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The Silence of the Sea - casting announced

The Silence of the Sea

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

CASTING has been announced for Anthony Weigh’s new version of Vercors’ The Silence of the Sea. The third production in the Donmar’s final Trafalgar season, it runs at Trafalgar Studios from January 14 (previews from January 10) to February 2, 2013.

The line up includes Leo Bill, Simona Bitmaté and Finbar Lynch.

Leo Bill’s theatre credits include Posh (Royal Court and Duke of York’s Theatre), The Way of the World (Sheffield Crucible), School for Scandal (Barbican) and Pains of Youth, The Observer, The Hothouse and The Reporter (National Theatre).

Simona Bitmaté, who graduated from the Central School of Speech and Drama in 2010, played Chacha in You Always Forget Something (Arcola Theatre) and has appeared in Under a Foreign Sky (Unicorn Theatre and on tour).

Finbar Lynch’s previous work for the Donmar includes Hecuba, The Green Fields Beyond, Fool for Love and Translations. His theatre work elsewhere includes Desire Under the Elms (Lyric Hammersmith), The Duchess of Malfi (Old Vic) plus numerous appearances at the RSC, National Theatre and in the West End.

The Silence of the Sea is directed by Simon Evans, who finished his RAD placement earlier this year.

In a time of conflict, a soldier (Bill) is billeted to the home of an old man (Lynch) and his niece (Bitmaté). Powerless to turn him away, they resist him with silence – a silence that becomes their most potent weapon.

Described as an exquisitely constructed human drama, The Silence of the Sea examines an excruciating dilemma faced by both the occupier and the occupied, with Donmar Associate Artist Anthony Weigh casting new light on Vercors’ testament to the enduring power of the human spirit.

Written in 1942, the book was published secretly in Nazi-occupied Paris and quickly became a symbol of mental resistance against German occupiers.

The Silence of the Sea is designed by Ben Stones, with lighting by David Plater and sound by Gregory Clarke.