfall, Man About Dog, Anita and Me, Casualty, Doctor Who, The Borgias, Hustle, Luther, Coronation Street, Waking the Dead, The Bill and Bad Girls.

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