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The Passing of the Third Floor Back - casting announced

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

CASTING has been announced for Jerome K. Jerome’s The Passing of the Third Floor Back, which runs at the Finborough Theatre from Tuesday, November 28 to Friday, December 22, 2017.

The line up includes Benjamin Chandler (as Harry Larkom), Ella Dunlop (Stasia), Alexander Knox (Stranger), Anna Mottram (Mrs Sharpe), Paddy Navin (Miss Kite), Graham Pountney (Major Tompkins), Claire Redcliffe (Vivian Tompkins), Carmen Rodriguez (Mrs Percival De Hooley), Richard Stirling (Alick McGillivray), Caroline Wildi (Mrs Tompkins), Matthew Winters (Christopher Penny) and Edward Wolstenholme (Joey Wright).

Previously Posted: In a new production commissioned by the Finborough Theatre, a unique rediscovery of The Passing of the Third Floor Back by Jerome K. Jerome, author of Three Men in a Boat, runs at the Finborough Theatre for a four week limited season – from Tuesday, November 28 to Friday, December 22, 2017.

Who are you? I know your voice. I hear it in the wind. I hear it in the silence of the night. Who…Who are you?

Christmas in London, 1907. Mrs. Sharpe’s squalid Bloomsbury boarding house plays host to some unscrupulous residents. Vivian is being forced to marry a man she doesn’t love, Harry’s musical career is a laughing-stock, Jape is plotting to swindle the next man he meets, while Stasia, the maid, has almost been forgotten.

So their lives go on, until the sudden arrival of a mysterious stranger in search of a room…

Described by its author as “an idle fancy”, the mystical and mysterious The Passing of the Third Floor Back was one of the longest running West End and Broadway hits of its time. The original stage production and silent film version starred the greatest Hamlet of his day – Sir Johnson Forbes-Robertson. In 1935, it was adapted for film again to great acclaim, starring silent screen icon Conrad Veidt (The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari).

Jerome K. Jerome (1859-1927) was both novelist and playwright. He remains best known for his 1889 comic travelogue Three Men in a Boat. Depicting three men on a two-week boating holiday along the River Thames, it’s never been out of print since its publication. It continues to be popular to the present day, with The Guardian ranking it No. 33 of The 100 Greatest Novels of All Time in 2003, and no. 25 in 2015, and Esquire ranking it No. 2 in the 50 Funniest Books Ever in 2009.

He also established himself as a playwright on both sides of the Atlantic, writing for a long list of prominent players. The Passing of the Third Floor Back, his first serious play, drew upon his early life experiences of living in a variety of dingy London lodgings. Other notable works include Three Men on the Bummel, On the Stage—and Off, Idle Thoughts of an Idle Fellow and his autobiographical novel Paul Kelver.

Presented by NorthSEE Theatre in association with Neil McPherson for the Finborough Theatre, The Passing of the Third Floor Back is directed by Jonny Kelly, who returns to the Finborough Theatre following his sell out production of Michael Healey’s Proud in 2016. As co-founder of NorthSEE Theatre, he has recently directed Hyem (Theatre503 and Northern Stage). He was also Assistant Director on both The Hard Man and Unscorched at the Finborough Theatre.

Also at the Finborough Theatre: the European premiere of a new play by the acclaimed American playwright Keith Bunin in his UK debut, The Busy World is Hushed (until November 25) and Quaint Honour by Roger Gellert (until November 21, 2017).

For more information or to book tickets, call the box office on 0844 847 1652 or visit