Cast Update for Norman Conquests at Old Vic

Cast Update for Norman Conquests at Old Vic

Cast update for Alan Ayckbourn's trilogy of plays The Norman Conquests, which opens at the Old Vic theatre in a transformed ‘theatre-in-the-round’ auditorium, 6 Oct 2008, following previews from 11 Sep - booking to 20 Dec 2008

Ben Miles (Tom) & Amanda Root (Sarah) join previously announced Amelia Bullmore (Ruth), Jessica Hynes (Annie),Stephen Mangan (Norman), Paul Ritter (Reg).

Ben Miles was last seen on stage at the Royal Court in My Child and at the Old Vic as Bolingbroke in Richard II. Other theatre credits include Hand in Hand to the Promised Land at Hampstead, and The Cherry Orchard, The London Cuckolds and Mary Stuart at The National. Ben is best known for his role as Patrick in the BBC’s Coupling.

Amanda Root recently appeared on stage at the Almeida in Enemies and Conversations After a Burial. Other theatre includes extensive work at the RSC. Her work for television includes , Dolly in Anna Karenina (C4) and Adela in The House of Benarda Alba (C4). Films include Enduring Love, Whatever Happened to Harold Smith?, Persuasion and Jane Eyre.

The three plays: "Table Manners", "Living Together" and "Round and Round the Garden" are structured to allow each play to be enjoyed independently or as a trilogy in any combination.

The three plays will play in repertoire, but there will be several Saturdays when all three plays will be performed over one day. There are also several opportunities to see all three plays over a weekend.

The action of each play takes place simultaneously and follows the same six characters in the same English country house from Saturday evening to Monday morning. Believing it his mission in life to make women happy by showering them with love, Norman makes the most of every opportunity to seduce his sister-in-law Annie , charm his brother-in-law’s wife Sarah and woo his wife Ruth during a disastrous weekend of squabbling, eating, drinking and fondling.

It is directed by Matthew Warchus, designed by Rob Howell, with lighting by David Howe

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