Bedlam cast update - at Shakespeare Globe from 5 Sep


Cast update for the world premiere of Nell Leyshon’s new play Bedlam, which opens at Shakespeare's Globe theatre 9 Sep 2010, following previews from 5 Sep - running to 1 Oct 2010.

The cast includes a number of actors from the Globe's productions of Henry IV Parts 1 and 2, including Sam Crane (Laurence), Danny Lee Wynter (Oliver), Barbara Marten (Annabel), Jade Williams (Nancy). Joining them will be Rose Leslie (May), Finty Williams (Gardenia) and Ella Smith (Phyllis). (Ella won the 2008 Evening Standard Award for Outstanding Newcomer and the 2008 Critics Circle award for Most Promising Newcomer in Neil Labute’s play Fat Pig.) The cast also includes Jason Baughan, Patrick Brennan, Daon Broni, Phil Cheadle, Sophie Duval, Christopher Godwin, Sean Kearns, James Lailey, Kevork Malikyan, Joseph Timms, Lorna Stuart..

It is directed by Jessica Swale, designed by Soutra Gilmour.

A fictional portrayal of a London hospital for the insane, based on direct research from Bethlem Royal Hospital. Bedlam is set in 18th-century London against an anarchic backdrop of binge drinkers, gin sellers and ballad singers. Under the supervision of the prejudiced Dr Carew and his imbecile son, Bedlam’s philosophy lies in containing rather than curing patients. But with the arrival of a lovely country girl, May, and the appointment of a more enlightened governor, Carew’s inhuman regime starts to crumble, along with his own sanity.

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