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Cast announced for new Michael Frayn play.
Full casting has been announced for The Hampstead Theatre's upcoming production of Wild Honey, a new play by Michael Frayn from the play without a name by Anton Chekhov which runs at their north London venue from 2 December to 14 January 2017, with an official opening on 8 December 2016.
Directed by Howard Davies, the cast will include Geoffrey Streatfeild, Bruce Alexander, Joe Bannister, Gunnar Cauthery, Simon Chandler, Kammy Darweish, Joe Evans, Matthew Flynn, Jo Herbert, Rebecca Humphries, Justine Mitchell, Adrian Richards and Sophie Rundle.
"This comedy of errors, drawn from Chekhov’s untitled – and posthumously discovered - early play, is a tale of nineteenth century Russian life replete with classic misunderstandings, irrepressible desires and nostalgia for a vanishing world. Village schoolmaster Platonov has it all: wit, intelligence, a comfortable and respectable life in provincial Russia, and the attentions of four beautiful women - one of whom is his devoted wife… As summer arrives and the seasonal festivities commence, the rapidly intensifying heat makes everyone giddy with sunlight, vodka – and passion."
The production will have designs by Rob Howell with lighting by Peter Mumford, sound design by Mike Walker and music by Dominic Muldowney.
Geoffrey Streatfeild stars as Platonov, having recently starred in the National Theatre's Young Chekhov: Ivanov and The Seagull as well as The Beaux Stratagem, Children of the Sun, Earthquakes in London, The Pains of Youth, The History Boys and Bacchae (National Theatre) as well as My Night with Reg (Donmar Warehouse/West End).
Michael Frayn has written sixteen plays, including Copenhagen, Afterlife, Benefactors, Donkeys’ Years, and Democracy. He has also translated for the theatre, mostly Chekhov and other plays as well as Wild Honey from the Russian.
Tickets for Wild Honey are now on sale.