Almeida casting updates

Almeida casting updates

The Almeida Theatre has announced casting for The Lightning Play, which includes Eleanor David & Matthew Marsh and There Came a Gypsy Riding, which includes Eileen Atkins & Imelda Staunton

World premiere of The Lightning Play, by Charlotte Jones, opens 17 Nov 2006, following previews from 9 Nov - running to 6 Jan 2007. Directed by Anna Mackmin, designed by Lez Brotherston, lighting by Tim Mitchell, video design is by Jon Driscoll.
Cast includes: Eleanor David, Matthew Marsh, Adie Allen, Christina Cole, Lloyd Hutchinson, Simon Kassianides, Katherine Parkinson, Orlando Seale.
North London at Halloween, Max Villiers, a celebrity ghost writer, and his wife Harriet, a talented shopper, host a party. As Max connects his first plasma TV, the evening is hijacked by interference from the past. There are trick or treaters at the door and strangers on the brand new rug.

World premiere of There Came a Gypsy Riding, by Frank McGuinness, opens 18 Jan 2007, following previews from 11 Jan - running to 3 Mar 2007. Directed by Michael Attenborough, costumes & designed by Rob Jones, lighting by Paul Pyant.
Cast includes: Eileen Atkins, Imelda Staunton, Elaine Cassidy, Aidan McArdle, Ian McElhinney.
The McKenna family convenes at their remote West of Ireland holiday home to mark the 21st birthday of their late son Gene. Eccentric cousin Bridget appears along the causeway, inviting herself for birthday cake and conversation, and ready to expose a family secret. Even Margaret, the unstoppable mother, and Leo, the calm father, can’t hold things together in the face of an unexpected visit from the past.

Eileen Atkin's credits include extensive work for the National Theatre (including most recently Honour) and the Royal Shakespeare Company (including The Unexpected Man, which later transferred to Broadway), her London theatre work includes The Birthday Party at the Duchess Theatre, A Delicate Balance at the Haymarket, as well as Vita and Virginia, her own play, which premiered at the Chichester Festival Theatre and then transferred to the West End. She has most recently been seen playing Sister Aloysius on Broadway in John Patrick Shanley’s Doubt. Her many film credits include Wolf, Vanity Fair, Ask The Dust, Cold Mountain, The Hours, Jack and Sarah and Gosford Park and on television her credits include Cold Comfort Farm, The Maitlands and Bertie and Elizabeth.

Imelda Staunton's theatre work includes Life x 3, The Beggar’s Opera, A Chorus of Disapproval and Guys and Dolls all for the National Theatre, The Wizard of Oz for the Royal Shakespeare Company and Uncle Vanya at the Vaudeville Theatre. Her extensive film work includes Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Vera Drake, Nanny McPhee, Bright Young Things and Shakespeare in Love. On television her work includes My Family and Other Animals, Little Britain, Fingersmith, Family Business, The Singing Detective and David Copperfield.

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