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The Turn of the Screw - casting announced

Almeida Theatre

Casting news

CASTING has been announced for Rebecca Lenkiewicz’ new stage adaptation of Henry James’ The Turn of the Screw, which runs at the Almeida Theatre from January 24 (previews from January 18) to March 16, 2013.

The line up includes Caroline Bartleet (a woman), Laurence Belcher (Miles), Eoin Geoghegan (a man), Gemma Jones (Mrs. Grose), Anna Madeley (The Governess), Orlando Wells (Sackville) and Isabella Blake, Emilia Jones and Lucy Morton who will alternate the role of Flora.

Miss Jessel is dead. A new governess arrives at a remote estate in Bly to care for Miles and Flora. Wild but angelic they charm their guardian with flowers, poetry and song.

But as she grows to love her two wards, figures appear in the darkness outside and the corners of the house are haunted by those that have gone before. The Governess must confront her fear and protect the children from the alarming dangers that surround them.

Caroline Bartleet’s theatre credits include Look Back in Anger (New Wimbledon Theatre), The Circle Game (Old Vic New Voices), Arcadia (Library Theatre) and 1984 (Royal Exchange Theatre). She can soon be seen in the film Song for Marion.

Laurence Belcher, who made his theatre debut in Alan Bennett’s The Habit of Art (National Theatre), has also appeared on stage in The Late Middle Classes (Donmar Warehouse), Mary Poppins (Prince Edward Theatre) and Scrooge (London Palladium). On screen, his credits include Young Kazran in Doctor Who: A Christmas Carol, Gracie! and Little Doritt (TV); the young Charles Xavier in X-Men: First Class, Shadow Within and Messengers 2: The Scarecrow (film). He will soon be seen playing Prince William in Diana.

Isabella Blake’s television credits include an adaptation of David Walliams’ book Mr Stink and the role of Violet Elizabeth in Just William, both for the BBC. On film she has been seen in Johnny English Reborn, Rise of the Guardians, Let Me Survive and Little Glory.

Eoin Geoghegan’s theatre credits include Autumn Fire (Finborough Theatre) and Translations and Bash (Decadent Theatre Company). On television, he has appeared in Call the Midwife, Body and Soul, The Passion and City of Vice.

Emilia Jones made her theatrical debut playing the part of Young Fiona in the original cast of Shrek the Musical at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. Her screen work includes One Day and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (film); House of Anubis, Utopia, a new drama series written by Dennis Kelly for Channel 4 and Doctor Who (TV).

Award-winning Gemma Jones has worked extensively in theatre, film and television and has previously been seen at the Almeida Theatre in Dance of Death. Her other theatre credits include Richard III (part of the Old Vic Bridge Project), Family Reunion (Donmar Warehouse), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Lyric Theatre) and The Glass Menagerie and Much Ado About Nothing (Chichester Festival Theatre).

Her screen credits include The Typist, Ballet Shoes, Spooks, Trial and Retribution, Midsomer Murders and Longitude (TV); Hysteria, Sense and Sensibility, Madam Pomfrey in the Harry Potter series and Pam Jones in Bridget Jones’ Diary (film).

Anna Madeley, who was last at the Almeida in Becky Shaw, has also appeared on stage in Richard Eyre’s Broadway production of Private Lives, the National Theatre’s productions of Earthquakes in London and Coram Boy, as well as Contractions and Ladybird (Royal Court), The Philanthropist and The Cosmonaut’s Last Message (Donmar Warehouse) and Roman Actor and The Malcontent (Royal Shakespeare Company).

Her many screen credits include Secret State, Utopia, The Reckoning, Waking The Dead and The Secret Life of Mrs Beeton (TV); Strawberry Fields, Coup, Brideshead Revisited and In Bruges (film).

Lucy Morton studies dancing and singing as well as drama. Next year, she can be seen in the short film, Binky.

Orlando Wells’ theatre credits include The Woman in Black (Fortune Theatre), Katrina (The Jericho House), The History Boys (National Theatre), Pirandello’s Henry IV (Donmar Warehouse) and Midsummer Night’s Dream, Othello and Antony and Cleopatra (Royal Shakespeare Company).

His screen credits include A Very British Sex Scandal, Nowhere Left to Hide, The Marchioness Disaster, Mosley and As If (TV); The King’s Speech, Wilde and Maurice (film).

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