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The Winslow Boy - Henry Goodman joins cast

Henry Goodman in Duet for One. Photo credit: John Haynes.

Casting news

HENRY Goodman will play the role of Arthur Winslow in Terence Rattigan’s The Winslow Boy, which runs at the Old Vic from March 19 (previews from March 8) to May 25, 2013.

Directed by Lindsay Posner, Rattigan’s compelling play is based on the true story of a father’s fight to clear his son’s name when he is expelled from Naval College after being convicted of theft.

First staged in 1946, The Winslow Boy portrays the battle between personal principles and conscience and an impenetrable establishment under the media.

Henry Goodman was most recently on stage playing the title role in The Resistible Rise of Arturo Uri at Chichester Festival Theatre. His other numerous theatre credits include Yes, Prime Minister (Chichester Festival Theatre/West End), Duet for One (Almeida Theatre/West End), Fiddler on the Roof (Sheffield Crucible/West End), The Gondoliers (ENO), Feelgood (Hampstead Theatre/West End), The Hypochondriac (Almeida Theatre), Chicago (Adelphi Theatre), Art and Hysteria (Royal Court/ West End/on tour) and Assassins (Donmar Warehouse).

He has also worked extensively for the RSC – in Richard III (title role), They Shoot Horses Don’t They, The Comedy of Errors, Volpone and Henry VIII. And his National Theatre credits include The Merchant of Venice (as Shylock), Metropolis Kabaret, Summerfolk, Guys and Dolls, Angels in America, Pericles and After the Fall.

His equally numerous screen credits include Yes, Prime Minister, Nixon’s The One, Damned United, Churchill, Colour Me Kubrick, Notting Hill, Mary Reilly, The Mayor of Casterbridge, Foyle’s War and Cold Lazarus.

For his work, Goodman has been nominated for Olivier, Evening Standard, TMA and Critics’ Circle Awards.

Lindsay Posner was Associate Director at the Royal Court Theatre from 1987 to 1992 where his production of Death and The Maiden won two Olivier Awards.

His other theatre credits include Butley (Duchess Theatre), An Ideal Husband (Vaudeville Theatre), Fool For Love and A Life in the Theatre (Apollo Theatre), Arthur Miller’s A View From The Bridge (Duke of York’s Theatre) which was nominated for four Olivier Awards, Carousel (Savoy Theatre), Fiddler on The Roof (Sheffield and Savoy Theatres), House of Games, Tom and Viv, The Hypochondriac and Romance (Almeida Theatre), the world premiere of Power and Tartuffe (National Theatre), Twelfth Night, Volpone and The Rivals (RSC), Abigail’s Party (Menier Chocolate Factory) and most recently Uncle Vanya (Vaudeville Theatre).

His production of Noises Off (Old Vic/Novello Theatre) will tour the UK and Ireland from March 27, 2013.

Born in 1911, Terence Rattigan became one of Britain’s most important dramatists. His other plays include French Without Tears, After the Dance, Flare Path, The Browning Version, The Deep Blue Sea and Separate Tables. Several were adapted for film and television.

Further casting for The Winslow Boy will be announced shortly.

The production will be designed by Peter McKintosh, with lighting by Tim Mitchell, music by Michael Bruce and sound by Fergus O’Hare.