Casting announced for The Empire at Royal Court Upstairs

Casting has been announced for The Empire, By DC Moore, which opens at the Royal Court Theatre Upstairs on 8 April 2010, following previews from 30 March - running to 1 May 2010.

Rufus Wright (Simon), Josef Altin (Hafizullah), Joe Armstrong (Gary), Imran Khan (Jalander), Nav Sidhu (Zia).

It is directed by Mike Bradwell, designed by Bob Bailey, lighting by Jason Taylor, sound by Nick Manning.

Helmand in the height of summer. Gary, a British soldier, and Hafizullah, his Afghan colleague, guard an injured young prisoner, Zia, found in the heat of battle. Gary wants answers, Hafizullah just wants to make it through the day and Zia thinks there has been a big mistake.

Rufus Wright London stage credits Frost/ Nixon (Donmar/Gielgud); Mary Stuart (Donmar/ Apollo Shaftesbury Ave); Journey’s End (Playhouse/ Duke of York’s).

Josef Altin London stage credits includes: Mrs Affleck (NT); Kingfisher Blue (Bush); Badnuff (Soho); Credible Witness (Royal Court).

Joe Armstrong London stage credits includes: Orphans, A Night at the Dogs & Protection (Soho); How Love is Spelt (Bush).

Imran Khan TV credits includes: Strike Back, Political Crime: ‘Najial Ali’, In the Sky.

Nav Sidhu Theatre credits Includes: Arabian Nights (RSC) and TV includes: Spooks.

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