I've already written of my excitement
for the forthcoming Persuasion
and the announcement of the cast hasn't lessened the thrill at all. Lara Rossi
takes on the role of Austen’s heroine Anne alongside Samuel Edward-Cook
as Captain Wentworth. The cast is completed by Geraldine Alexander, Antony Bunsee, Helen Cripps, Cassie Layton, Caroline Moroney, Dorian Simpson
and Arthur Wilson.
Directing them is Jeff James, "one of the UK’s most original young theatre makers", who has adapted and is directing this bold retelling of Jane Austen’s final masterpiece at the Royal Exchange Theatre. Designed by Alex Lowde this contemporary production of Austen’s beautifully crafted novel discards the bonnets and trappings of formal life for a startlingly modern vision of Austen. Developed in collaboration with dramaturg James Yeatman and with sound design from the award-winning Ben and Max Ringham, Persuasion runs from 25 May to 24 June 2017.
Gershwyn Eustache Jnr., Paul Hilton, Peter Hobday, Adelle Leonce, Sarah Malin, Jodie McNee, Hattie Morahan, Kate O’Flynn
and Dickon Tyrrell
have been cast in Alice Birch’s Anatomy of a Suicide
directed by Katie Mitchell. It runs in the Royal Court Jerwood Theatre Downstairs 3 June 2017 – 8 July 2017, with set design by Alex Eales, costume design by Sarah Blenkinsop, lighting by James Farncombe, music by Paul Clark and sound by Melanie Wilson
“My mother always said to Live Big.
Live as much as I could.”
Three generations of women.
For each, the chaos of what has come before brings with it a painful legacy.
“I have Stayed. I have Stayed – I have Stayed for as long as I possibly can.”
To hear Writer Alice Birch and director Katie Mitchell discuss Anatomy of a Suicide (and reveal HUGE production spoilers!) see below
Anatomy of a Suicide is part of the Royal Court’s Jerwood New Playwrights programme, supported by Jerwood Charitable Foundation.
Labels: Adelle Leonce, Arthur Wilson, Dickon Tyrrell, Geraldine Alexander, Gershwyn Eustache Jnr, Hattie Morahan, Helen Cripps, Jodie McNee, Kate O'Flynn, Lara Rossi, Paul Hilton, Samuel Edward-Cook, Sarah Malin