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A Chorus of Disapproval by Ayckbourn at Harold Pinter
A Chorus of Disapproval, by Alan Ayckbourn, opens at the Harold Pinter Theatre 27 Sep 2012, following previews from 17 Sep - booking to 5 Jan 2013.
Directed by Trevor Nunn, cast includes Rob Brydon (Dafydd ap Llewellyn), Nigel Harman (Guy Jones), Ashley Jensen (Hannah Llewellyn), Teresa Banham (Enid Washbrook),Daisy Beaumont (Fay Hubbard), Georgia Brown (Bridget Baines), Rob Compton(Crispin Usher), Matthew Cottle (Ted Washbrook) , Steven Edis (Mr Ames).
Designed by Rob Jones, lighting by Tim Mitchell, sound by Fergus O’Hare, produced by Sonia Friedman Productions.
The Pendon Amateur Light Operatic Society’s production of The Beggar’s Opera is going off the rails, that is until a handsome but shy young widower Guy joins the group. An instant hit with the company’s ferociously zealous director Dafydd and the show’s leading ladies, including Dafydd’s wife Hannah , Guy soon gets more than he bargained for as he discovers that all the best action happens off-stage. Classic songs fill the air as the drama on stage is mirrored by the romantic rivalry and small town squabbles causing a stir in the wings of this ambitious local show.
Rob Brydon, who is making his West End acting debut, studied at The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama before joining BBC Wales as a radio and television presenter. He first came to the public’s attention in 2000 with the television shows Marion and Geoff and Human Remains, winning British Comedy Awards for both. Since then his extensive comedy credits have included I’m Alan Partridge, Little Britain, Live at the Apollo, Rob Brydon’s Annually Retentive, QI, Have I Got News For You, Gavin and Stacey, for which he was BAFTA nominated, Rob Brydon’s Identity Crisis, The Trip and Would I Lie To You?.
Nigel Harman won a 2012 Laurence Olivier award for his portrayal of Lord Farquaad in Shrek The Musical at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane. His other theatre credits include Public Property at the Trafalgar Studios, Three Days of Rain at the Apollo Theatre, The Common Pursuit for the Menier Chocolate Factory and Privates on Parade at the Donmar Warehouse. His other musical theatre credits include Sky Masterson in Guys and Dolls at the Piccadilly Theatre, Eddie in Mamma Mia at the Prince Edward Theatre and Mickey in Damn Yankees at the Adelphi Theatre. On television Harman played Dennis Rickman in the BBC soap EastEnders and Sam in Hotel Babylon.
Ashley Jensen TV credits include playing Maggie opposite Ricky Gervais in Extras, Christina McKinney in ABC’s Ugly Betty and Olivia in the CBS sitcom Accidentally on Purpose. Her previous theatre credits include Attempts on Her Life, Uganda and Storming for the Royal Court.